Thursday, February 16, 2012

Did Your Favorite Make the List?

There is now a list of the "100 Greatest Books for Kids" out.

They have made excellent choices, although a few of my personal favorites aren't on there. To me, no kid library is quite complete without Tacky the Penguin and a couple of Danny Dunn stories.

Still, would any list ever satisfy everyone? Of course not.

Do you have any particular books from childhood that you wouldn't mind reading even now?


Today is:

Do a Grouch a Favor Day -- internet generated attempt to get us to either get the grouches on our side, or make us cynical

Kyoto Protocol Day

National Almond Day

Respectable Tales of Kelp-Koli -- Fairy Calendar (5 minutes only)

Restoration of Lithuania's Statehood Day -- Lithuania

St. Juliana of Cumae's Day (Patron of the ill)

St. Onesimus' Day


Birthdays Today:

John McEnroe, 1959
LeVar Burton, 1957
Sonny Bono, 1935
Vera-Ellen, 1921
Patty Andrews, 1920
Jimmy Wakely, 1914
Hugh Beaumont, 1909
Richard McDonald, 1909
Edgar Bergan, 1903
Johann Strauss, 1866
Nichiren, 1222
Emperor Yingzong of China, 1032


Today in History:

9th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet, 374
Pope Gregory the Great issues a decree saying that "God bless you" is the correct response to a sneeze, 600
English king Charles I accepts Triennial Act, requiring the king to assemble Parliament at least once every 3 years, 1641
The first known check (cheque) is written, for 400 English Pounds Sterling (currently on display at Westminster Abbey), 1659
Kentucky passes a law permitting women to attend school under certain conditions, 1838*
Weenen Massacre: Hundreds of Voortrekkers along the Blaukraans River, Natal are killed by Zulus, 1838
American Charles Wilkes discovers Shackleton Ice Shelf, Antarctica, 1840
The Battle of Sobraon ends the First Sikh War in India, 1846
Studebaker Brothers wagon company, precursor of the automobile manufacturer, is established, 1852
The French Government passes a law to set the A-note above middle C to a frequency of 435 Hz, in an attempt to standardize the pitch, 1859
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks forms, 1868
The "Ladies Home Journal" begins publishing, 1883
The first Chinese daily newspaper in the US, Chung Sai Yat Po, begins publication in San Francisco, 1900
The first US Esperanto Club organizes in Boston, 1905
The first synagogue in 425 years opens in Madrid, Spain, 1917
Howard Carter unseals the burial chamber of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, 1923
The first patent is issued for a tree, to James Markham for a peach tree, 1932
Wallace H. Carothers receives a United States patent for nylon, 1937
Canadians are granted Canadian citizenship after 80 years of being British subjects. Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King becomes the first Canadian citizen, 1947
Britain abolishes the death penalty, 1956
Fidel Castro becomes Premier of Cuba after dictator Fulgencio Batista was overthrown on January 1, 1959
In Haleyville, Alabama, the first 9-1-1 emergency telephone system goes into service, 1968
The first computer bulletin board system is created (CBBS in Chicago, Illinois), 1978
The trial of John Demjanjuk, accused of being a Nazi guard dubbed "Ivan the Terrible" in Treblinka extermination camp, starts in Jerusalem, 1987
The Kyoto Protocol comes into force, following its ratification by Russia, 2005
The last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army, 2006


*This is the same US state that still has a law on its books requiring every resident to take a bath at least once a year, whether the person
needs it or not!

3 comments:

  1. Every now and then I pull down my copy of "Where the Wild Things Are" and when I finish reading it I snarl and have a RUMPUS!

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  2. No "Winnie The Pooh"? No "Tom Sawyer"? Those come to mind immediately and make me question that list as being of much value. I'm sure I could name others...

    Thanks for sharing it, though, Mimi!

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  3. Stephen, i'm sure your RUMPUS is a sight to behold!

    Suldog, they do have The House At Pooh Corner, which was the first of the Winnie the Pooh tales. As for Twain, i bet if they had put him in, someone would have objected.

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