Monday, August 12, 2013

August 12 - International Youth Day

As the day goes for celebrations of person, places and things today lacks in some excitement. We have on our list of special days - IBM PC Day (in 1981 IBM released its first personal computer), International Youth Day (in 1999 the UN declared August 12 to be International Youth Day - The theme for this year is "Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward"), Sewing Machine Day (Thomas Saint patented the first sewing machine in 1790), Vinyl Record Day (The origin of vinyl records can be attributed to the invention of the phonoautograph by Leon Scott in 1857) and World Elephant Day (this is a great day, dedicated to great animals and with an awesome cause - check out the World Elephant Day website for more information).

Fun fact of historical significance (see below).

- 3 Venus-Jupiter in conjunction-Star of Bethlehem.
-30 BC Cleopatra VII Philopator, the last ruler of the Egyptian Ptolemaic dynasty, commits suicide allegedly by inducing an asp (Egyptian cobra) to bite her.
-1492 Christopher Columbus arrives in the Canary Islands on his first voyage to the New World.
-1827 William Blake, English poet/painter, dies at 69.

-1858 The first telegraph message was sent from Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, to Valencia, Ireland, on cable laid by USS Niagara and HMS Agamemnon.
-1877 Thomas Edison invents Edisonphone, a sound recording device.
-1880 Radical politician Jacob Penner, who was a founder of the Communist Party of Canada, was born in Russia.
-1887 Erwin Schrodinger, Vienna Austria, physicist and Nobel Prize Laureate, (d. 1961) born.
Schrodinger's Cat - Big Bang Theory 

-1935 Babe Ruth's final game at Fenway Park, 41,766 on hand.
-1956 Jane Siberry, who is known for her quirky and melodic folk-based pop songs, was born at Etobicoke, Ont. 
-1956 Canadian actor William Shatner (Star Trek) marries Gloria Rand.
-1978 Hayley Wickenheiser, ice hockey forward born. 


Books and Movies: The Goods.

This great site found it's way into my mailbox the other day (thanks Mrs. Gates) it highlights all the great summer reading lists check it out for some must reads to get in before school starts back up.

If your looking for some good reads, the New York Times Best Sellers list ending August 18th. Publishers weekly also has a weekly best sellers list.

Check out the Kirkus book review for Manson by Jeff Guinn.

Movies that have been released in theaters recently are: Disney's Planes and Elysium
Check out the movie listings for Red Deer and Sylvan Lake.

Joke of the Day

Why can't you trust an atom? 
They make up everything 
What is the name of the first electricity detective? 
Sherlock Ohm

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

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