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July 30, 2009

Do you have the write stuff?

If you do, join the GSU Writers Ink group. Share your thoughts and writings with other aspiring and accomplished authors. The next meeting is from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, in the Library Administrative Conference Room (D2417).

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July 29, 2009

This Day in History: Aug. 3:

1492: Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain. 1914: Germany declared war on France. 1923: Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th president of the United States, following the death of Warren G. Harding. 1949: The National Basketball Association was formed. 1958: The nuclear-powered submarine Nautilus became the first vessel to cross the North Pole underwater. 1981: U.S. air traffic controllers went on strike. 1987: The Iran-Contra hearings ended. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Inventor Elisha Otis, 1811; Mystery novelist P.D. James, 1920; Singer Gordon Stoker of The Jordanaires, 1924; Singer Tony Bennet, 1926; Actor Martin Sheen, 1940; Singer Beverly Lee of The Shirelles, 1941; Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart, 1941; Bassist B.B. Dickerson of War, 1949; Movie director John Landis, 1950; Actress JoMarie Payton ("Family Matters"), 1950; Actor Jay North ("Dennis the Menace", 1951; Actor John C. McGinley ("Scrubs"), 1959; Singer-guitarist James Hetfield of Metallica, 1963; Singer Ed Roland of Collective Soul, 1963; Actor Isaiah Washington ("Grey's Anatomy," "Soul Food"), 1963; Musician Spinderella of Salt-N-Pepa, 1971; Actress Evangeline Lilly ("Lost"), 1979; Singer Holly Arnstein of Dream, 1985. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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A bit of a history quiz....

Wild Bill Hickok was killed while playing cards Aug. 2, 1876, in Deadwood, S.D. What cards were in his hand?

a. Full house, 2s and 3s
b. Royal flush, diamonds
c. Two pairs, aces and 8s
c. Five Kings

And the answers is c. The fifth card is disputed. Since then, that specific combination of aces and 8s has been known as the "Deadman's Hand." Want to read more? Check out Bill Hickok in the Credo Reference database.

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This Day in History: Aug. 2:

1876: Wild Bill Hickok was murdered in Deadwood, S.D. 1909: The first Lincoln penny was issued. 1943: PT-109, a torpedo boat commanded by Lt. John F. Kennedy, was sunk off the Solomon Islands by a Japanese destroyer. 1945: The Potsdam Conference, in which Allied leaders planned the postwar governance of Germany, ended. 1990: The Persian Gulf War broke out when Iraq invaded Kuwait. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Actress Myrna Loy, 1905; Actor Carroll O'Connor, 1922; Novelist James Baldwin, 1924; Actor Peter O'Toole, 1932. Keyboardist Garth Hudson of The Band, 1937; Director Wes Craven, 1939; Singer Kathy Lennon of The Lennon Sisters, 1943; Actress Joanna Cassidy, 1945; Singer Andrew Gold, 1951; Actor Butch Patrick ("The Munsters"), 1953; Singer Mojo Nixon, 1957; Actress Victoria Jackson, 1959; Actress Apollonia, 1959; Actress Mary-Louise Parker, 1964; Director-actor Kevin Smith ("Clerks," "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back"), 1960; Actress Hallie Eisenberg, 1992. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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A bit of TV trivia:

What was the first video played on MTV when it went on the air Aug. 1, 1981?


a. "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles
b. "Thriller" by Michael Jackson
c. "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen
d. "Whip It" by Devo

And the answer is... a. Want to learn more about that first video? Go to MTV's website at http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/buggles/artist.jhtml#bio. The Library also has some books that feature MTV. Just type "MTV" in the subject area of the library catalog database.

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This Day in History: Aug. 1:

1790: The first U.S. census was completed, showing a population of 3,929,214 people. 1936: Adolf Hitler presided over the opening of the Berlin Olympic Games. 1946: President Truman signed the congressional acts that established the Atomic Energy Commission and the Fulbright Scholarship program. 1981: MTV made its debut at 12:01 AM. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Roman Emperor Claudius I, 10 BC; Explorer William Clark, 1770; National Anthem author Francis Scott Key, 1779; Author Herman Melville, 1819; Fashion Designer Yves Saint Laurent, 1936; Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, 1942; Blues musician Robert Cray, 1953; Singer Michael Penn, 1958; Singer Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, 1959; Rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy, 1960; Guitarist Suzi Gardner of L7, 1960; Rapper Coolio, 1963; Singer Adam Duritz of Counting Crows, 1964; Actress Tempestt Bledsoe ("The Cosby Show"), 1973; Singer Ashley Parker Angel of O-Town, 1981. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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A bit of a literary trivia quiz...

What day is "Harry Potter's" birthday?

a. July 4
b. Feb. 29
c. April 1
d. July 31

And the answer is...d. July 31. He shares his birthday with his creator, J.K. Rowling. However, the year he was born is in dispute, but it seems to be either 1979 or 1980, according to the Infoplease website. The GSU Library has "Harry Potter" books available for checkout in the Materials Center, so pick one up and enjoy!

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This Day in History: July 31:

1498: Columbus arrived at the island of Trinidad. 1777: The Marquis de Lafayette became a major-general in the American Continental Army.
1790: The first U.S. patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins of Vermont for a process of making fertilizer. 1954: Mount Godwin-Austen (K2), the world's second-highest peak, was climbed for the first time, by an Italian team led by Ardito Desio. 1964: The U.S. space probe Ranger 7 transmitted pictures of the Moon’s surface. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Merchant S.S. Kresge: 1867; Economist Milton Friedman, 1912; Social reformer Whitney M. Young, Jr., 1921; Singer Gary Lewis of Gary Lewis and the Playboys, 1945; Drummer Bill Berry of R.E.M., 1958; Actor Wesley Snipes, 1962; Country singer Chad Brock, 1963; Musician Fatboy Slim, 1963; "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling, 1965; Actor Dean Cain ("Lois and Clark"), 1966; Actor Robert Telfer ("Saved By The Bell"). 1967; Actor B.J. Novak ("The Office"), 1979. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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July 28, 2009

Geography time:

Vanuatu celebrates its 29th year of independence from France and Britain this year on July 30. Where is Vanuatu?

a. South West Pacific Ocean
b. North East Atlantic Ocean
c. Just east of Monee
d. Did singer Olivia Newton-John have anything to do with that?

And the answer is ... a. Vanuatu is an island chain between Fiji and New Caledonia. To date, Olivia Newton-John did not sing about it (that was Xanadu). The GSU Library databases contain mountains of information about the islands, from societal and health factors to art to wildlife. Go to your favorite database and dig in!

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This Day in History: July 30:

1619: The first legislative assembly in English North America convened in Jamestown, Va. 1729: The U.S. city of Baltimore was founded. 1932: The tenth modern Olympic Games opened in Los Angeles.1945: The USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine and sank within 15 minutes. It was one of the greatest naval losses of World War II, resulting in the deaths of nearly 900 men. 1956: The phrase "In God We Trust" was adopted as the U.S. national motto. 1965: President Lyndon Johnson signed the Medicare Bill into law. 1975: Former Teamsters union president James Hoffa was reported missing. Many suspect he was murdered, though his remains have never been found. 1980: The Republic of Vanuatu, formerly known as the New Hebrides, gained its independence from France and Britain. 2002:Lisa Leslie became the first woman to dunk in a professional basketball game. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Writer Emily Brontë, 1818; Automaker Henry Ford, 1863; Baseball legend Casey Stengel, 1891; Sculptor Henry Moore, 1898; Actor Edd "Kookie" Byrnes, 1933; Blues guitarist Buddy Guy, 1936; Movie director Peter Bogdanovich, 1940; Singer Paul Anka, 1941; Jazz saxophonist David Sanborn, 1945; Governor and Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1947; Blues singer Otis Taylor, 1948; Actress Delta Burke, 1956; Country singer Neal McCoy, 1958; Actor Laurence Fishburne, 1961; Actress Lisa Kudrow ("Friends"), 1963; Actress Vivica A. Fox, 1964; Actor Terry Crews ("Everybody Hates Chris"), 1968; Comedian Dean Edwards ("Saturday Night Live"), 1973; Actress Hilary Swank, 1974; Actress Jaime Pressly ("My Name Is Earl,"), 1977; Actress Yvonne Strahovski ("Chuck"), 1982. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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July 27, 2009

Bit of baseball trivia:

Who holds the record for the most MLB career grand-slams?

a. Lou Gehrig
b. Babe Ruth
c. Jackie Robinson
d. Ozzie Guillen

And the answer is ... a. Lou Gehrig. Gehrig, who played for the New York Yankees from 1923 to 1939, hit 23 grand slams in his career. Gehrig holds the all-time record and for record for the American League. Next is Willie McCovey, who played for San Francisco, San Diego and Oakland from 1959 to 1980, with 18. McCovey holds the National League record. The GSU Library has many books about baseball and its players. Just check the catalog. If you like a good baseball movie, check out "Pride of the Yankees," about the life of Lou Gehrig. That classic also is available at the GSU Library. If you like reading some interesting baseball facts online, check out the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum website at http://web.baseballhalloffame.org/index.jsp, the Major League Baseball website at http://mlb.mlb.com/index.jsp, The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum website at http://www.nlbm.com/, or the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League website at http://www.aagpbl.org/.

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This Day in History: July 29:

1890: Artist Vincent van Gogh died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Auvers, France. 1958: President Eisenhower signed the congressional act that created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). 1981: Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, married Lady Diana Spencer. 2003: Red Sox switch hitter Bill Mueller became the first baseball player to hit grand slam-home runs from both sides of the plate in the same game.-- from Infoplease websites

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Singer-bassist Geddy Lee of Rush, 1953; Documentary maker Ken Burns, 1953; Actress Alexandra Paul ("Baywatch"), 1963; Country singer Martina McBride, 1966; Actor Tim Omundson ("Psych"), 1969; Actor Wil Wheaton, 1972; Singer Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men, 1973; Actor Stephen Dorff, 1973; Actor Josh Radnor ("How I Met Your Mother"), 1974; Musician Danger Mouse of Gnarls Barkley, 1977; Actress Allison Mack ("Smallville"), 1982. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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Bit of fashion trivia:

What kind of hat did First Lady Jackie Kennedy make popular in the early 1960s?

a. The cowboy hat
b. The pillbox hat
c. The motorcycle helmet
d. The baseball cap, worn backwards

And the answer is... b. The pillbox hat became all the rage as women rushed out to copy the simple and elegant style of the first lady, whose birthday is July 28. The GSU Library has many, many books on President John F. Kennedy and his family, including books about his controversial assassination, which has been a topic of debate for almost five decades. Just go to the online library catalog, click the "Subject" tab, and type in the Kennedy subject of your choice. The library also offers a ton of books about fashion throughout the years. Once again, go to the subject tab and type "fashion."

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This Day in History: July 28:

1540: King Henry VIII of England's chief minister, Thomas Cromwell, was executed and Henry married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard.
1750: The great baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach died. 1794:
Robespierre, one of the leading figures of the French Revolution, was sent to the guillotine. 1821: Peru declared its independence from Spain. 1868: The 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which established the citizenship of African Americans and guaranteed due process of law, was ratified. 1914: Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, precipitating the start of World War I. -- from Infoplese website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Author Beatrix Potter, 1866; Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, 1929; "Garfield" Cartoonist Jim Davis, 1945; Actress Sally Struthers, 1948; Drummer Simon Kirke of Bad Company, 1949; Guitarist Steve Morse of Deep Purple, 1954; Actress Lori Loughlin ("90210," "Full House"), 1964; Actress Elizabeth Berkley ("Showgirls," "Saved By The Bell"), 1972; Singer Afroman, 1974; Drummer Todd Anderson of Heartland, 1975; Singer Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach, 1976; Rapper Soulja Boy, 1990. -- From Infopleae and Yahoo!News websites

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July 23, 2009

A bit of a history quiz....

Who discovered the Watergate break-in?

a. President Richard Nixon
b. Security Guard Frank Wills
c. Reporters Woodward and Bernstein
d. Vice President Spiro Agnew

And the answer is ... b. Wills, 24, noticed something was amiss. He suspected a break-in and promptly called police. His actions on June 17, 1972, sparked the demise of a president and other key players within two years. The crimes of Watergate read like a secret agent novel: people in high places involved in fraud, espionage, sabotage, break-ins and illegal wiretapping (among others). Want to read more? The GSU Library has dozens of books on the Watergate. Just type "Watergate" in the subject category of the online card catalog.

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Upcoming Library Workshops!

The GSU Library offers many free workshops for students throughout the summer. Check out Formatting an APA Style Paper, noon-1 p.m. Thursday, July 30. You can register online or in person at the Library’s Reference Desk. Walk-ins also are welcome. All workshops are in Room 2401B (across from the Reference Desk).

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This Day in History: July 27:

1861: Union general George B. McClellan was put in command of the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War. 1940: Bugs Bunny made his debut in the cartoon A Wild Hare. 1940: Billboard magazine published its first singles record chart (for the week of July 20). 1953: An armistice was signed ending the Korean War. 1974: The House Judiciary Committee voted to impeach Richard Nixon for obstructing justice in the Watergate case. 1995: The Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC. 1996: A pipe bomb exploded in an Atlanta park during the Olympic Games. -- from Infoplease website


Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Baseball legend Leo Durocher, 1905; TV producer Norman Lear, 1922; Singer Harvey Fuqua of The Moonglows, 1929; Actor Jerry Van Dyke ("Coach"), 1931; Writer Bharati Mukherjee, 1940; Singer Bobbie Gentry, 1944; Actress-director Betty Thomas ("Hill Street Blues"), 1948; Ice Skater Peggy Fleming, 1948; Actress Roxanne Hart ("Chicago Hope"), 1952; Guitarist Duncan Cameron (Sawyer Brown), 1956; Comedian Carol Leifer, 1953; Country singer Stacy Dean Campbell, 1967; Actor Julian McMahon ("Profiler"), 1968; Comedian Maya Rudolph ("Saturday Night Live"), 1972; Actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers ("The Tudors"), 1977. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: July 26:

1788: New York became the 11th state in the United States. 1847: Liberia became Africa's first republic. 1908: The Office of the Chief Examiner, which in 1935 became the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), was created. 1947: President Harry S Truman signed the National Security Act, creating the Department of Defense, the National Security Council, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 1952: Argentina's first lady, Eva Peron, died in Buenos Aires at age 33. 1952: King Farouk I of Egypt abdicated after a coup led by Gamal Abdal Nasser. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Playwright George Bernard Shaw, 1856; Psychiatrist Carl Jung, 1875; Author Aldous Huxley, 1894; President of Chile Salvador Allende, 1908; Actress Marjorie Lord ("Make Room For Daddy"), 1918; Director Blake Edwards, 1922; Actor James Best ("The Dukes of Hazzard"), 1926; Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, 1928; Singer Dobie Gray, 1940; Musician Mick Jagger, 1943; Actress Helen Mirren, 1946; Drummer Roger Taylor of Queen, 1949; Actor-director Kevin Spacey, 1959; Singer Gary Cherone (Extreme, Van Halen), 1961; Actress Sandra Bullock, 1964; Singer Wayne Wonder, 1966; Actor Cress Williams ("Close to Home"), 1970; Drummer Dan Konopka of OK Go, 1974. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: July 25:

1946: The United States tested the first underwater atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll. 1952: Puerto Rico became a commonwealth of the United States. 1956: The Italian liner Andrea Doria sank after colliding with the Swedish ship Stockholm off the New England coast, killing 51 people. 1978: The world's first test-tube baby, Louise Joy Brown, was born in Lancashire, England. 1984: Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space. 2000: The supersonic airliner Concorde crashed after takeoff outside Paris. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Drummer Jim McCarty of The Yardbirds, 1943; Bassist Verdine White of Earth, Wind and Fire, 1951; Football great Walter Payton, 1954; Supermodel Iman, 1955; "Curtis" Cartoonist Ray Billingsley, 1957; Guitarist Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, 1958; Country singer Marty Brown, 1965; Actor Matt LeBlanc ("Friends"), 1967; Actor D.B. Woodside ("24"), 1969; Actress Miriam Shor ("Swingtown,"), 1971; Actor James Lafferty ("One Tree Hill"), 1985. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: July 24:

1847: Brigham Young and the first members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) arrived at the Great Salt Lake.
1974: The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon had to turn over White House tapes to the Watergate special prosecutor. 2002: Nine coal miners were trapped in a mine in Pennsylvania. All were rescued three days later. 2005: Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France for a record-breaking seventh time. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Liberator Simon Bolivar, 1783; Aviator Amelia Earhart, 1897; Congresswoman Bella Abzug, 1920; Comedian Ruth Buzzi, 1936; Actor Mark Goddard ("Lost In Space"), 1936; Comedian Gallagher, 1946; Actor Robert Hays ("Airplane!"), 1947; Actor Michael Richards, ("Seinfeld"), 1949; Actress Lynda Carter, 1951; Country singer Pam Tillis, 1957; Actor Kadeem Hardison, 1967; Actress Laura Leighton ("Melrose Place"), 1968; Actress-singer Jennifer Lopez, 1969; Actor Eric Szmanda ("CSI"), 1957; Actress Rose Byrne, 1979; Actress Anna Paquin, 1982; Actress Mara Wilson, 1987; TV personality Bindi Irwin ("Bindi: The Jungle Girl"), 1998. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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July 22, 2009

A bit of a science quiz:

When is the next time the Hale-Bopp Comet will pass through our inner solar system?

a. 2010
b. 2020
c. 3333
d. 4300

And the answer is ... d. It'll be a while. It was brightest in our night skies around 1997, although the men who gave it their names spotted it in 1995. Its previous visit was in 2313 B.C. Want to read more? There's a ton of articles in our databases. As a start, check it out in JSTOR or MAS Ultra. You have plenty of time to read up on it before it shows up again.

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This Day in History: July 23:

1829: William Burt patented a forerunner of the typewriter. 1885: Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States, died at Mount McGregor, N.Y., at age 63. 1914: Austria and Hungary issued an ultimatum to Serbia after the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, precipitating World War I. 1952: Revolution erupted in Egypt as the military took power in a bloodless coup. The following year the monarchy was abolished and, for the first time since the pharaohs, Egypt was again ruled by Egyptians. 1995: The Hale-Bopp comet was discovered by Alan Hale and Thomas Bopp. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie, 1892; Actress Gloria DeHaven, 1925; Guitarist Blair Thornton of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, 1950; Actor Woody Harrelson, 1961; Guitarist Martin Gore of Depeche Mode, 1961; Actor Eriq Lasalle ("ER"), 1962; Guitarist Slash of Velvet Revolver and Guns N' Roses, 1965; Singer Sam Watters of Color Me Badd, 1970; Actress Charisma Carpenter, 1970; Drummer Chad Gracey of Live, 1971; Actor-comedian Marlon Wayans, 1972; Country singer Shannon Brown, 1973; Singer Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child, 1980; Actor Daniel Radcliffe ("Harry Potter" movies), 1989. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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July 21, 2009

And the category is...John Dillinger

What movie was gangster John Dillinger watching before he was killed outside Chicago's Biograph Theater?

a. "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi"
b. "Manhattan Melodrama"
c. "The Public Enemy"
d. "Rocky Horror Picture Show"

And the answer is ...b. Dillinger and his friend Anna Sage (the "lady in red" who set him up) were watching "Manhattan Melodrama" before the FBI shot him July 22, 1934, outside the Biograph Theater. Read more about the subject of many films himself, including a brand-new one, at the GSU Library's Credo Reference database.

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This Day in History: July 22:

1933: Wiley Post became the first person to fly solo around the world. 1934: John Dillinger was shot to death outside Chicago's Biograph Theater. 1990: Greg LeMond won his third Tour de France. A Minnesota native, Lemond was the first American to win the great French cycling race. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Scientist and monk Gregor Mendel, 1822; Artist Edward Hopper, 1882; Sculptor Alexander Calder, 1898; Author Stephen Vincent Benét, 1898; Writer Amy Vanderbilt, 1908; Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, 1932; Actress Louise Fletcher, 1932; Game show host Alex Trebek, 1940; Singer-actor Bobby Sherman, 1943; Singer Don Henley, 1947; Actor Danny Glover, 1947; . Actor Willem Dafoe, 1955; Singer Keith Sweat, 1961; Singer Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls, 1963; Actor-comedian David Spade, 1964; Actor John Leguizamo, 1964; Singer Rufus Wainwright, 1973. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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July 20, 2009

A bit of a literary trivia quiz...

What book did Ernest Hemingway (Happy Birthday 7/21), NOT write:

a. "Farewell to Arms"
b. "To Have and Have Not"
c. "Old Man and the Sea"
d. "Tortilla Flat"

And the answer is ... d. "Tortilla Flat" was written by John Steinbeck. If you haven't read some of these great books, you might want to. Check them out from the GSU Library today!

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This Day in History: July 21:

1788: The U.S. Constitution went into effect when New Hampshire became the 9th state to ratify it. 1834: Cyrus McCormick's mechanical reaper was patented. 1964: Three civil rights workers — James E. Chaney, 21; Andrew Goodman, 21; and Michael Schwerner, 24 — disappeared in Philadelphia, Miss. In 2005, 41 years after the disappearance, Edgar Killen was convicted of their murders. 1982: John Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity for the attempted murder of President Ronald Reagan. 1989: The U.S. Supreme Court decided that burning the U.S. flag was protected under the First Amendment. 1997: The WNBA made its debut. 2004: Michael Melvill pilots the first privately developed spacecraft, SpaceShipOne, into space. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Author Ernest Hemingway, 1899; Violinist Isaac Stern, 1920; Actor Paul Burke ("Naked City"), 1926; Author John Gardner, 1933; U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, 1938; Cartoonist Garry Trudeau, 1948; Comedian Robin Williams, 1951; Country singer Paul Brandt, 1972; Actor Josh Hartnett, 1978; Reggae singer Damian Marley, 1978; "American Idol" runner-up Blake Lewis, 1981. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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July 16, 2009

Happy 40th GSU!

GSU was established 40 years ago on July 17. Stop by the display cases just outside the Library for a look back at the start of the future of GSU!

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A bit of a history quiz....

What did Astronaut Neil Armstrong say when he first set foot on the moon?

a. Wow, this is cool
b. It really is green cheese
c. That's one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind
d. Blue Moon, you saw me standing alone

And the answer is... c. Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon 40 years ago July 20. Read more at http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/40th/index.html

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Upcoming Library Workshops!

The GSU Library offers many free workshops for students throughout the summer. Check out Basic PowerPoint, 3-4 p.m. Thursday, July 23, and Podcasting, 1-3 p.m. Friday, July 24. The Podcasting workshop is limited to five students, so be sure to sign up early. You can register online or in person at the Library’s Reference Desk. Walk-ins also are welcome. All workshops are in Room 2401B (across from the Reference Desk).

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This Day in History: July 20:

1810: Colombia declared independence from Spain. 1881: Fugitive Sioux Indian leader Sitting Bull surrendered to federal troops. 1960: Sirima Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) became the world's first woman prime minister. 1969: Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong was the first man to walk on the Moon. 1985: Treasure hunters found the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha, which sank off the coast of Key West, Fla., in 1622 during a hurricane. The ship contained over $400 million in coins and silver ingots. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Explorer Sir Edmund Hillary, 1919; Novelist Cormac McCarthy, 1933; Actress Natalie Wood, 1938; Actress Diana Rigg, 1938; Country singer T.G. Sheppard. 1944; Singer Kim Carnes, 1945; Guitarist Carlos Santana, 1947; Drummer Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols, 1956; Singer Chris Cornell (Audioslave and Soundgarden), 1964; Guitarist Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam, 1966; Actor Josh Holloway ("Lost"), 1969; Singer Vitamin C, 1969; Singer Elliott Yamin ("American Idol"), 1978; Supermodel Gisele Bundchen, 1980; Dancer-country singer Julianne Hough ("Dancing with the Stars"), 1988. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: July 19:

1848: The first women's rights convention, called by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia C. Mott, was held in Seneca Falls, New York.
1870: The Franco-Prussian war began. 1941: Winston Churchill was the first to use the two-finger "V is for Victory" sign. 1984: Geraldine Ferraro became the first woman nominated for the vice-presidency by a major political party. 1993: President Clinton announced the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding gays in the military. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours):Inventor Samuel Colt, 1814; French painter Edgar Degas, 1834; Actor Dennis Cole, 1940; Singer Vikki Carr, 1940; Musician Commander Cody, 1944; Guitarist Brian May of Queen, 1947; Actor Anthony Edwards ("ER"), 1962; Singer Country singer Kelly Shiver (Thrasher Shiver), 1963; Drummer Jason McGerr of Death Cab For Cutie, 1974; Actor Jared Padalecki ("Supernatural"), 1982. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: July 18:

64: A great fire began that ultimately destroyed most of Rome. The emperor Nero blamed it on Christians and began the first Roman persecution of them. 1936: The Spanish Civil War began. 1947: President Harry S Truman signed the Presidential Succession Act. 1976: 14-year-old Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci earned the first perfect score, a 10, at the Olympics and went on to score six more tens and win three gold medals. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Author William Makepeace Thackeray, 1811; South African political leader Nelson Mandela, 1918; Astronaut John Glenn, 1921; Singer Dion DiMucci, 1939; Actor James Brolin, 1940; Blues guitarist Lonnie Mack, 1941; Singer Martha Reeves of Martha and the Vandellas, 1941; Country singer Ricky Skaggs, 1954; Actor Vin Diesel, 1967; Rapper M.I.A., 1975. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: July 17:

1821: Spain ceded Florida to the United States. 1898: Spain surrendered to the United States at Santiago, Cuba, ending the Spanish-American War. 1938: "Wrong Way Corrigan" took off from New York, purportedly aiming for California and landing in Ireland. 1945: President Harry Truman, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill meet at the opening of the Potsdam Conference. 1955: Disneyland opened in Anaheim, Calif. 1975: The American Apollo and Soviet Soyuz spacecraft linked up for the first time. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): TV personality Art Linkletter, 1912; Comedian Phyllis Diller, 1915; Actor Donald Sutherland, 1935; Actress-singer Diahann Carroll, 1935; Bassist Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath, 1949; Actor David Hasselhoff, 1952; Singer Regina Belle, 1963; Singer Guru of Gang Starr, 1966; Christian singer Susan Ashton, 1967; Rapper Sole', 1973. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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July 15, 2009

A bit of literary trivia...

What was the name of the main character in the book, "Catcher in the Rye?"

a. William Holden
b. Holden Caulfield
c. J.D. Salinger
d. Carlton Fisk

And the answer is ... b. Holden Caufield is the main character in the book synonymous with teen angst. (By the way, William Holden was an actor, J.D. Salinger was the author of "Catcher in the Rye," and Carlton Fisk was a baseball catcher.) Unfortunately, both of GSU's copies of the book are missing (you know who you are...), but there is no shortage of journal articles written about "Catcher" featured in many of GSU's databases. Take a peek in the Academic LexisNexis or MAS Ultra databases, for a start. If you want to read the book, you can get it through GSU's interlibrary loan program, pick it up at your local public library or buy it at just about any bookstore or online.

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This Day in History: July 16:

1790: The District of Columbia was established as the seat of the United States government. 1918: Russia's Czar Nicholas II and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks. 1935: The first parking meters were installed in Oklahoma City. 1945: The first atomic bomb was tested in Alamogordo, N.M. 1951: J. D. Salinger's novel "Catcher in the Rye" was published. 1969: Apollo 11 took off on the first manned flight to the moon. 1979: Saddam Hussein became president of Iraq. 1999: John F. Kennedy, Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette, and her sister Lauren, died in a plane crash near Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Christian Science Church founder Mary Baker Eddy, 1821; Baseball player "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, 1887; Actress Ginger Rogers, 1911; Actor Ruben Blades, 1948; Actress Phoebe Cates, 1963; Actor Will Ferrell, 1967; Actor Corey Feldman, 1971. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites


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July 14, 2009

Today's vocabulary quiz:

Amaze your friends!

What is the definition of "cacophony"?

a. A loud cough due to a cold
b. Symphony rehearsal
c. A unpleasant mixture of sounds
d. A device to record and distribute music

And the answer is... c. Sounds like...kuh-kof-uh-nee. Sort of rush-hour traffic mixed with noisy birds and much, much disjointed conversation. You can thank our friends at the Oxford English Dictionary for that definition! The online dictionary is in our database, ready for you to use.

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This Day in History: July 15:

1869: Margarine was patented in France by Hippolyte Mege Mouries.
1918: The Second Battle of the Marne began during World War I.
1940: The world's tallest man (8 feet, 11.1 inches), Robert Wadlow, died. 1975: The Russian Soyuz and the U.S. Apollo launched. The Apollo-Soyuz mission was the first international manned spaceflight. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Artist Rembrandt,1606; Actor Jan-Michael Vincent, 1944; Singer Linda Ronstadt, 1946; Marky Ramone (The Ramones), 1956; Guitarist Joe Satriani, 1956; Actor-director Forest Whitaker, 1961; Actress Brigitte Nielsen, 1963;
Actor-comedian Eddie Griffin ("Malcolm and Eddie"), 1968. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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July 13, 2009

Today's History Quiz:

Just out of curiosity, what was Billy the Kid's real name?

a. William Henry Bonney
b. William Goat
c. William Young
d. Henry McCarty

And the answer is... a. and d. Some historians say William Henry Bonney and some say Henry McCarty. Sheriff Pat Garrett shot the legendary outlaw, then in his early 20s (no one's exactly sure about his birth date either), dead in New Mexico in 1881. Want to read more about the nebulous and notorious Billy? Check him out in our Credo Reference Database.

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This Day in History: July 14:

1789: The storming and destruction of Bastille marked the beginning of the French Revolution. 1798: Congress passed the Sedition Act, making it a crime to publish false, scandalous, or malicious writing about the U.S. government. 1881: Billy the Kid was shot by Sheriff Pat Garrett in New Mexico. 1921: In one of the most controversial cases in U.S. history, anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were convicted of two murders and sentenced to death. 1933:
In Germany, all political parties except the Nazi party were outlawed. 1958: A military coup overthrew the monarchy in Iraq, killing King Faisal II. General Abdul Karim Kassem becomes Iraq's leader. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Painter James Whistler, 1834; Folk singer Woody Guthrie, 1912; President Gerald Ford, 1913; Actor Harry Dean Stanton, 1926; Actor Vincent Pastore ("The Sopranos") 1946; Actor Matthew Fox ("Lost"), 1966; Singer Tameka Cottle of Xscape, 1975; Country singer Jamey Johnson, 1975; Musician Taboo of Black Eyed Peas, 1975. -- From Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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July 09, 2009

A bit of a library trivia quiz...

What is the Materials Center?

a. A new fabric store near Lincoln Mall
b. An area of the GSU Library that houses teacher resource materials and children's literature
c. The place where art students keep their supplies
d. A hangout for clothing designers in Chicago

And the answer is ... b. The Materials Center is in the northeast corner of the library (keep going straight past the Circulation Desk). It's the perfect go-to place for education students! Check out the display of award-winning children's books while you're there.

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Upcoming Library Workshops!

The GSU Library offers many free workshops for students throughout the summer. Check out Web-Conferencing & Online Teaching: Horizon Wimba, 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, in Room D2430; and Formatting an APA style Paper, noon to 1 p.m. Friday, July 17, in Room D2401B. You can register online or in person at the Library’s Reference Desk. Walk-ins also are welcome.

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This Day in History: July 13:

1863: The draft riots, protesting unfair conscription in the Civil War, began in New York City. 1865: P.T. Barnum's American Museum, which had featured Tom Thumb and the original Siamese twins Chang and Eng, was destroyed by fire. 1930: The first World Cup soccer competition began in Montevideo, Uruguay. 1943: The Battle of Kursk, the largest tank battle in history -— involving some 6,000 tanks, 2,000,000 troops, and 4,000 aircraft -— ended in German defeat. 2003: Iraq's interim governing council was inaugurated. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Actor Patrick Stewart, 1940; Singer-guitarist Roger McGuinn of The Byrds, 1942; Actor Harrison Ford, 1942; Actor-comedian Cheech Marin, 1946; Country singer Louise Mandrell, 1954; Actor Michael Jace ("The Shield"), 1965; Singer Deborah Cox, 1973; Drummer Will Champion of Coldplay, 1978. -- From Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: July 12:

1543: England's King Henry VIII married his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr. 1862: Congress authorized the Medal of Honor. 1960:
The first Etch-A-Sketch went on sale. 1984: Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale became the first major-party candidate to choose a woman as a running mate when he announced his choice of Geraldine Ferraro.-- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Author and naturalist Henry David Thoreau, 1817; Industrialist George Eastman, 1854; Painter Andrew Wyeth, 1917; Pianist Van Cliburn, 1934; Actor Bill Cosby, 1937; Singer Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac, 1943; Fitness guru Richard Simmons, 1948; Actress Cheryl Ladd, 1951; Guitarist Dan Murphy of Soul Asylum, 1962; Singer Robin Wilson of the Gin Blossoms, 1965; Figure Skater Kristi Yamaguchi, 1971; Rapper Magoo, 1973; Actor Topher Grace ("That '70s Show"), 1978; Actress Michelle Rodriguez ("Lost"), 1978. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: July 11:

1533: Pope Clement VII excommunicated England's King Henry VIII. 1804: Former vice president Aaron Burr fatally wounded former secretary of the treasury Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Hamilton died the following afternoon. 1864: Confederate general Jubal A. Early and his troops attacked Washington, DC. They retreated the next day, ending the Confederate threat to occupy the capital. 1914: Babe Ruth made his major league baseball debut as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. 1977: The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work to advance civil rights. 1995: The United States and Vietnam established full diplomatic relations. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): President John Quincy Adams, 1767; Actor Tab Hunter, 1931; Singer Bonnie Pointer of the Pointer Sisters,1950; Reggae singer Michael Rose of Black Uhuru, 1957; Guitarist Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi, 1959; Singer Suzanne Vega, 1959; Actor Greg Grunberg ("Heroes"), 1966; Actor Justin Chambers ("Grey's Anatomy"), 1970; Rapper Lil Kim, 1975; Rapper Lil' Zane, 1982. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: July 10:

1940: The Battle of Britain began. 1951: Armistice talks to end the Korean War began at Kaesong. 1973: The Bahamas became independent from Great Britain. 1989: Mel Blanc, the “man of a thousand voices,” including such cartoon characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig, died in Los Angeles. 1991: President Bush lifted economic sanctions against South Africa. 1991: Boris Yeltsin was sworn in as Russia's first elected president. 2003: Spain opened its first mosque (in Granada) since the Moors were expelled in 1492.-- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Novelist Marcel Proust, 1871; Novelist Saul Bellow, 1915; Singer Mavis Staples,1939; Tennis star Arthur Ashe, 1943; Actor Ron Glass ("Barney Miller"), 1945; Folk singer Arlo Guthrie, 1947; Country singer Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts, 1970; Singer/actress Jessica Simpson, 1980. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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July 08, 2009

This Day in History: July 9:

1816: Argentina formally declared independence from Spain. 1850: Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the U.S., died after only 16 months in office. 1872: The doughnut cutter was patented by John F. Blondel of Thomaston, Me. 1896: William Jennings Bryan delivered his "cross of gold" speech at the Democratic National Convention. 1900: The British Parliament proclaimed that as of Jan. 1, 1901, the six Australian colonies would be united at the Commonwealth of Australia. 2002: Baseball's All-Star Game ended in a tie after 11 innings. Both sides had run out of pitchers. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Inventor Nikola Tesla, 1856; Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, 1932; Actor Brian Dennehy, 1938; Actor Richard Roundtree is, 1942; Singer Debbie Sledge of Sister Sledge, 1955; Actor Jimmy Smits, 1956; Actor Tom Hanks, 1956; Actress Kelly McGillis, 1957; Singer Courtney Love, 1964; Actor Scott Grimes ("ER"), 1971; Actor Fred Savage, 1976; Singer-actress Kiely Williams of 3LW ("Cheetah Girls" films), 1986; Actor Mitchel Musso ("Hannah Montana"), 1991; Actress Georgie Henley ("The Chronicles of Narnia"), 1995.

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July 07, 2009

A bit of a library trivia quiz:

You're in the GSU Library. Which one of these places would be safest to go to if a tornado was heading this way?

a. The cafeteria, for one last meal
b. The third floor, to get a better view
c. The restroom, you never know when you'll get another chance
d. To your car, maybe you can outrun it

And the answer is...c. the restroom. The four restrooms (and a few other areas) in the library are designated tornado-safe. Just take a minute to familiarize yourself with the signs!

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Today In History: July 8:

1776: The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence was given in Philadelphia, Pa. 1777: Vermont became the first colony to abolish slavery. 1889: The Wall Street Journal began publication. 1950: General Douglas MacArthur was named commander-in-chief of the United Nations forces in Korea. 1958: The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) awarded the first official gold album. It was for the Oklahoma soundtrack.

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Airship inventor Ferdinand Zeppelin, 1838; Politician Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1908; Singer Steve Lawrence, 1935; Actress Kim Darby, 1947; Actress Anjelica Huston, 1951; Actor Kevin Bacon, 1958; Country singer Toby Keith, 1961; Singer Beck, 1970; Actor Milo Ventimiglia ("Heroes"), 1977; Actress Sophia Bush ("One Tree Hill"), 1982; Actor Jaden Smith ("The Pursuit of Happyness"), 1998. – from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites


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July 06, 2009

Saying goodbye to a legend

The world will say goodbye to "The King of Pop" Michael Jackson, who died June 25, beginning at noon our time Tuesday, July 7, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Much will be aired online and on television, so stay tuned. His stellar career spanned decades.

What was his first smash-hit single?

a. "I Want You Back"
b. "ABC"
c. "Thriller"
d. "Billie Jean"

Although all of those songs were huge hits for Jackson, the debut single for Michael and the Jackson 5 was ... a. "I Want You Back." Michael, who had been performing for years already, was barely 11 years old when he was catapulted into fame in 1969. -- from the Entertainment Weekly website. P.S. Check out our Credo Reference database (as a start) to read up on the superstar's life.

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Today In History: July 7:

1456: Twenty-five years after her execution, Pope Calixtus III annulled the heresy charges brought against Joan of Arc.1846: Commodore John D. Sloat occupied Monterey and declared California annexed to the United States. 1898: The United States annexed Hawaii. 1946: Italian-born Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini was canonized, becoming the first American saint. 1981: President Ronald Reagan nominated Sandra Day O'Connor for the Supreme Court.--from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Artist Marc Chagall, 1887; Baseball legend Satchel Paige, 1906; Bandleader Doc Severinsen, 1927; Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, 1940; Singer David Hodo (the construction worker) of The Village People, 1947; Actress Roz Ryan ("Amen"); 1951; Bassist Mark White of the Spin Doctors, 1962; Actress Jorja Fox ("CSI"); 1968; Actress Cree Summer ("A Different World"), 1969; Skater Michelle Kwan, 1980. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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July 02, 2009

Fourth of July trivia quiz....

What year did the Fourth of July become a paid federal holiday?

a. Paid?
b. 1776
c. 1938
d. Who cares, just so I have the day off.

And the answer is.... c. From the PBS website, "Congress established Independence Day as a holiday in 1870, and in 1938 Congress reaffirmed it as a holiday, but with full pay for federal employees." Read more at http://www.pbs.org/capitolfourth/history.html

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A bit of a library trivia quiz...

Your professor has put a book on reserve for you and your classmates at the GSU Library, but you need the call number to pick it up. How do you get that number?

a. Wait for the short-wave radio transmission of the information 10 minutes after class ends
b. Go to the Reference Desk
c. Use the Vulcan mind meld on a student who has the information locked deep within his or her consciousness
d. Visit the online library catalog

And the answer is … b and d (but if you know how to do the mind meld thing, c will work, too). If you’re still learning the ins and outs of the catalog, stop by the Reference Desk for assistance. However, you can go the Library home page and click on “Library Catalog.” Click the “Course Reserve" tab and use the pull down menus for the course, department or instructor, or all of the above! The catalog should generate a list of books put on reserve for you. Find the book you’re looking for and copy down the call number. Bring that number to the Circulation Desk, where a staff member will get the book. You can’t leave the library with it (sometimes you can, depending on what your professor specified for the material), but you’re welcome to read it here for a couple of hours!

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Upcoming Library Workshops!

The GSU Library offers many free workshops for students throughout the summer. Check out Plagiarism Detection & Prevention: TurnItIn, 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, and Formatting an APA style Paper, 5-6 p.m. Thursday, July 9. You can register online or in person at the Library’s Reference Desk. Walk-ins also are welcome. All workshops are in Room 2401B (across from the Reference Desk).

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Today In History: July 6:

1535: Sir Thomas More was beheaded after refusing to join Henry VIII's Church of England. 1885: Louis Pasteur successfully treated a patient with a rabies vaccine. 1944: A fire caused by inept fire-eaters in the main tent of the Ringling Brothers Circus in Hartford, Conn., killed over 160 people. 1957: Althea Gibson won the Wimbledon women's singles tennis title. She was the first black person to win the event. 1997: The Mars rover Sojourner rolled onto the Martian surface.-- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): American naval hero John Paul Jones, 1747; Singer Della Reese, 1931; Actor Ned Beatty, 1937; Actor Burt Ward ("Batman"), 1945; Actor Sylvester Stallone, 1946; Rapper 50 Cent, 1976; Actresses Tia and Tamera Mowry, 1978; Actor Jeremy Suarez ("Bernie Mac"), 1990.-- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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Today In History: July 5:

1811: Venezuela became the first South American country to declare independence from Spain. 1865: William Booth formed the Salvation Army in London, England. 1946: Larry Doby signed with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first African American player in the American League. 1946: The bikini swimsuit made its debut at a Paris fashion show. 1954: Elvis Presley recorded "That's All Right," his first commercial record. 1975: Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win a Wimbledon singles title when he defeated Jimmy Connors. 1996: Dolly, the first sheep cloned from adult cells, was born.-- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Showman P. T. Barnum, 1810; Politician Georges Pompidou, 1911; Actress Katherine Helmond, 1929; Musician Robbie Robertson 1943; Singer Huey Lewis; 1950; Actress Edie Falco ("The Sopranos"), 1963; Actres Kathryn Erbe "Law and Order: Criminal Intent"), 1965; Rapper RZA, 1969; Rapper Bizarre of D12, 1976. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: July 4:

Happy Independence Day!

1776: The U.S. declared independence from Great Britain. 1826: Former presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died.
1831: Former president James Monroe died. 1862: Lewis Carroll first told the story of Alice's Adventures Underground to the Liddell sisters. 1884: The Statue of Liberty was presented to the United States in Paris. 1895: Katharine Lee Bates published "America the Beautiful." 1939: Lou Gehrig, stricken with ALS, made his farewell at Yankee Stadium. 1997: The U.S. Pathfinder probe landed on Mars.-- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Composer Stephen Foster, 1826; President Calvin Coolidge, 1872; Cartoonist and sculptor Rube Goldberg, 1883; Conductor Mitch Miller, 1911; Twin Columnists Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren, 1918; Actress Gina Lollobrigida, 1927; Playwright Neil Simon, 1927; Singer Bill Withers,1938; Actress Karolyn "Zuzu" Grimes ("It's A Wonderful Life"), 1940; Talk show host Geraldo Rivera, 1943; Singer John Waite, 1955; Actress Becki Newton ("Ugly Betty"), 1978. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: July 3:

1608: Samuel de Champlain founded the city of Quebec. 1775: George Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Mass. 1863: The Battle of Gettysburg ended. 1930: The U.S. Veterans Administration was created by Congress.1962: Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. – from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Author Franz Kafka, 1883; Actor Kurtwood Smith ("That 70s Show"), 1943; Actor Michael Cole ("The Mod Squad"), 1945; Writer Dave Barry, 1947; Talk show host Montel Williams, 1956; Actor Tom Cruise, 1962; Singer Tonia Tash of Divine, 1979.-- From Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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July 01, 2009

A bit of a history quiz....

What did the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 seek to accomplish?

a. To end discrimination
b. To offer equal opportunity in the workplace
c. To end segregation

The answer is... all of the above! President Lyndon Johnson signed the act into law 45 years ago July 2! Want to read more? Check it out at http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?doc=97

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This Day in History: July 2:

1566: French astrologer, physician, and prophet Nostradamus died. 1881: President James Garfield was shot by Charles Guiteau; he died on Sept. 19. 1937: Amelia Earhart and her co-pilot Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to fly around the world. 1964: President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law. 2002: Steve Fossett became the first to circumnavigate the globe solo in a balloon. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Novelist Hermann Hesse, 1877: U.S Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, 1908; Race car driver Richard Petty, 1937; Model-actress Jerry Hall, 1956; Actress Yancy Butler ("Witchblade"), 1970; Singer Michelle Branch, 1983; Actress Ashley Tisdale ("High School Musical"), 1985; Actress Lindsay Lohan, 1986.-- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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