Thursday, August 29, 2013
“Here’s to books, the cheapest vacation you can buy.”
― Charlaine Harris
How is your week going? We only have one more work/school day and then we reach the final weekend of August. The final weekend of August marks the end of our first giveaway so as I’ve said before…enter while you can!
Some of the writers born August 29th include:
Janus Pannonius (1434), Giovanni Battista Casti (1724), Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809), Henry Berg (1811), Edward Carpenter (1844), Maurice Maeterlinck (1862), Marquis James (1891), Luther Davis (1916), Richard Blackwell (1922), John Edward Williams (1922), Helene Ahrweiler (1926), Herbert Meier (1928), Thom Gunn (1929), Lise Payette (1931), Karen Hesse (1952), Michael P. Kube-Mcdowell (1954), Lenny Henry (1958), Michael Jackson (1958), and Ian James Corlett (1962).
The International Day against Nuclear Tests is observed on August 29. It was established on December 2, 2009 at the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The resolution in particular calls for increasing awareness “about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions or any other nuclear explosions and the need for their cessation as one of the means of achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world”. Following the establishment of the International Day against Nuclear Tests, in May 2010 all state parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons committed themselves to “achieve the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons”.
On August 6, 1945, Hiroshima was destroyed by the first atom bomb ever dropped on a city. This book, John Hersey’s journalistic masterpiece, tells what happened on that day. Told through the memories of survivors, this timeless, powerful and compassionate document has become a classic “that stirs the conscience of humanity” (The New York Times).Almost four decades after the original publication of this celebrated book, John Hersey went back to Hiroshima in search of the people whose stories he had told. His account of what he discovered about them is now the eloquent and moving final chapter of Hiroshima.
Today is According to Hoyle Day. Edmond Hoyle gave instructions in the playing of games. His “Short Treatise” on the game of whist (published in 1742) became a model guide to the rules of the game. Hoyle’s name became synonymous with the idea of correct play according to the rules, and the phrase “according to Hoyle” became a part of the English language. Hoyle was born at London about 1672 and died there on August 29, 1769.Today offers game-players everywhere a chance to remember Endmond Hoyle and have some fun playing according to the rules.
Individual Rights Day is celebrated on August 29th, the birth date of John Locke, the philosopher who first prominently argued that a human being has a basic property right based upon his status as a sovereign human being and that it is the government‘s role to protect that right and not to treat its citizens as slaves. Individual Rights Day was started by Dr. Tom Stevens, the founder of the Objectivist Party, so people can contemplate the importance of this concept to man’s right to life and to use reason to ensure his own survival.
Today is More Herbs, Less Salt Day, which promotes the us of healthy herbs over salts. Late August is a very appropriate time to celebrate this special day. The harvest of garden herbs is at a peak. There’s nothing better than fresh garden herbs in your favorite recipes. WellCat.com, the creators of this day, offer little information about this day, other than the fact that herbs are better for your health than salt.
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