Monday, March 11, 2013

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
― C.S. Lewis

We are now seventy days into the year. That leaves just 295 more days to go until we start scribbling out the three on our checks and turn it into a four. Many of us are just finally starting to remember to put three and not two on when we write the date.

Today is Johnny Appleseed Day. Johnny Appleseed was a real person. The man’s name was John Chapman and he was one of the American settlers who were captivated by the movement west across the continent. He planted apple trees along the way as he traveled west and sold trees to the settlers. His legend grew with each tree he planted. He was born September 26, 1774 which is why the day to celebrate Johnny Appleseed day is disputed on whether to celebrate it today or on September 26th. He was deeply religious and known to preach during his travels. According to legend, Johny Appleseed led a simple life and wanted little. He rarely accepted money and often donated any money he received. It is believed that he died on March 11, 1845 from what was referred to as the “winter plague”. A good way to celebrate his life is to enjoy a rich apple menu today. Fresh apples as snacks, applesauce or apple pie for dessert. Perhaps make plans to plant an apple tree.

Today is also Worship of Tools Day, Fill Our Staplers Day (which also occurs November 4, it is always the day after the time change), Napping Day (which is always the Monday after Daylight Savings times), and World Plumbing Day*. A nap might be a really good thing today. There are petitions to end the practice of changing the clocks twice a year. According to an article posted last year about Daylight savings time:

Monday morning risks can be more serious than needing to nap at your desk: researchers at Loyola University School of Medicine report that there are more workplace injuries and traffic accidents the day after we turn our clocks ahead. Heart attack rates increase by as much as 10%. The time change is hardest on those who are chronically sleep deprived: the National Sleep Foundation estimates that more than one-third of Americans are dangerously sleepy.

This week is Flood Safety Awareness Week.  It is also International Brain Awareness Week.

Some of the writers born March 11th include:

Torquato Tasso (1544), Kathleen Clarice Groom (1872), Fitzroy MacLean (1911), Hans Peter Keller (1915), Ezra Jack Keats (1916), Janosch (1931), Sam Donaldson (1934), Joseph Brooks (1938), Joel Steiger (1942), Douglas Adams (1952), D. J. MacHale (1955), Helen Rollason (1956), Tetsurō Oda (1958), Jim Pinkerton (1958), Flemming Rose (1958), Nina Hartley (1959), Dejan Stojanović (1959), Fred M’membe (1959), Mary Gauthier (1962), Libba Bray (1964), Andy Sturmer (1965), Lisa Loeb (1968), Delia Gallagher (1970), Ua (1972), Kate Brian (1974), Christopher Rice (1978), and Heidi Cortez (1981).

On March 11, 1915, Joseph Car Robnett Licklider was born. He is known simply as J.C.R. Or “Lick” was an American computer scientist and is considered one of the most important figures in computer science and general computing history. He is particularly remembered for being one of the first to foresee modern-style interactive computing, and its application to all manner of activities; and also as an Internet pioneer, with an early vision of a world-wide computer network long before it was built. He did much to actually initiate all that through his funding of research which led to a great deal of it. He has been called “computing’s Johnny Appleseed”, for having planted the seeds of computing in the digital age. For people who only know today’s computerized-information-rich world, the change from what came before, and thus his impact on the world (since his ideas, and the work of people he sponsored, has led, directly and indirectly, to much of it), is probably hard to truly fathom. He passed away June 26, 1990.

Today we remember Sir Alexander Fleming. He passed away on this day in 1955. He was a Scottish biologist, pharmacologist and botanist. He wrote many articles on bacteriology, immunology, and chemotherapy. His best-known discoveries are the enzyme lysozme in 1923 and the antibiotic penicillin from the mold Penicillium notatum in 1928, for which he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945 with Howard Florey and Ernst Boris Chain. In 1999, Time magazine named Fleming one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century.

We also remember Oscar F. Mayer who also passed away on this day in 1955. He was a German American who founded the processed-meat firm Oscar Mayer that bears his name. He died in his sleep after a six week illness at the age of 95 at his home in Chicago.

The founder of Danish toy company the Lego Group passed away March 11, 1958. Ole Kirk Christiansen was the 10th son of an impoverished family in Jutland in western Denmark. He trained as a carpenter and started making wooden toys in 1932 to make a living after losing his job during the depression. His wife died, leaving him to raise their four sons. Christiansen was inspired to construct a small wooden duck toy for his children. He soon found that his sons loved the new toy and decided to put the ducks into production, using the leftover wood from his old business. In 1942 a fire broke out at the factory forcing them to rebuild. Initially, he made miniature versions of the houses and furniture as he worked on as a carpenter, but in 1947 moved onto using plastics, which were originally small plastic bears and rattles. By 1949 he had produced over 200 plastic and wooden toys. Ole Kirk Christiansen came up with the name Lego from the Danish leg godt which means play well and the company grew to become the Lego Group. Christiansen died from a heart attack when he was 66 years old, and his oldest son, Godtfred Kirk Christiansen took over the company and bought out his three brothers.

John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris was an English science fiction writer who usually used the pen name John Wyndham, although he also used other combinations of his names, such as John Beynon and Lucas Parkes. Many of his works were set in post-apocalyptic landscapes. He passed away on this day in 1969.

Another author who passed away on March 11 is Edmund Cooper, who we lost in 1982. He was an English poet and prolific writer of speculative fiction, romances, technical essays, several detective stories, and a children’s book. These were published under his own name and several pen names. Cooper was among the 100-plus authors in Gollancz’s “SF Gateway” initiative to “make thousands of out-of-print titles by classic genre authors available as eBooks”, starting in October 2011.

On March 11, 1649 the Frondeurs and the French signed the Peace of Rueil.

The Daily Courant, England’s first national daily newspaper, was published for the first time on this day in 1702.

Queen Anne withheld Royal Assent from the Scottish Militia Bill on March 11, 1708. This was the last time a British monarch vetoed legislation.

The signing of the Treaty of Mangalore on this day in 1784 brought the Second Anglo-Mysore War to an end.

The United States Department of War created the Bureau of Indian Affairs on March 11, 1824. The United States Department of War, also called the War Department (and occasionally War Office in the early years), was the United States Cabinet department originally responsible for the operation and maintenance of the United States Army. The War Department also bore responsibility for naval affairs until the establishment of the Navy Department in 1798 and for most land-based air forces until the creation of the Department of the Air Force in 1947. The Secretary of War headed the war department throughout its existence. The War Department existed from 1789 until September 18, 1947, when it split into Department of the Army and Department of the Air Force and joined the Department of the Navy as part of the new joint National Military Establishment (NME), renamed the United States Department of Defense in 1949.

During the Flagstaff War, on March 11, 1845, chiefs Hone Heke, Kawiti and Māori tribe members chopped down the British flagpole for a fourth time and drove settlers out of Kororareka, New Zealand because they were unhappy with translational differences regarding the Treaty of Waitangi.

On this day in 1848, Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine and Robert Baldwin became the first Prime Ministers of the Province of Canada to be democratically elected under a system of responsible government.

The first performance of Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi took place in Venice on March 11, 1851. Exactly 16 years to the day later, another of Guiseppe Verdi’s works, Don Carlos, had its premiere in Paris.

The Constitution of the Confederate States of America was adopted on this day in 1861.

The Great Sheffield Flood was a flood that devastated parts of Sheffield, England, on March eleventh, 1864, when the Dale Dyke Dam broke. This was the largest man-made disaster ever to befall England and killed over 250 people in Sheffield.

On this day in 1872 construction of the Seven Sisters Colliery, South Wales, began. This is located on one of the richest coal sources in Britain.

It was on March 11 that the Great Blizzard of 1888 began along the eastern seaboard of the U.S., it shut down commerce and killed more than 400 people.

During World War I, on March 11, 1917, Baghdad fell to Anglo-Indian forces commanded by General Stanley Maude.

The Roxy Theater was opened in New York City on this day in 1927 by Samuel Roxy Rothafel.

Ready for Labour and Defence of the USSR, usually abbreviated as GTO, was introduced in the Soviet Union on March 11, 1931.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Lend-Lease Act into law on March 11, 1941, during the second World War. This allowed American-built war supplies to be shipped to the Allies on loan. Exactly one year later General Douglas MacArthur left Corregidor. Then in 1945 on this day the Imperial Japanese Navy attempted a large-scale kamikaze attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet anchored at Ulithi atoll in Operation Tan No. 2. On that same day the Empire of Vietnam, a short-lived puppet state, was established with Bảo Đại as its ruler.

On March 11, 1946, Rudolf Höss, the first commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp, was captured by British troops.

The 1977 Hanafi Muslim Siege occurred on March 11. More than 130 hostages held in Washington, D.C., by Hanafi Muslims were set free after ambassadors from three Islamic nations joined negotiations.

The Coastal Road massacre occurred March 11, 1978. At least 37 were killed and more than 70 were wounded when Al Fatah hijacked an Israeli bus, prompting Israel’s Operation Litani.

Pakistan successfully conducted a cold test of a nuclear weapon on March 11, 1983.

Mikhail Gorbachev became General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union on this day in 1985.

Lithuania declared itself independent from the Soviet Union on March 11, 1990. Meanwhile, Patricio Alwayn was sworn in that day as the first democratically elected President of Chile since 1970.

Janet Reno was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 11, 1993. She was sworn in the next day, becoming the first female Attorney General of the United States.

Fourteen years ago today Infosys became the first Indian company listed on the NASDAQ sock exchange.

The Madrid train bombings occurred March 11, 2004. Simultaneous explosions on run hour trains in Madrid, Spain killed 191 people.

Michelle Bachele was inaugurated on March 11, 2006 as the first female president of Chile.

The Winnenden school shooting occurred on this day in 2006. These things don’t just happen in America. Sixteen were killed and 11 were injured before the recentgraduate Tim Kretschmer shot and killed himself. This incident led to tightened weapons restrictions in Germany.

On this day in 2010 three earthquakes hit central Chile during the ceremony in which the economist and businessman Sebastián Piñera was sworn in as President of Chile. The strongest of the quakes measured a magnitude 6.9 and all were centered next to Pichilemu, captial of Cardenal Caro Province.

Exactly one year later, on this day in 2011, an earthquake that measured 9.0 in magnitude struck 81 miles east of Sendai, Japan. This triggered a tsunami that killed thousand of people. This event also triggered the second largest nuclear accident in history, and one of only two events to be classified as a Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale.

curse of the lost grove

Today we bring you Curse of the Lost Grove: Knights of the Silver Dragon, Book 10 by Denise R. Graham. We have new cops in stock of this paperback.  This book is  just under two hundred pages long and is part of a series written for the preteen age group. Amazon gives the following description:

The Knights spend a night at the Lost Grove Inn. Can they discover the truth behind the inn’s curse before it discovers them?
Curse of the Lost Grove continues a new series of adventures written specifically for readers ages 8 – 12. This exciting series follows the adventures of three children, who through their heroic deeds, become members of the Order of the Knights of the Silver Dragon.

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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.

*An official website exists, but due to a virus warning we have elected not to link to it.

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