Thursday, March 7, 2013

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
― Neil GaimanCoraline

Today is World Maths Day, Nametag Day, National Be Heard Day and Cereal Day. Make yourself heard by us. Tell us your favorite cereal and your favorite book at the moment.


Some of the writers born on March 7th include:

Guillaume du Vair (1556), Ewald Christian von Kleist (1715), William L. Laurence (1888), Léo Malet (1909), Mochtar Lubis (1922), Jean-Paul Desbiens (1927), Willard Herman Scott, Jr. (1934), Georges Perec (1936), Danyel Gérard (1939), Michael Eisner (1942), Townes Van Zandt (1944), Bob Herbert (1945), Elizabeth Moon (1945), Daniel Goleman (1946), Robert Harris (1957), and Bret Easton Ellis (1964).

Nicéphore Niépce (born Joseph Niépce) was born on this day in 1765. He was a French inventor, most noted as one of the inventors of photography and a pioneer in the field. He developed heliography, a technique used to produce the world’s first known photograph in 1825. Among Niépce’s other inventions was the Pyréolophore, the world’s first ‘internal combustion engine‘, which he conceived, created, and developed with his older brother Claude.

On this day in 1827 Brazil marines unsuccessfully attacked the temporary naval base of Carmen de Patagones, Argentina.

Senator Daniel Webster gave his “Seventh of Marchspeech on this day in 1850 in which he endorsed the Compromise of 1850 in order to prevent a possible civil war.

During the American Civil War on March 7, 1862, Union forces defeated Confederate troops at Pea Ridge in northwestern Arkansas.

It was on this day in 1876 when Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent for an invention he calls the telephone.

The German liner SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse became the first ship to send wireless signals to shore when it did so on March 7, 1900.

On March 7, 1912, Roald Amundsen announced that his expedition had reached the South Pole on December 14, 1911.

As a Prelude to World War II, on March 7, 1936, in violation of the Locarno Pact and the Treaty of Versailles, Germany reoccupied the Rhineland. Exactly nine years to the day later American troops seized the Ludendorff Bridge over the Rhine River at Remagen.

As part of the Cold War, the Soviet Union issued a statement on March 7, 1950 denying that Klaus Fuchs served as a Soviet spy.

On this day in 1951, as part of the Korean War, Operation Ripper took Place. United Nations troops led by General Matthew Ridgeway began an assault against Chinese forces.

March 7, 1965 is known as Bloody Sunday. A group of 600 civil rights marchers were forcefully broken up in Selma, Alabama.

The United States and South Vietnamese military began Operation Cong Dinh of the Vietnam War on March 7, 1968 to root out Viet Cong forces from the area surrounding Mỹ Tho.

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered his historic speech on the seventh of March in 1971 at Suhrawardy Udyan.

The international release of the song “We Are the World” was on March 7, 1985. “We Are the World” is a song and charity single originally recorded by the supergroup USA for Africa in 1985. It was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian for the album We Are the World. With sales in excess of 20 million copies, it is one of the fewer than 30 all-time singles to have sold 10 million (or more) copies worldwide.

Divers from the USS Preserver located the crew cabin of the Challenger on the ocean floor on this day in 1986. The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster occurred on January 28, 1986, when Space Shuttle Challenger (mission STS-51-L) broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, leading to the deaths of its seven crew members. The spacecraft disintegrated over the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of central Florida at 11:38 EST (16:38 UTC).

On this day in 1989 Iran and the United Kingdom broke diplomatic relations after a row over Salman Rushdie and his controversial novel.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on March 7, 1994 that parodies of an original work are generally covered by the doctrine of fair use.

On March 7, 2006 the terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba coordinated a series of bombings in Varanasi, India.

The British House of Commons voted on March 7, 2007 to make the upper chamber, the House of Lords, 100% elected.

Four years ago today the Keptler space observatory was launched. It was designed to discover Earth-like planets orbiting other stars.


Today’s highlighted title is Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds.  This classic is an award winning story is appropriate for anyone ages eight and up.  We have New copies in stock.  We also have the two other Shiloh stories of this trilogy in stock, Shiloh Season and Saving Shiloh. Amazon describes this book:

When Marty Preston comes across a young beagle in the hills behind his home, it’s love at first sight — and also big trouble. It turns out the dog, which Marty names Shiloh, belongs to Judd Travers, who drinks too much and has a gun — and abuses his dogs. So when Shiloh runs away from Judd to Marty, Marty just has to hide him and protect him from Judd. But Marty’s secret becomes too big for him to keep to himself, and it exposes his entire family to Judd’s anger. How far will Marty have to go to make Shiloh his?


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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