Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Here in California it is Ronald Reagan Day. On February 6th, 1998 the Washington National Airport was renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport. Ronald Reagan was born on February 6th, 1911.

Today is also International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation which is observed primarily by the United Nations.

Some of the writers born February 6th include:

Džore Držić (1461), Antonio Vieira (1608), Daniel Georg Morhof (1639), Évariste de Parny (1753), Ugo Foscolo (1778), José María de Pereda (1833), Wilhelm von Scherff (1834), Frederic William Henry Myers (1843), John Henry Mackay (1864), Eric Partridge (1894), Jan Werich (1905), Joseph Schull (1906), Michael Maltese (1908), Irmgard Keun (1910), Lothar-Günther Buchheim (1918), Jin Yong (1924), Pramoedya Ananta Toer (1925), Oscar Sambrano Urdaneta (1929), Jean Beaudin (1939), Willie Tee (1944), Kate McGarrigle (1946), Bill Staines (1947), Jane Gordon-Cumming (1950), Viktor Giacobbo (1952), Michael Pollan (1955), Quentin Letts (1963), Kevin Trudeau (1963), and Yael Naim (1978).

Also born on February sixth was Aaron Burr, the third Vice President of the United States. He was born in 1756 and lived until 1836.

Isidor Straus was born on this day in 1845. This JewishGermanAmerican was co-owner of Macy’s department store with his brother Nathan. He also served briefly s a member of the United States House of Representatives. He and his wife, Ida, were passengers on the RMS Titanic and died when it sank in 1912.

Have you ever been to Disneyland and gone on Pirates of the Caribbean or the Haunted Mansion? Do you remember the “They’re great!” Tony The Tiger Frosted Flakes commercials? Did you ever see the classic Christmas television special, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!? I bet you’re wondering what these questions have in common. These are just a few highlights of the career of Thurl Ravenscroft. Thurl Ravencroft was born on this day in 1914 and started his voice acting career in 1940 and continued to work until he passed away in 2005 at the age of 91. If you answered yes to any of my questions you have heard Ravencroft’s voice. Even if you answered no, you, too, have probably heard his voice. His credits are quite numerous and spans six and a half decades.

The inventor of the tranquillizer gun, a New Zealand pharmacist named Colin Murdoch was born on this day in 1929.

As part of the American Revolutionary War, on February 6th, 1778, the Treaty of Alliance and the Treaty of Amity and Commerce were signed in Paris by the United States and France which signaled official recognition of the new republic.

On February 6, 1788, Massachusetts became the sixth state to ratify the United States Constitution.

In the State of Victoria, Australia, the largest Australian bush fires in a populous region in recorded history took place on the this day in 1851.

The U.S. Navy gave the Union it’s first victory of the American Civil War on February 6, 1862, the capturing of Fort Henry, Tennessee in the Battle of Fort Henry.

One hundred and fourteen years ago today the Treaty of Paris was ratified by the United States Senate. This peace treaty between the United States and Spain was part of the Spanish-American War.
The 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution went into effect on the sixth of February in the year 1933. This Amendment established the beginning and ending of the terms of the elected federal offices.

The Willamette Valley Flood of 1996 was on February sixth. Floods in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, United States, causes over five hundred million dollars in property damage throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Easter Island

Today we are highlighting the book “Easter Island” by Jennifer Vanderbes. We have new copies of this trade paperback for only $9.87. It is approximately 320 pages long.  Amazon gives the following description:

In this extraordinary fiction debut–rich with love and betrayal, history and intellectual passion–two remarkable narratives converge on Easter Island, one of the most remote places in the world.
It is 1913. Elsa Pendleton travels from England to Easter Island with her husband, an anthropologist sent by the Royal Geographical Society to study the colossal moai statues, and her younger sister. What begins as familial duty for Elsa becomes a grand adventure; on Easter Island she discovers her true calling. But, out of contact with the outside world, she is unaware that World War I has been declared and that a German naval squadron, fleeing the British across the South Pacific, is heading toward the island she now considers home.
Sixty years later, Dr. Greer Farraday, an American botanist, travels to Easter Island to research the island’s ancient pollen, but more important, to put back the pieces of her life after the death of her husband.
A series of brilliant revelations brings to life the parallel quests of these two intrepid young women as they delve into the centuries-old mysteries of Easter Island. Slowly unearthing the island’s haunting past, they are forced to confront turbulent discoveries about themselves and the people they love, changing their lives forever.
Easter Island is a tour de force of storytelling that will establish Jennifer Vanderbes as one of the most gifted writers of her generation.

reading an adventure that never ends

Disclaimer: Much of the information in this blog is taken directly from Wikipedia and Amazon.   Images have been taken from various sources around the World Wide Web.

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