Tuesday, March 5, 2013

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”
― Groucho MarxThe Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx

Hello, hi, and howdy. March 5th is Multiple Personalities Day.

Some of the writers born on March 5th include:

Vasily Kirillovich Trediakovsky (1703), Howard Pyle (1853),  Frank Norris (1870), Dora Marsden (1882), Irving Fiske (1908), Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922), J. B. Lenoir (1929), Paul Evans (1938),  Mike Resnick (1943),  Roy Gutman (1944), Mem Fox (1946), Tom Russell (1947), Penn Jillette (1955), Marco Paolini (1956), Ray Suarez (1957), David Fury (1959), Jonathan Penner (1962), Bertrand Cantat (1964), Danny King (1969),  Yuri Lowenthal (1971), and Nelly Arcan (1973).

Momofuku Ando was born on this day in 1910.  He was a Taiwanese-Japanese businessman who founded Nissin Food Products Co., Ltd.  He is famed as the inventor of instant noodles and cup noodles.

Joel Scott Osteen turns 50 today. He is an American author, televangelist, and the senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. His ministry reaches over seven million broadcast media viewers weekly in over 100 nations around the world.

A year ago today the world lost Robert Sherman. He was an American songwriter who specialized in musical films with his brother Richard. Some of the Sherman Brothers‘ best known songs were incorporated into movies and animations like Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Slipper and the Rose, Charlotte’s Web and the theme park song “It’s a Small World (After All)”. In 1958, Sherman founded the music publishing company, Music World Corporation, which later worked with Disney’s BMI publishing arm, Wonderland Music Company. That same year, the Sherman Brothers had their first Top Ten hit with “Tall Paul“, which was sung by Annette Funicello. The success of this song yielded the attention of Walt Disney who eventually hired the Sherman Brothers as Staff Songwriters for Walt Disney Studios. In June 2005, Robert B. Sherman was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame with his brother. He was aged 86 when he passed away last year. A public funeral was held for him on March 9, 2012 at Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary in Culver City and he was later buried there.

Naser Khosrow began the seven-year Middle Eastern journey on March 5, 1046. He later described this journey in a book he wrote called Safarnama.

The book De revolutionibus orbium coelestium by Nicolaus Copernicus was banned by the Catholic Church on this day in 1616.

The first Spanish governor of Louisiana, Antonio de Ulloa, arrived in New Orleans on March 5, 1766.

The Boston Massacre occurred on this day in 1770. Five Americans were killed by British troops in an event that would contribute to the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War five year later. At a subsequent trial the soldiers were defended by John Adams.

Samuel Colt made the first productionmodel revolver on March 5, 1836. This was the .34-caliber.

On March 5, 1850 the Britannia Bridge across the Menai Strait between the Isle of Anglesey and the mainland of Wales was opened.

The air brake was patented on this day in 1872 by George Westinghouse.

United States Army troops brought overwhelming force March 5, 1906 against the native Moros in the First Battle of Bud Dajo as part of the Moro Rebellion. They left only six survivors.

On March 5, 1912 Italian forces were the first to use airships for military purposes, employing them for reconnaissance behind Turkish lines.

The British Viceroy of India, Governor-General Edward Frederick Lindley Wood and Mohandas Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi) signed an agreement on March 5, 1931 envisaging the release of political prisoners and allowing salt to be freely used by the poorest members of the population.

As part of the Great Depression, on this day in 1933 President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared a “bank holiday”, closing all U.S. banks and freezing all financial transactions.

Members of Soviet politburo signed an order on March 5, 1940 for the execution of 25,700 Polish intelligentsia, including 14,700 Polish POWs. This is also known as the Katyn massacre.

The first flight of Gloster Meteor jet aircraft in the United Kingdom occurred seventy years ago today. The Gloster Meteor was the first British jet fighter and the Allies‘ first operational jet aircraft. The Meteor’s development was heavily reliant on its groundbreaking turbojet engines, developed by Sir Frank Whittle and his company, Power Jets Ltd. Development of the aircraft began in 1940, work on the engines had started in 1936. The Meteor first flew in 1943 and commenced operations on 27 July 1944 with 616 Squadron of the Royal Air Force (RAF). Although the Meteor was not an aerodynamically advanced aircraft, it proved to be a successful and effective combat fighter.

Winston Churchill used the phrase “Iron Curtain” in his speech on March 5, 1946 at Westminster College in Missouri.

Cuban photographer Alberto Korda took his iconic photograph of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara on March 5, 1960.


Wham-O patented the Hula Hoop fifty years ago today.

March Intifada occurred on this day in 1965 when a Leftist uprising erupted in Bahrain against British colonial presence.

On March 5, 1966 BOAC Flight 911 crashed on Mount Fuji, Japan, killing 124.

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty went into effect March 5, 1970 after ratification by 43 nations. The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, commonly known as the Non-Proliferation Treaty or NPT, is an international treaty whose objective is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament.

Israeli forces withdrew from the west bank of the Suez Canal on this day in 1974 during the Yom Kippur War.

The Homebrew Computer Club was an early computer hobbyist users’ group in Silicon Valley, which met (under that name) from March 5, 1975, to December 1986. Several very high-profile hackers and IT entrepreneurs emerged from its ranks, including the founders of Apple Inc. The short-lived newsletter they published was instrumental in creating the technological culture of Silicon Valley. The influence of the club was depicted in the made-for-television movie Pirates of Silicon Valley.

The Landsat 3 was launched March 5, 1978 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The Landsat program is the longest running enterprise for acquisition of satellite imagery of Earth. On July 23, 1972 the Earth Resources Technology Satellite was launched. This was eventually renamed to Landsat. The most recent, Landsat Data Continuity Mission, was launched on February 11, 2013. The instruments on the Landsat satellites have acquired millions of images. The images, archived in the United States and at Landsat receiving stations around the world, are a unique resource for global change research and applications in agriculture, cartography, geology, forestry, regional planning, surveillance and education.

The Soviet probes Venera 11, Venera 12 and the American solar satellite Helios II were all hit on March 5, 1979 by “off the scale” gamma rays which led to the discovery of soft gamma repeaters. A soft gamma repeater (SGR) is an astronomical object which emits large bursts of gamma-rays and X-rays at irregular intervals. It is conjectured that they are a type of magnetar or, alternatively, neutron stars with fossil disks around them. The Soviet probe Venera 14 landed on Venus on this day in 1982.

America’s Voyager 1 spacecraft had its closest approach to Jupiter on March 5, 1979 at 172,000 miles.

The ZX81, a pioneering British home computer, was launched March 5, 1981 by Sinclair Research and would go on to sell over 1.5 million units around the world.

Martha Stewart was convicted on all four counts of felony charges on this day in 2004.

mayor of casterbridge

Today we bring you the classic The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy.  This is another title often required to be read for school. He have a couple different editions of this story in stock including the Dover Thrift Edition.  Amazon gives the following brief description of the story:

A cruel joke at a country fair goes too far when a drunken laborer auctions off his wife and child to the highest bidder. Rich in descriptive powers and steeped in irony, Hardy’s gripping tale unfolds amid a rural English community. It offers a spellbinding portrayal of ambition, rivalry, revenge, and repentance.

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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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