Monday, February 18, 2013

Got your snack?  We have a longer-than-usual post for you today so we’ll jump right into it!

Some of the writers born February 18th include:

Charles-Irénée Castel de Saint-Pierre (1658), Gergely Luthár (1841), Wilson Barrett (1846), Alexander Kielland (1849), William Laurel Harris (1870), Nikos Kazantzakis (1883), Luis Muñoz Marín (1898), Oscar Bodney (1907), Wallace Stegner (1909), Pee Wee King (1914), Juhan Smuul (1922), Sam Rolfe (1924), Peter Fryer (1927), Len Deighton (1929), Toni Morrison (1931), Audre Lorde (1934), Janette Oke (1935), Jean Auel (1936), Fabrizio De André (1940), Herman Santiago (1941), Graeme Garden (1943), Keith Knudsen (1948), Miles Tredinnick (1955), George Pelecanos (1957), Henry Winter (1963), Jillian Michaels (1974), Sean Watkins (1977), and Regina Spektor (1980).

Harry Brearley, the man who is usually credited with the invention of “rustless steel” (later to be called “stainless steel“) in the English-speaking world was born on this day in 1871.

Vanna White, the American television personality and film actress best known as the hostess of “Wheel of Fortune” since 1982 celebrates her 56th birthday today.

The founder of Tiffany & Co., Charles Lewis Tiffany passed away 111 years ago today. A leader in the American jewelry trade in the nineteenth century, he was known for his jewelry expertise, created the country’s first retail catalog, and, in 1851, he introduced the English standard of sterling silver. His son, Louis Comfort Tiffany, was a decorative glass and lamp designer famous for his stained glass windows and art glass. In addition to his business, Tiffany was a patron of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and one of the founders of the New York Society of Fine Arts.

It was on this day in 1982 that the world lost the author, Ngaio Marsh. She was born Edith Ngaio Marsh, was a New Zealand crime writer and theatre director. Internationally Marsh is known primarily for her creation Inspector Roderick Alleyn, a gentleman detective who works for the Metropolitan Police (London). Thus she is one of the “Queens of Crime” alongside Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Margery Allingham.

John Tunstall was murdered February 18, 1878 by outlaw Jesse Evans, sparking the Lincoln County War in Lincoln County, New Mexico. The Lincoln Country War was an Old West range war between rival factions. The feud became famous because of the participation of a number of notable Old West figures, including Billy the Kid, sheriffs William Brady and Pat Garret, cattle rancher John Chisum, lawyer and businessman Alexander Sween, and the general storemonopolist Lawrence Murphy. The war was fictionalized in several Hollywood films, including The Left Handed Gun in 1958, John Wayne’s Chisum in 1970, and the 1988 film Young Guns.

On this day in 1900, as part of the Second Boer War, Imperial forces suffered their worst single-day loss of life on Bloody Sunday, the first day of the Battle of Paardeberg.

The first official flight with air mail took place from Allahabad, United Provinces, British India (now India), on the 18th of February in 1911 when Henri Pequet, a 23-year-old pilot, delivered 6,500 letters to Naini, about 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) away.

Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh on February 18, 1930 when he was studying photographs taken in January.

On the same day that Pluto was discovered Elm Farm Ollie became not only the first cow to fly in a fixed-wing aircraft but also the first cow to be milked in an aircraft. Imagine what she would have told her fellow livestock when she landed?

During the Nanking Massacre on this day in 1938, Nanking Safety Zone International Committee was renamed “Nanking International Rescue Committee” and the safety zone that was in place for refugees fell apart.

February 18, 1943 was the date that the Nazis arrested the members of the White Rose movement. The White Rose was a lawabiding, non-violent, intellectual resistance group in Nazi Germany, consisting of students from the University of Munich and their philosophy professor. The group became known for an anonymous leaflet and graffiti campaign, lasting from June 1942 until February 1943, that called for active opposition to dictator Adolf Hitler‘s regime. Today, the members of the White Rose are honored in Germany amongst its greatest heroes, since they opposed the Third Reich in the face of almost certain death.

The Sportpalast speech (German: Sportpalastrede, SportsPalace speech) or total war speech was a speech delivered by Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels at the Berlin Sportpalast to a large but carefully selected audience on the 18th of February in 1943 calling for a total war, as the tide of World War II had turned against Nazi Germany and its Axis allies. It is considered the most famous of Joseph Goebbels’s speeches. The speech was the first public admission by the Nazi leadership that Germany faced serious dangers. Goebbels exhorted the German people to continue the war even though it would be long and difficult because he asserted that both Germany’s survival and the survival of a non-Bolshevist Europe were at stake.

The first Church of Scientology was established in Los Angeles, California on this day in 1954.

Operation Teapot was a series of fourteen nuclear test explosions conducted at the Nevada Test Site in the first half of 1955. It was preceded by Operation Castle, and followed by Operation Wigwam. The aims of the operation were to establish military tactics for ground forces on a nuclear battlefield, and to improve the nuclear weapons used for strategic delivery. Teapot test shot “Wasp” was successfully detonated February 18, 1955 at the Nevada Test Site with a yield of 1.2 kilotons.

On February 18, 1970, The Chicago Seven were found not guilty. The Chicago Seven (originally Chicago Eight, also Conspiracy Eight/Conspiracy Seven) were seven defendants—Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines, and Lee Weiner—charged with conspiracy, inciting to riot, and other charges related to protests that took place in Chicago, Illinois on the occasion of the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Bobby Seale, the eighth man charged, had his trial severed during the proceedings, lowering the number from eight to seven.

On this day in 1972 the California Supreme Court in the case of People v. Anderson, 6 Cal.3d 628 invalidated the state’s death penalty and commuted the sentences of all death row inmates to life imprisonment.

February 18, 1977 was the day that the Space Shuttle Enterprise test vehicle was carried on its maiden “flight” on top of a Boeing 747.

In 1978 the first Ironman Triathlon competition took place on the island of Oahu on February eighteenth. This was won by Gordon Haller. The Ironman Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2 run, raced in that order and without a break. The name Ironman Triathlon refers to both the original Ironman triathlon and the annual Ironman World Championships. Also called Ironman Hawaii, the world championships of the event, held annually in Hawaii since 1978 are now preceded by a series of qualifying events. Ironman Triathlon became known for its grueling length, harsh race conditions, and television coverage.

Snow fell in the Sahara Desert in southern Algeria for the only time in recorded history on February 18, 1979.

A dozen years ago today, during the Daytona 500 was when the world lost the seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt. He was involved in a car accident during the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Earnhardt was 49 years old when he died. The event was highly publicized and generated intense interest from the media and resulted in various safety improvements in NASCAR auto racing. Following Earnhardt’s death and the subsequent investigation of the events leading to his death, NASCAR began an intensive focus on safety that has seen the organization mandate the use of head-and-neck restraints, oversee the installation of SAFER barriers at all oval tracks, set rigorous new inspection rules for seats and seat-belts, develop a roof-hatch escape system, and which eventually led to the development of a next-generation race car built with extra driver safety in mind: the Car of Tomorrow. Earnhardt had been the fourth driver to die in NASCAR competition within a year, beginning with Adam Petty’s fatal crash in May 2000.

coaching youth baseball

Today we bring you the book “Coaching Youth Baseball the Ripken Way” by  Cal Ripken Jr., Bill Ripken, and Scott Lowe.  We have paperback copies in stock.  This book is described on Amazon as follows:

Coaching young players, developing their skills, and cultivating a love for the sport may be the most rewarding experience baseball can offer. Cal and Bill Ripken understand this like few others.
From their father, Cal Sr., a legend in the Baltimore Orioles organization for 37 years, they learned to play the game the right way. Those lessons, paired with their combined 33 years of big league experience, helped develop the Ripken Way, a method of teaching the game through simple instruction, solid explanations, encouragement, and a positive atmosphere. In Coaching Youth Baseball the Ripken Way, Cal and Bill share this approach to coaching and development.
Whether you’re teaching your children at home, managing the local travel team, or working with high school-level players, Coaching Youth Baseball the Ripken Way will help you make a difference both on and off the field, with these features:

  • More than 50 drills covering defense, hitting, pitching, and baserunning
  • Age-specific practice plans for players ranging from 4 to 15+
  • Strategies for setting goals and reasonable expectations for your players and team
  • Advice on communicating with parents, players, and staff
  • Methods for creating a positive and fun environment in which kids can learn the skills and strategies of the game

Bill Ripken was once voted by his peers as one of the big league players most likely to become a manager. Cal Ripken, Jr., known as baseball’s Iron Man, is a member of the game’s All-Century Team and a future Hall of Famer. Together, they are proof positive that the Ripken Way is the right way to teach the game of baseball.


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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