Tuesday August 20
Happy Tuesday to you. Many of the schools have started back up now and the families are falling back into the routines that fall aside in the summer months. Have your days fallen into the predictable pattern of the school year?
This day in history
Charles Darwin first published his theory of evolution through natural selection on August 20, 1858 in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, alongside Alfred Russel Wallace‘s same theory.
The American Civil War was declared over by President Andrew Johnson on this day in 1866.
The Great Fire of 1910, which is commonly referred to as the Big Blowup or the Big Burn, occurred August 20, 1910 in northeast Washington, northern Idaho, and western Montana. Approximately 3 million acres were burned.
In honor of this anniversary we are reducing the price of The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan for one week only, starting today. Goodreads gives the following description:
On the afternoon of August 20, 1910, a battering ram of wind moved through the drought-stricken national forests of Washington, Idaho, and Montana, whipping the hundreds of small blazes burning across the forest floor into a roaring inferno. Forest rangers had assembled nearly ten thousand men—college boys, day workers, immigrants from mining camps—to fight the fire. But no living person had seen anything like those flames, and neither the rangers nor anyone else knew how to subdue them.
Egan narrates the struggles of the overmatched rangers against the implacable fire with unstoppable dramatic force. Equally dramatic is the larger story he tells of outsized president Teddy Roosevelt and his chief forester, Gifford Pinchot. Pioneering the notion of conservation, Roosevelt and Pinchot did nothing less than create the idea of public land as our national treasure, owned by and preserved for every citizen.
Today we are celebrating
It is National Radio Day, a day that celebrates a great invention and communications medium. The invention of the radio dates back to the late 1800s. A number of inventors played a role in creating this important medium. A number of inventions and discoveries were required to make the radio a reality. This included both transmission and reception methods and technology. The radio somewhat evolved from the telegraph and the telephone, with wireless telegraph directly contributing to its invention. Celebrate today by finding some music or talk station you enjoy, and listen to the radio. You can also thank your favorite radio personality or others involved in the industry.
Some of the writers who were born August 20th include:
Thomas Corneille (1625), Bolesław Prus (1847), Jakub Bart-Ćišinski (1856), Edgar Guest (1881), Dino Campana (1885), Phan Khoi (1887), H. P. Lovecraft (1890), Tarjei Vesaas (1897), Vilhelm Moberg (1898), Salvatore Quasimodo (1901), Jean Gebser (1905), Jacqueline Susann (1918), Walter Bernstein (1919), Vasily Aksyonov (1932), Tom Mangold (1934), Ron Paul (1935), Robin Oakley (1941), Jo Ramírez (1941), Henryk Broder (1946), Connie Chung (1946), Alan Hardwick (1949), Greg Bear (1951), Al Roker (1954), Agnes Chan (1955), David O. Russell (1958), Patricia Rozema (1958), John Stehr (1958), Greg Egan (1961), David Walliams (1971), Marcus Mastin (1975), and Mac Tonnies (1975).
Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd President of the United States was born on this day in 1833. Harrison was born in Ohio and moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, at age 21. He became a prominent politician there. This Republican was elected to the presidency in 1888 when he defeated the Democratic incumbent Grover Cleveland. His administration is remembered most for economic legislation, and for annual federal spending that reached one billion dollars for the first time. He is to date the only U.S. president from Indiana and the only one to be the grandson of another president. Benjamin was a grandson of President William Henry Harrison and the great-grandson of Benjamin Harrison V, a Virginia governor and signer of the Declaration of Independence.