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In Honor of Those Who Served

Posted by grizzlymedia on November 10, 2008

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Tomorrow, November 11, is Veterans Day. On November 11, 1918, World War I, “The War to End All Wars” came to an end when a cease fire agreement, The Treaty of Versailles, was signed at 11:00 AM in Rethondes, France. A year later, November 11 was established as Armistice Day. Armistice Day did not become a federal holiday until 1938, when World War II appeared to be imminent. The holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to honor veterans of all American wars. The Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC is the location for national Veterans Day ceremonies. An Army honor guard, the 3rd U. S. infantry (also known as The Old Guard) keep watch over the tomb twenty-four hours a day, year round. On November 11 at 11 AM, a combined color guard representing all branches of service executes a “Present Arms” at the tomb. A presidential wreath is laid and “Taps” is played in tribute to the nation’s fallen war heroes. The Tomb of the Unknowns contains the remains of a soldier from World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. It formerly contained a soldier from the Vietnam War, but his remains were later identified and returned to his family. For more information about Veterans Day, visit this article at Infoplease, or research Veterans Day on our Creekview databases. Images for this Animoto video are from our Unquiet Library display, from a Veterans Day word cloud I created using Wordle, from an image I created using TypoGenerator, and from these sources on Flickr Creative Commons: eagle102.net, Kevin, and army.mil. Thanks, guys!

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This Day in History–Kristellnacht

Posted by grizzlymedia on November 9, 2008

kristellnacht

Kristellnacht, The Night of Broken Glass, occurred on this day, November 9, 1938. This was one of the defining moments of the Holocaust. It was represented by the Nazis as a spontaneous response by Germans resulting from a Jewish crime, the shooting of a low-level Nazi diplomat in Paris, Ernst von Rath, by a German Jew, Herschel Grynszpan. Actually, the event had been ordered a day in advance and a list of those to be attacked had been planned for months. During Kristellnacht, over 90 Jews were killed, more than 30,000 were arrested and sent to concentration camps, and at least 7,000 businesses and over 1,000 synagogues were looted and destroyed. For more information on this event, you can read an article here.

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Do You Know What Time It Is?

Posted by grizzlymedia on September 24, 2008

Well, now I just feel totally bored with the clocks in our library. A new clock at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge, England, cost over a million pounds, which is about $1.8 million to you and me. Plus it’s more like a work of art than a mere clock. It doesn’t even have hands like a real clock, and it’s designed to run in an erratic fashion, slowing down and speeding up whenever it’s in the mood. Kind of like people. Which is sort of the idea behind the “Corpus clock” designed by inventor John Taylor who built it with his own money in honor of British genius John Harrison. In 1725 Harrison invented the “grasshopper” escapement, a device that helps regulate the movement of clocks. As a visual pun on the grasshopper idea, Taylor designed a whimsical grasshopper which sits atop the clock. The grasshopper is called a “time eater” or chronophage. The long needle teeth and barbed tail of the insect are vital components of the clockworks. The grasshopper’s jaws begin to open halfway through each minute and then click shut at fifty-nine seconds. Its eyes, which are usually a lackluster green, sporadically flash a bright yellow. The clock has become the showpiece of the college library, which was also donated by Taylor. Taylor made his fortune with his other inventions, which include controls for electric tea kettles. Not nearly as exciting! To learn more about the clock, and how it is supposed to remind us of our own mortality, read an article at the FoxNews website.

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This Month in History

Posted by grizzlymedia on March 10, 2008

St. Patrick’s Day

Sure you knew that St. Patrick’s Day is March 17, but did you know that a lot of other interesting events happened in March? No? Well, then you need to check out Awesome Stories. The March issue of their newsletter has all kinds of exciting information about fascinating historical events that happened in March, including the Boston Massacre, the fall of the Alamo, the writing of our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, the assassination of Tsar Nicholas II and his family which launched the Russian Revolution, the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II, the death of Beethoven caused by lead poisoning, the invention of Coca-Cola, the world’s worst airline disaster, and more. If any of the pages on the website ask you for a password, you can register for your own for free, or you can use the school’s website, creekviewhs.

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Celebrate Women’s History Month!

Posted by grizzlymedia on March 6, 2008

Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month! Here are some great places you can go to find information about women who have made a difference in our history, in addition to information about the celebration of women’s history:
Encyclopedia Britannica’s 300 Women Who Changed the World (Use the Galileo Password)
Library of Congress Women’s History Month
CNN Student News
InfoPlease Women’s History Month
Gale Women’s Biographies

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This Day in History

Posted by grizzlymedia on November 19, 2007

Gettysburg Address

What makes some days in history stand out in honor and some stand out in shame? On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln presented the Gettysburg Address while dedicating a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania. The inspirational Address is probably one of the most memorized speeches in history. Also on this date, Apollo 12 astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean made the second manned landing on the moon in 1969. Jay’s Treaty was signed on November 19, 1794, resolving Revolutionary War issues between the United States and Britain. The honor of some days seems to spread out to surrounding days, such as November 11. We know it as Veteran’s Day, because in 1918 it marked the end of fighting between the United States and Germany in World War I. But did you know that in 1620 it also marked the signing of the Mayflower Compact by the Pilgrims? In contrast, mid-April is known for many tragic and notorious events such as the Columbine tragedy, Hitler’s birthday, the Waco Branch Davidian siege, the Virginia Tech atrocities, the “shot heard ’round the world” at Lexington and Concord that initiated the Revolutionary War, the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906, the sinking of the Titanic, President Lincoln’s assassination, and Confederate troops’ firing on Fort Sumter that started the Civil War. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule. President Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, and the Civil War effectively came to an end when Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. But is there something in the cosmos that makes people more inclined to violence, or the Earth more prone to turmoil at certain times of the year, and more disposed to peace and harmony at others? Can you think of other periods of the year with similar historie, or is my theory full of holes?

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