Wednesday, March 13, 2013

March 13 - Good Samaritan Involvement Day

On this day in history, Catherine (Kitty) Genovese of Queens, New York was stabbed to death in 1964 while 40 of her neighbors and peers watched on and did nothing. On the anniversary of her death, we take the time to celebrate the importance of helping one another.

Here are some items we have on the subject:
"Baby Be Kind", by Jane Cowen-Fletcher

"Building Moral Intelligence: the Seven Essential Virtues that Teach Kids to Do the Right Thing", by Michele Borba
"Cool to the Kind: Random Acts and How to Commit Them", by Val Litwin, Brad Stokes, Erik Hanson, and Chris Bratseth
"A Truthful Heart: Buddhist Practices for Connecting With Others", by Jeffrey Hopkins
"Yoko's World of Kindness", by Rosemary Wells
"The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander: From Preschool to High School - How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle of Violence", by Barbara Coloroso

Today is also Donald Duck Day. K-9 Veterans Day, National Open an Umbrella Indoors Day, and Smart & Sexy Day!

Here are some interesting things that happened on this day in history:

- The 12th and 27th recorded perihelion passages of Hailey's Comet, in 0607 and 1758 respectively
- Cambridge College was renamed Harvard for clergyman John Harvard in 1639
- William Hershel discovers Uranus (mistaking it for a comet at first) in 1781
- Jefferson Davis signed a bill authorizing the use of slaves as soldiers in 1865
- The British army ceased using the lance as an official weapon in 1927
- Though he discovered Pluto (the planet!) on February 18th, Clyde W. Tombaugh announced its discovery on March 13th of 1930
- Maharajadhiraja Tribhuvana Bir Bikram Yung Bahadur Shum Shere died in 1955 - don't know who he was, but his name makes me smile (I have pronounced it twice today)!
- Major-General Allard became the first Canadian to command a British army division in 1961
- The Canadian Radio & Television Commission rejected the introduction of pay TV in Canada in 1978
- Encyclopedia Britannica discontinued its print edition (after 244 years!) in 2012

Stay tuned for our next "On This Day in History"

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