Saturday, September 21, 2013

Tolkien Week

 (click on Tolkien, you'll see why!)

Tomorrow also happens to be the start of Tolkien Week. Tolkien week is celebrated on the week that Hobbit Day falls on. Hobbit day this year is tomorrow the 22 of September. Both Tolkien week and Hobbit day started in 1978. Hobbit Day is celebrated on Frodo and Bilbo's mutual birthday. Last year Peter Jackson celebrated Tolkien Week and Hobbit Day by showing the trailer for the Hobbit movie. So here you go folks, the trailer for the Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

As an extra addition to Hobbit day tomorrow, why not encompass some other great celebrations.Ice Cream Cone Day, National White Chocolate Day, and most especially Wife Appreciation Day (pay careful attention to that one fellas).

Now for some history.

-19 BC Virgil, Roman poet, dies at 50.

-1192 English king Richard I the Lion hearted, captured by by Leopold V, Duke of Austria.
-1327 Edward II, king of England (1307-1327), assassinated at 43.
-1591 French bishops recognize Henri IV as king of France.
-1621 King James of England gives Canada to Sir Alexander Sterling.
-1814 "Star Spangled Banner" published as a poem.
-1866 H. G. Wells, Bromley, Kent, , English writer (War of the Worlds, Kipps), (d. 1946) born.

-1920 Jay Ward, cartoonist (Rocky & his Friends, Bullwinkle).
-1931 Larry Hagman, Fort Worth Tx, TV actor (I Dream of Jeannie, JR-Dallas), (d. 2012) born.

-1934 Songwriter Leonard Cohen, who was one of the most influential and popular 1960s Canadian writers and whose songs gained him an international reputation, was born at Montréal, Qué.

-1937 J. R. R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' is published.

-1947 Stephen King, Portland, Maine, sci-fi/horror author (Carrie, Shining, Kujo) born.

-1967 Faith Hill, American singer.

-1950 Bill Murray, Evanston Ill, Wilmette, Illinois, actor/comedian (Saturday Night Live, Ghostbusters) born.

-1986 38th Emmy Awards: Golden Girls, Cagney & Lacey & Michael J Fox win.

Word of the Day

Today's word is:

Acquiesce: to accept, comply, or submit tacitly or passively.

Can you use it in a clever proper sentence. Show us in the comments section.

Books and Movies: The Goods.

If your looking for some good reads, check out the New York Times Best Sellers list ending September 29st. Publishers weekly also has a weekly best sellers list.

Check out the Kirkus book review for Aunty Lee's Delights by Ovidia Yu.

Check out the movie listings for Red Deer and Sylvan Lake.

Joke of the Day
What is Gollum's favorite bird?

A Smea-gull!

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

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