Friday, February 8, 2013

Happy Friday, fellow readers! Do you have exciting plans for the weekend? Perhaps a party to go to or a good novel to get lost in?

Some of the writers born on February 8th include:

Agrippa d’Aubigné (1552), Robert Burton (1577), Samuel Butler (1612), John Ruskin (1819) Maxime Du Camp (1822), Jules Verne (1828), Kate Chopin (1850), Ludwig Marcuse (1894), Elizabeth Bishop (1911), Bill Finger (1914), Neal Cassady (1926), Gene Lees (1928), Jean Saunders née Jean Innes (1932), Ted Koppel (1940), Tom Rush (1941), Jagjit Singh (1941), Pirzada Qasim (1943), John Grisham (1955), Nancy Oliver (1955), and Joshua Kadison (1963).

The American model, actress, and entertainer Anna Nicole Smith passed away on this day in 2007 of a prescription drug overdose. She was a former Playboy Playmate of the Year. She is most remembered for her marriage to the oil business mogul J. Howard Marshall, who was 62 years older than Anna Nicole, which resulted in speculation that she married the octogenarian for his money, which she denied. After Marshall’s death, she began a lengthy battle over a share of his estate. The last six months of Anna Nicole’s life was the focus of a renewed press coverage surrounding the death of her son, Daniel, and the paternity and custody battle over her newborn daughter Dannielynn.

Delaware voters rejected the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on February 8th, 1865. They voted to continue the practice of slavery. Delaware finally ratified the amendment in 1901.

On February 8th, 1885 the first government-approved Japanese immigrants arrived in Hawaii.

The Dawes Act authorized the President of the United States to survey Native American tribal land and divide it into individual allotments. It was passed on this day in 1887.

The silent drama film, The Birth of a Nation, directed by D.W. Griffith was released February 8th, 1915. It was originally called The Clansman. It was based on the novel and play called The Clansman, both of which were written by Thomas Dixon, Jr. The screenplay was co-written by Griffith and Frank E. Woods. Originally presented in two parts, separated by an intermission, the film chronicles the relationship of two families in Civil War and Reconstruction-era America: the pro-Union Northern Stonemans and the pro-Confederacy Southern Camerons over the course of several years. The film dramatized the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth. The film was a commercial success but highly controversial due to its portrial of African-American men (played by white actors in blackface) as unintelligent and sexually aggressive towards white women, and the portrayal of the Ku Klux Klan as a heroic force. The film was banned in several cities. The movie is credited as one of the events that inspired the formation of the “second era” Ku Klux Klan. The KKK used The Birth of a Nation as a recruiting tool. It was the first motion picture to be shown at the White House.

In 1922, President Warren G. Harding introduced the first radio in the White House on February eighth.

On February 8, 1924 the first state execution in the United States by gas chamber took place in Nevada.

The first portion of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible was published on this day in 1946. This was the first serious challenge to the popularity of the Authorized King James Version.

Elizabeth II was proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom on this day in 1952.

February eighth nineteen sixty was the day that the first eight brass star plaques were installed in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. These first eight plaques honor Joanne Woodward, Olive Borden, Ronald Colman, Louise Fazenda, Preston Foster, Burt Lancaster, Edward Sedgwick, and Ernest Torrence.

The John F. Kennedy administration made travel, financial and commercial transactions by United States citizens to Cuba illegal fifty years ago today.

Forty five years ago today was the Orangeburg massacre as part of the American civil rights movement. An attack on black students from South Carolina State University who were protesting racial segregation at the town’s only bowling alley left three or four dead in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

It was on February 8, 1971 that the NASDAQ stock market index opened for the first time.

The crew of Skylab 4 returned to Earth on this day in 1974 after they spent 84 days in space. This was the last crew to visit American space station Skylab.

Proceedings of the United States Senate were broadcast on radio for the first time 35 years ago today.

In 1983 the Melbourne dust storm hit Australia’s second largest city on the eighth of February. A 1,050 foot deep dust cloud enveloped the city, turning day to night. This was the result of the worst drought on record and a day of severe weather conditions. This occurred throughout much of Victoria, Australia and affected the capital, Melbourne. The dust storm was one of the most dramatic consequences of the 1982/83 drought, at the time the worst in Australian history and is, in hindsight, viewed as a precursor to the Ash Wednesday bushfires which were to occur eight days later.

On this day in 1996 the massive Internet collaboration “24 Hours in Cyberspace” took place. This was “the largest one-day online event” up to that date. It was headed by the photographer Rick Smolan. The project brought together the world’s top photographers, editors, programmers, and interactive designers to create a digital time capsule of online life. It took place on, which was an active website at the time. This event was billed as the “largest collaborative Internet event ever”. It involved thousands of photographers from all over the world. The goal was to show images of people whose lives were affected by the use of the growing Internet. Photographs were sent digitally to editors working real-time to choose the best pictures to put on the project’s website. The site got over 4 million hits in the 24 hours that the project was active. 24 Hours in Cyberspace was a cover story for U.S. News and World Report. A companion book was published in 1996. It contains 200 photographs from the over 200,000 which were taken on that day. It also contains a CD with the full contents of the original website.

The U.S. Congress passed the Communications Decency Act on the same day that 24 Hours in Cyberspace took place.

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cooking outside the pizza box

Today we bring you “Cooking Outside the Pizza Box: Easy Recipes for Today’s College Student” by Jean Patterson and Danae Campbell.  This book is spiral bound and approximately 160 pages long.  Amazon gives the following description:

College kids living on their own for the first time are startled to realize that now they have to cook for themselves. This attractive spiral-bound book is exactly what they need, serving up easy recipes and basic cooking methods for beginners. The resulting meals are nutritious and appetizing, more healthful and less expensive than relying on the local pizza parlor or Burger King every time hunger pangs strike. Practical advice and helpful tips instruct busy college kids on everything from food and equipment shopping and sharing a kitchen to scrambling an egg and preparing a complete, well-balanced meal. Recipes are divided into these general categories:
Munchies * Breakfast * Main Courses * Pasta and Rice * Soups * Veggies and Salads * Desserts *
Munchies include a great array of snacks and finger foods, from garlicky humus to pizza-flavored popcorn. Breakfast recipes include egg dishes, French toast, pancakes, and others. Main courses range from simple grilled sandwiches to more ambitious entrees like roasted chicken with lemon and herbs. Vegetarian dishes include tasty Portobello mushrooms with garlic mayonnaise, pan-fried Asian dumplings with dipping sauce, couscous and veggie salad, and many others. Among the dessert recipes are instructions for making brownies, cookies, chocolate cake, apple crisp, and a remarkably easy pumpkin pie. Recipes come with a special trouble-shooting and mistake-avoiding feature called Don’t Let This Happen to You. Attractive line illustrations and a handy index help make this book a godsend for hungry college kids. Makes a good high school graduation gift!


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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