Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” 
― John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars

We have made it to the 100th day of the year! That means there are 265 days remaining until 2014.

Today is Golfer’s Day. This is an opportunity to be thankful that someone invented the addicting, yet relaxing hobby of golf. Also referred to as “Golf Day”, there is only one proper way to enjoy this day. And, that’s out on the golf course. When Golfer’s Day falls on a week day, it is even more special. That means you now have an excuse to take a day off of work and go play a round …or two. Regardless of your score today, you know that even a bad day on the greens, is better than a good day at work. The first professional golf tournament was held on April 10, 1916. The tubular steel golf club shaft was approved for championship play on this day in 1924.

It is National Sibling Day today. National Sibling Day is a day to appreciate and cherish your brothers and sisters. Siblings are truly a special blessing that we probably all too often take for granted. They are often our best friends and supporters through life. Another reason to celebrate is that not everyone is lucky enough to have siblings. Their lives are significantly different growing up, and throughout life. Celebrate National Sibling Day in a variety of ways. It’s a great time to be thankful for your sibling. But, most importantly get in touch with your siblings. Visit them if they live nearby. Call them, if they live far away. Send them a card, a letter, gifts, or flowers. Claudia A. Evart, President and Founder of this day, initiated National Sibling Day after the tragic deaths of her brother and sister. Twenty two state governors have issued proclamation on this day. President Bill Clinton has supported it.

Today is National Farm Animals Day. This day was founded by Animal Rescuer, Vegetarian and Celebrity Pet Lifestyle Expert, Colleen Page. National Farm Animals Day is a special and vital day to raise awareness about the plight of slaughter animals, as well as to find homes for abandoned and abused farm animals.

Some of the writers born April 10th include:

Hugo Grotius (1583), Benjamin Heath (1704), Michel Corrette (1707), William Hazlitt (1778), Lew Wallace (1827), Forceythe Willson (1837), Joseph Pulitzer (1847), Alfred Kubin (1877), Montague Summers (1880), Maurice Schumann (1911), Stefan Heym (1913), Roger Gaillard (1923), Rokusuke Ei (1933), David Halberstam (1934), Claudio Magris (1939), Paul Theroux (1941), Nick Auf der Maur (1942), Margaret Pemberton (1943), David A. Adler (1947), David Helvarg (1951), Pamela Wallin (1953), Anne Lamott (1954), Juan Williams (1954), John M. Ford (1957), Christopher Simmons (1973), and Faustina Agolley (1984).

Today we remember Charles Bernard Nordhoff who passed away on this day in 1947. He was an English-born American novelist and traveler. Charles Nordhoff was born in London, England, on February 1, 1887, to American parents. His father was Walter Nordhoff, a wealthy businessman and author of The Journey of the Flame penned under the name “Antonio de Fierra Blanco”. Nordhoff’s parents returned to the United States with him in 1889, living first in Pennsylvania, then Rhode Island, and finally settling in California by 1898. Charles Bernard Nordhoff’s grandfather was Charles Nordhoff, a journalist and author of non-fiction books. Charles Bernard Nordoff’s first published work was an article in an ornithological journal, written in 1902 when he was just 15. At seventeen, he entered Stanford University, but transferred to Harvard after one year. After graduation in 1909 he worked for his father’s businesses in Mexico for two years, then four years in California. He quit in 1916, signed up with the Ambulance Corps, and traveled to France. There he joined other American expatriates as a pilot in the Lafayette Escadrille. He finished World War I as a lieutenant in the US Army Air Service. After leaving the service, Nordhoff stayed on in Paris, France, where he worked as a journalist and wrote his first book, The Fledgling. In 1919, he and another former Lafayette Squadron pilot, James Norman Hall, who was also an author and journalist, were asked to write a history of that unit. Neither man had known the other during the war. The two authors then returned to the United States, sharing a rented house on Martha’s Vineyard, until given a commission by Harper’s Magazine to write travel articles set in the South Pacific. They went to Tahiti in the Society Islands for research and inspiration, and ended up staying, Nordhoff for twenty years, Hall for life. Nordhoff once explained how he and James Hall worked together. They initially drew up charts of all the characters, then would dole out the chapters to each other. For their joint works they each made an effort to write in the other’s style so as to achieve a reasonably smooth narrative. Charles Bernard Nordhoff died alone at his home in Montecito, California, on April 10, 1947. His body was found the next morning. Newspapers at the time reported the death as an “apparent heart attack”. Later sources indicate he had been drinking heavily, was depressed, and may have committed suicide.

Today we also remember Michael Anthony Dorris committed suicide April 10, 1997 at the age of 52 after allegations that he sexually abused his daughters. He was an American novelist and scholar who helped found the Native American Studies program at Dartmouth. His works include the memoir, The Broken Cord (1989) and the novel, A Yellow Raft in Blue Water (1987). He was married to author Louise Erdrich and the two frequently collaborated in their writing. The Broken Cord, which won the 1989 National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction, helped provoke Congress to approve legislation to warn of the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. In 1971, he became one of the first unmarried man in the United States to adopt a child. His adopted son, a three-year-old Lakota boy named Reynold Abel, was eventually diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome. Dorris’ struggle to understand and care for his son became the subject of his work The Broken Cord. Dorris adopted two more Native American children, Jeffrey Sava in 1974 and Madeline Hannah in 1976, both of whom likely suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome. He eventually married Louise Erdrich who adopted his children and birthed three more children for Dorris. Erdrich and Dorris contributed to each other’s writing and wrote together under the pseudonym Milou North.

On this day in 837, Halley’s Comet and Earth experienced their closest approach to one another when their separating distance equaled 0.0342 AU (3.2 million miles).

On April 10, 1606, the Virginia Company of London was established by royal charter by James I of England with the purpose of establishing colonial settlements in North America.

The Statute of Anne, the first law regulating copyright, entered into force in Great Britain on April 10, 1710.

The Mount Tambora volcano began a three-month-long eruption on this day in 1815 that lasted until July 15. The eruption ultimately killed 71,000 people and affected Earth’s climate for the next two years.

After the original Big Ben, a 14.5 tonne bell for the Palace of Westminster had cracked during testing, it was recast into the current 13.76 tonne bell by Whitechapel Bell Foundry on April 10, 1858.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was founded in New York City by Henry Bergh on this day in 1866.

Arbor Day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. It originated in Nebraska City, Nebraska by J. Sterling Morton. The first Arbor Day was held on April 10, 1872 and an estimated one million trees were planted that day. Many countries now observe a similar holiday. Though usually observed in the spring, the date varies, depending on climate and suitable planting season.

April 10, 1887 was Easter Sunday. On this day Pope Leo XIII authorized the establishment of The Catholic University of America.

The British mystic Aleisdter Crowley transcribed the third and final chapter of The Book of The Law on this day in 1904. This is the central sacred text of Thelema. Aleister Crowley claimed it was dictated to him by a discarnate entity named “Aiwass”. The full title of the book is Liber AL vel Legis, sub figura CCXX, as delivered by XCIII=418 to DCLXVI, and it is commonly referred to as The Book of the Law. Through the reception of this book, Crowley proclaimed the arrival of a new stage in the spiritual evolution of humanity, to be known as the “Æon of Horus”. The primary precept of this new aeon is the charge to “Do what thou wilt”. The book contains three chapters, each of which was written down in one hour, beginning at noon, on 8 April 9 April, and 10 April in Cairo, Egypt, in the year 1904.

The Titanic left port in Southampton, England on April 10, 1912 for her first and only voyage.

The Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) was created in New York City on this day in 1916.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was first published April 10, 1925 in New York City, by Charles Scribner’s Sons.

Warner Brothers premiered the first 3-D film from a major American studio sixty years ago today. This film was called House of Wax.

Paul McCartney announced on this day in 1970 that he was leaving The Beatles for personal and professional reasons.

Ping Pong Diplomacy occurred April 10, 1971. In an attempt to thaw relations with the United States, the People’s Republic of China hosted the U.S. table tennis team for a week long visit.

Seventy-four nations signed the Biological Weapons Convention on April 10, 1972, the first multilateral disarmament treaty banning the production of biological weapons. That same day, in the Vietnam War, for the first time since November 1967, American B-52 bombers reportedly began bombing North Vietnam.

la rex

Today we highlight L.A. Rex, a novel by Will Beall. We have Like New copies in stock. Amazon gives the following description:

A gritty and ferocious novel written by Will Beall, an LAPD officer who continues to patrol the streets he writes about. L.A. Rex is the story of Ben Halloran, a seemingly fresh-faced rookie assigned to the 77th Division, L.A.’s most violent precinct, still reeling from the Rodney King riots. Partnered with old-school cop Miguel Marquez, the two plunge fast and deep into the city’s burgeoning gang war—and it soon becomes clear that they won’t be able to emerge again unless Ben faces the demons he’s running from once and for all. Bristling with the energy and authenticity of the author’s experiences as a working policeman in South Central L.A., this is a literary thriller that doesn’t just unfold. It explodes.

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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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