Saturday, February 9, 2013

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Some of the writes born on February 9th include:

Vasily Zhukovsky (1783), Felix Dahn (1834), Natsume Sōseki (1867), Amy Lowell (1874), Brendan Behan (1923), Richard A. Long (1927), Roger Mudd (1928), Thomas Bernhard (1931), Lionel Fanthorpe (1935), J.M. Coetzee (1940), Barbara Lewis (1943), Alice Walker (1944), Mary Jo Duffy (1954), and Omar Belhouchet (1954).

Also born today was the 9th President of the United States, William Henry Harrison in 1773.

The author of Crime and Punishment, the Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky passed away on this day in 1881.

On this day in 1775, as part of the American Revolutionary War, the British Parliament declared Massachusetts in rebellion.

February 9, 1825, the United States House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams as President of the United States after no presidential candidate received a majority of the electoral votes in the election of 1824.

Jefferson Davis was elected as the Provisional President of the Confederate States of America by the Confederate convention at Montgomery, Alabama on the 9th of February in 1861.

The U.S. Weather Bureau was established February 9, 1870 when President Ulysses S. Grant signed a joint resolution of Congress.

President Grover Cleveland signed a bill February 9, 1889 that elevated the United States Department of Agriculture to a Cabinet-level agency.

A group of meteors was visible across the sky of much of the eastern seaboard of North and South America a century ago today. This lead astronomers to conclude the source has been a small, short-lived natural satellite of the Earth.

The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, usually known as the Berne Convention, is an international agreement governing copyright, which was first accepted in Berne, Switzerland, in 1886. In addition to establishing a system of equal treatment that internationalised copyright amongst signatories, the agreement also required member states to provide strong minimum standards for copyright law. Brazil became a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty on this day in 1922.

Top United States military leaders held their first formal meeting to discuss American military strategy in World War II on the ninth of February in 1942. That same day the United States re-instated year-round Daylight saving time as a wartime measure to help conserve energy resources.

The Second Red Scare happened on this day in 1950 when Senator Joseph McCarthy accused the United States Department of State of being filled with Communists.

As part of the Vietnam war, the first United States combat troops were sent February 9, 1965 to South Vietnam.

The San Fernando Valley area of California was hit by the Sylmar earthquake on this day in 1971. This magnitude 6.6 earthquake hit right at six in the morning and lasted approximately 60 seconds. There are various names for this earthquake. Seismologists and USGS call it the San Fernando earthquake. Media dubbed it the Sylmar Quake due to the fact that the worst damage was to the Olive View Medical Center, located in Sylmar.

Satchel Paige became the first Negro League player to be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on February 9th, 1971. This was the same day that the Apollo 14 returned to Earth after the third manned moon landing. Exactly four years to the day later another spacecraft returned to Earth, the Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 17.

howards end

Today we highlight the classic Howard’s End by E.M. Forster.  This is another of the titles that are often required reading at local schools. We have new copies of the Centennial Edition from Signet Classics in stock.  Amazon gives the following short description:

A 20th-century classic on British society’s class warfare, as seen through the eyes of three different castes. Howards End, a house in the Herefordshire countryside, is the source of conflict between these parties-and ultimately a symbol of class conflict in England.

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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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