Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Today is World Radio Day. In honor of the first edition of World Radio Day in 2012, Lifeline Energy, FrontlineSMS, SOAS Radio and Empowerhouse hosted a seminar in London. A variety of practitioners, academics and tools providers joined at the School of Oriental and African Studies to explore ways in which radio reaches even the most remote and vulnerable communities.

Some of the writers born on February 13th include:

Nienke van Hichtum (1860), Eleanor Farjeon (1881), Géza Csáth (1887), Kate Robers (1891), Georges Simenon (1903), Faiz Ahmed Faiz (1911), Boudleaux Bryant (1920), Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber (1924), Yves Michaud (1930), Simms Taback (1932), Ali El0Maak (1937), Raôul Duguay (1939), R.C. Sproul (1930), William Sleator (1945), Judy Dyble (1949), Judy Dyble (1950), Chuck Neubauer (1950), Jean-François Lisée (1958), Tony Dalton (1975), Iván González (1975), and Feist (1976).

The founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was also born on this day, in 1835. So was Alfred Carlton Gilbert, in 1884, who was an inventor, athlete, toy-maker and businessman best known as the inventor of the Erector Set. The television host Jerry Springer was born on this day in 1944.

On this day in 1952 the world lost the English author, Josephine Tey.

To thank our readers we have a surprise. There is a secret link hidden somewhere in this blog.  Find it and follow the instructions to receive a special treat.

The Cinematographe was patented on February 13, 1894 by Auguste and Louis Lumière. The device is a combination of a movie camera and a projector.

On February 13, 1914, in New York City, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers was established to protect the copyrighted musical compositions of its members.

On this day in 1935 a jury in Flemington, New Jersey found Bruno Hauptmann guilty of the 1932 kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby, the son of Charles Lindbergh.

This was an eventful day in 1945 for World War II. The siege of Budapest concluded with the unconditional surrender of German and Hungarian forces to the Red Army. The Royal Air Force bombers were dispatched to Dresden, Germany to attack the city with a massive aerial bombardment.

On the thirteenth of February 1954, Frank Selvy became the only NCAA Division I basketball player ever to score 100 points in a single game.

February 13, 1960 was when black college students staged the first of the Nashville sit-ins at three lunch counters in Nashville, Tennessee.

A 500,000-year old rock was discovered on February 13, 1961 near Olancha, California that appeared to anachronistically encase a spark plug. If a spark plug is encased in a 500,000-year-old “geode,” this finding would represent a substantial scientific and historical anomaly, as spark plugs were invented in the 19th century. Critics have argued, however, that the concretion, not geode, containing the Coso artifact can be explained by known natural processes and credible evidence for it being 500,000 years is completely lacking.

American researchers discovered the Madrid Codices by Leonardo da Vinci on February 13, 1967, in the National Library of Spain.

As part of the Vietnam War, on this day in 1971 South Vietnamese troops invaded Laos. They were backed by American air and artillery support.

A bomb exploded on February 13, 1978 in a refuse truck outside the Hilton Hotel in Sydney, Australia. This bomb killed two refuse collectors and a policeman.

Western Washington was struck thirty-four years ago today by an intense windstorm that sank a half a mile long section of the Hood Canal Bridge.

More than two miles of streets were destroyed thirty-two years ago today when a series of sewer explosions went off in Louisville, Kentucky. The blasts were caused by the ignition of hexane vapors which had been illegally discharged from a Ralston-Purina soybean processing plant located near the University of Louisville. The plant, located on Floyd Street, is recognizable for its large, landmark silos, visible from Eastern Parkway and Interstate 65. There were no fatalities, but Ralston-Purina paid $18 million to the Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District and more than $8.9 million to 16,000 plaintiffs in a lawsuit settled in 1984. The company admitted that it released hexane into the sewers, but denied negligence.

The last originalPeanutscomic strip appeared in newspapers thirteen years ago today, one day after Charles M. Shulz passed away.

On February 13, 2004, the HarvardSmithsonian Center for Astrophysics announced the discovery of the universe‘s largest known diamond, white drawf star BPM 37093. Astronomers named this star “Lucy” after the The Beatles’ song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”.

Two years ago today the Umatilla, an American Indian tribe was able to hunt and harvest a bison just outside of Yellowstone National Park for the first time in more than one hundred years. This restored a centuries-old tradition guaranteed by a treaty signed in 1855.
The European Space Agency (ESA) conducted the first launch of the European Vega rocket from Europe’s spaceport in Kourous, French Guiana one year ago today.


Our highlighted title of the day is “Nightjohn” by Gary Paulsen. This title is often an assigned reading for the local schools. It is recommended for reading level age twelve and up.  It is112 pages long. Amazon gives the following short review:

Imagine being beaten for learning to read, shackled and whipped for learning a few letters of the alphabet. Now, imagine a man brave enough to risk torture in order to teach others how to read; his name is Nightjohn, and he sneaks into the slave camps at night to teach other slaves how to read and write. Celebrated author Gary Paulsen writes a searing meditation on why the ability to read and write is radical, empowering , and so necessary to our freedom. These skills threaten our oppressors because they allow us to communicate–to learn the real status of our slavery and to seek liberation. In this tightly written, painful, joyous little novel is a key that may unlock the power of reading for even the most reluctant teens.


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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