Saturday, March 2, 2013

March 2 - Dr. Seuss Day

On this day in history, March 2, 1904, Theodor Seuss Geisel was born.

Dr. Seuss devoted his life to promoting literacy. His birthday has been adopted by the National Education Association as "Read Across America Day". 
Many child-friendly activities can be found at including an interesting recipe for "Who Pudding" (yummy!)
Dr. Seuss's honors include two Academy awards, two Emmy awards, a Peabody award, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, and the Pulitzer Prize.

Dr. Seuss has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at the 6500 block of Hollywood Boulevard.

Theodor Seuss Geisal has been published under several names, including (the more popular) Dr. Seuss, Theo LeSieg, and Rosetta Stone.

Here are some of his items we have at the library:


And finally, one of his famously "banned books": The Lorax!

Dr. Seuss's quotes have touched many of us, old and young, big and small. Most notably for myself, a quote from The Lorax: "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." 

Come down to the library today, we're handing out Dr. Seuss activity books for kids!

Today is also International Tongue Twister Day - I think Dr. Seuss would approve!

Here are some historic events that happened in history on March 2nd:

- Congress banned slave trade in 1807, effective January 1st, 1808
- An assassination attempt was made on Queen Victoria in 1882
- In 1933, the most powerful earthquake in 180 years hit Japan
- Dr. Vivian Fuchs crossed the Antarctic in 99 days in 1958, the first surface crossing of the continent in history.
- Pioneer 10 was launched for a Jupiter flyby in 1972
- Walt Disney World logged its 50 millionth guest in 1976 - was it you??
- Bette Davis became the first woman to receive a Lifetime Achievement award in 1977
- NASA space shuttle Endeavor set off to explore the far reaches of space in 1995

Stay tuned for our next "On This Day in History". Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

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