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August 31, 2009

A bit of comic book news...

Spider Man and the X-Men soon will be living under the same roof as Mickey Mouse. The Walt Disney Co. is buying Marvel Entertainment Inc. for $4 billion. The deal will close by the end of the year,the Associated Press reported Monday. Want to read more? Click on http://http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090831/ap_on_bi_ge/us_disney_marvel_entertainment. Also, the GSU Library offers many books about comics and comic strips. Go to the library home page, click onto the library catalog and type in "Comic books, strips, etc." and pull down "subject." Select your area of interest and enjoy!

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A bit of history trivia:

The wreck of the Titanic was found Sept. 1, 1985. What was the name of the ship that rescued the Titanic's survivors when it sank in 1912?

a. The Carpathia
b. The QEI
c. The USS Enterprise
d. The Queen Mary

And the answer is ... a. The Carpathia rescued 705 survivors of the doomed Titanic. Sadly, the Carpathia sank after it was torpedoed by a German U-boat in 1918. Its wreckage was discovered in 1999. Want to read more? Check it out the Credo Reference database, for a start. Also, The GSU Library has a copy of the 1997 blockbuster movie "Titanic," so enjoy it today!

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This Day in History, Sept. 1:


1807: Former U.S. vice president Aaron Burr was found innocent of treason. 1923: A devastating earthquake struck the Japanese cities of Tokyo and Yokohama. Nearly 150,000 people were killed and more than two million left homeless. 1939: World War II began when Nazi Germany invaded Poland. 1969: A coup in Libya toppled the monarchy of King Idris and brought Muammar al-Qaddafi to power. 1983: A Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 was shot down by a Soviet jet fighter, killing all 269 people aboard. 1985: A joint U.S.-French expedition located the wreck of the Titanic 560 miles off the coast of Newfoundland. 2004: Chechen terrorists took about 1,200 schoolchildren and others hostage in Beslan, Russia. Commandos stormed the school on Sept. 3. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Boxer Rocky Marciano, 1923; Comedian-actress Lily Tomlin, 1939; Singer Archie Bell of Archie Bell and the Drells, 1944; Singer Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, 1946; Drummer Greg Errico of Sly and the Family Stone, 1948; Talk show host Dr. Phil, 1950; Singer Gloria Estefan, 1957; Jazz saxophonist Boney James, 1961; Country singer-songwriter Charlie Robison, 1964; DJ Spigg Nice of Lost Boyz, 1970; Actor Ricardo Antonio Chavira ("Desperate Housewives"), 1971; Actor Scott Speedman ("Felicity"), 1975; Guitarist Joe Trohman of Fall Out Boy, 1984. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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August 28, 2009

Got it write?

Don't forget, if you enjoy writing, the GSU Writers Ink group will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in the Library Administrative Conference Room (D2417).

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A bit of a library trivia quiz...

The start of the new academic year is almost upon us. As a GSU student, what also serves as your GSU Library card?

a. Your driver's license
b. Your GSU student ID
c. Your F.O.I.D. card
d. Your credit card

And the answer is...b. Your student ID also serves as your library card to check out materials at the GSU Library. Dig in and welcome back!

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This Day in History: Aug. 31:

1887: Thomas Edison received a patent for his "Kinetoscope," and moving pictures were born. 1888: Mary Ann Nicholls, considered to be Jack the Ripper's first victim, was found murdered in London. 1962:
Trinidad and Tobago gained independence from Great Britain. 1980: Poland's Solidarity labor movement had its beginnings when an agreement ending a 17-day strike was signed in Gdansk. 1994: Russia officially ended its military presence in the former East Germany and the Baltic states. 1997: Princess Diana and her companion Dodi al-Fayed were killed in a car accident in Paris. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Educator Maria Montessori, 1870; Queen Wilhelmina, 1880; Drummer Jerry Allison of Buddy Holly and the Crickets, 1939; Violinist Itzhak Perlman, 1945; Singer Van Morrison, 1945; Schenker of Scorpions, 1948; Actor Richard Gere, 1949; Singer Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze, 1957; Drummer Gina Schock of The Go-Go's, 1957; Singer Tony DeFranco of The DeFranco Family, 1959; Singer Deborah Gibson, 1970; Bassist Greg Richling of The Wallflowers, 1970; Actor Zack Ward ("A Christmas Story," "Titus"), 1970; Actor Chris Tucker ("Rush Hour"), 1972; Actress Sara Ramirez ("Grey's Anatomy"), 1975; Singer Tamara of Trina and Tamara, 1977. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Aug. 30:

30 B.C.: Cleopatra VII, Queen of Egypt, committed suicide. 1862: The Second Battle of Bull Run took place during the Civil War. 1905: Ty Cobb made his major league batting debut, playing for the Detroit Tigers. 1941: The two-year siege of Leningrad during World War II began. 1963: A hot line between the Kremlin and the White House went into operation to reduce the chances of an accidental war. 1967: Thurgood Marshall was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become the first African American Supreme Court justice. 1999: East Timor residents voted to secede from Indonesia. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Writer Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, 1797; Politician Huey Long, 1893; Civil-rights leader Roy Wilkins, 1901; Actor Fred MacMurray, 1908; Baseball player Ted Williams, 1918; Actor Bill Daily ("I Dream of Jeannie," "The Bob Newhart Show"), 1927; Executive Warren Buffett, 1930; Actress Peggy Lipton ("The Mod Squad"), 1947; Comedian Lewis Black ("The Daily Show"), 1948; Actor Michael Chiklis ("The Fantastic Four," "The Shield"), 1963; Actress Michael Michele ("ER," "Homicide: Life On The Street"), 1966; Guitarist Lars Frederiksen of Rancid, 1971; Actress Cameron Diaz, 1972; TV personality Lisa Ling ("The View"), 1973; Singer Rich Cronin of LF0, 1975; Guitarist Ryan Ross (Panic At The Disco), 1986. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Aug. 29:

1533: Atahualpa, the last ruler of the Incas, was murdered as Francisco Pizarro completed his conquest of Peru. 1786: Shays's rebellion, an insurrection of Massachusetts farmers against the state government, began. 1842: The Treaty of Nanking was signed, ending the Opium Wars and ceding the island of Hong Kong to Britain.
1877: Brigham Young died in Salt Lake City, Utah. 1949: The U.S.S.R. tested their first atomic bomb. 1957: Strom Thurmond ended the longest filibuster in U.S. Senate history. He spoke for more than 24 hours against a civil rights bill; the bill passed. 1966: The Beatles played their last major live concert at Candlestick Park, Calif. 1991: The Supreme Soviet, the parliament of the U.S.S.R., suspended all activities of the Communist Party, bringing an end to the institution. 2005: Hurricane Katrina slammed into the U.S. Gulf Coast, destroying beachfront towns in Mississippi and Louisiana, displacing a million people and killing more than 1,000. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): English philosopher John Locke, 1632; Actress Ingrid Bergman, 1915; Musician Charlie Parker, 1920; Actor-director Richard Attenborough, 1923; Singer Dinah Washington, 1924; Movie director William Friedkin, 1935; Actor Elliott Gould, 1938; TV personality Robin Leach ("Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous"), 1941; Actress Rebecca DeMornay, 1959; Singer Carl Martin of Shai, 1970; Actress Carla Gugino, 1971; Guitarist Kyle Cook of Matchbox Twenty, 1975; Actor John Hensley ("Nip/Tuck"), 1977; Bassist David Desrosiers of Simple Plan, 1980. -- for Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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August 27, 2009

A bit of a civil rights quiz:

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech to a crowd of more than 200,000 people on Aug. 28, 1963, in Washington, D.C. What prestigious honor did he receive the following year?

a. Pulitzer Prize
b. Nobel Peace Prize
c. Medal of Honor
d. Purple Heart

And the answer is... b. King became the youngest man (at 35) to receive the honor, and announced he would donate his award money to the civil rights movement, according to the Nobel Prize website. You can visit the site at http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1964/king-bio.html, or check out one of the many books the GSU Library offers by or about King and the civil rights movement.

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This Day in History: Aug. 28:

1609: Henry Hudson discovered Delaware Bay. 1850: Richard Wagner's opera, Lohengrin, premiered at Weimar, Germany. 1922: The first commercial to be broadcast on radio aired on station WEAF in New York City. The 10-minute advertisement for the Queensboro Realty Company cost $100. 1963: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial to civil rights demonstrators. 1968: Anti-Vietnam war protesters and police clashed in the streets of Chicago while the Democratic National Convention nominated Hubert H. Humphrey for president. 1981: The Centers for Disease Control announced a medical task force had been formed to look into the incidence of Kaposi's sarcoma and pneumocystis in homosexual men. AIDS was later found to be the cause. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, 1774; Actor Charles Boyer, 1899; Psychologist Bruno Bettelheim, 1903; Actor Ben Gazzara, 1930; Actor Ken Jenkins ("Scrubs"), 1940; Actor David Soul, 1943; Singer Wayne Osmond of The Osmonds, 1951; Actress Emma Samms, 1960; Country singer Shania Twain, 1965; Actor Billy Boyd ("Lord of the Rings"), 1968; Actor-singer Jack Black, 1969; Actor Jason Priestley ("Beverly Hills, 90210"), 1969; Actor J. August Richards ("Angel"), 1973; Country singer Leann Rimes, 1982. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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August 26, 2009

A bit of literary trivia....

Writer Theodore Dreiser's birthday is Aug, 27, 1871. He wrote all but one of the following books. Which one didn't he write?

a. Sister Carrie
b. The Titan
c. Oil, A Novel
d. Bulwark

And the answer is .... c. Oil was written by Upton Sinclair. All of these books are available at the GSU Library for your reading pleasure!

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This Day in History: Aug. 27:

1859: Edwin Drake drilled the first successful U.S. oil well near Titusville, Pa. 1883: A massive volcanic eruption on the island of Krakatoa blew up most of the island and resulted in tsunamis that killed over 36,000 people. 1928: The Kellogg-Briand Pact, outlawing war, was signed. 1945: U.S. troops began landing in Japan after Japan's surrender in World War II. 1962: The U.S. launched the Mariner II space probe. 2003: Mars made its closest approach to earth in 60,000 years. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Writer Theodore Dreiser, 1871; Photographer and painter Man Ray, 1890; Novelist C.S. Forester, 1899; U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1908; Actor Tommy Sands, 1937; Musician Daryl Dragon of the Captain and Tennille, 1937; Actress Tuesday Weld, 1943; Actress Barbara Bach, 1947; Ex-porn star Harry Reems, 1947; Guitarist Jeff Cook of Alabama, 1949; Actor Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman), 1952; Bassist Glen Matlock of The Sex Pistols, 1956; Gospel singer Yolanda Adams, 1962; Country guitarist Matthew Basford of Yankee Grey, 1962; Percussionist Bobo of Cypress Hill, 1968; Actress Chandra Wilson ("Grey's Anatomy"), 1969; Actress Sarah Chalke ("Scrubs,"), 1976; Rapper Mase, 1977; Guitarist Jon Siebels of Eve 6, 1979; Singer Mario, 1986; Actress Alexa Vega ("Spy Kids"), 1988. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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August 25, 2009

A bit of a history quiz....

Women received the right to vote when the 19th Amendment was passed Aug. 26, 1920. Who was the first woman to vote under the new amendment?

a. Marie Ruoff Byrum
b. Susan B. Anthony
c. Mae West
d. First lady Edith Wilson

And the answer is ... a. Marie Ruoff Byrum became the first women to vote in Missouri and in the United States under the 19th Amendment in a special election on Aug. 31, 1920. P.S. Some states and territories granted women the right to vote decades before 1920, but Byrum was the first to vote under the 19th amendment, according to a variety of different websites. The GSU Library has many books on women and the right to vote. Just put "Women Suffrage" in the subject area of the online catalog, grab a book and learn more!

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This Day in History: Aug. 26:

1847: Liberia was proclaimed an independent republic. 1920: The 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote went into effect. 1939: The first televised major league baseball game was televised: a double-header between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds. 1974: Aviator Charles Lindbergh, the first man to fly solo, nonstop across the Atlantic, died. 1978: John Paul I became Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. He died one month later. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Chemist Antoine Laurent Lavoisier, 1743; Art patron Peggy Guggenheim, 1898; Missionary Mother Teresa, 1910; Singer Valerie Simpson of Ashford and Simpson, 1946; Singer Bob Cowsill of The Cowsills, 1949; Bandleader Branford Marsalis, 1960; Singer Shirley Manson of Garbage, 1966; Guitarist Dan Vickrey of Counting Crows, 1966; Drummer Adrian Young of No Doubt, 1969; Actress Melissa McCarthy ("Samantha Who?," "Gilmore Girls"), 1970; Actor Macaulay Culkin, 1980; Singer Cassie, 1986; Actress Keke Palmer ("Akeelah and the Bee"), 1993. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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August 24, 2009

A bit of library trivia:

The New York Times Best Sellers recently were relocated. Where did they go?

a. What New York Times Best Sellers?
b. Across from the Circulation Desk
c. Behind the Circulation Desk
d. They're all checked out right now

And the answer is ... b. Grab something fun to read (rather than a textbook) across from the Circulation Desk.

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This Day in History: Aug. 25:

1718: New Orleans was founded by French settlers and named after the Duke of Orleans. 1825: Uruguay declared its independence from Brazil.
1875: Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the English Channel. It took him 21 hours and 45 minutes. 1916: The Department of the Interior created the National Park Service to manage and preserve national parks and monuments for future generations. 1944; Paris was liberated from Nazi occupation by Allied forces. 1984: Author Truman Capote was found dead in Los Angeles. 2001: Singer and actress Aaliyah died in a plane crash in the Bahamas. 2003: NASA launched the infrared Spitzer Space Telescope. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Detective Allan Pinkerton, 1819; Composer Leonard Bernstein, 1918; Governor George Wallace, 1919;Game show host Monty Hall, 1921; Tennis player Althea Gibson, 1927; Actor Sean Connery, 1930; Television personality Regis Philbin, 1931; Actor Tom Skerritt, 1933; Singer Walter Williams of The O'Jays, 1941; Actor Anthony Heald ("Boston Public"), 1944; Actor John Savage, 1949; Bassist Gene Simmons of Kiss, 1949; Singer Rob Halford of Judas Priest, 1951; Keyboardist Geoff Downes of Asia, 1952; Musician Elvis Costello, 1954; Director Tim Burton, 1958; Country singer-actor Billy Ray Cyrus, 1961; Guitarist Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard, 1962; Actor Blair Underwood, 1964; Actor Robert Maschio ("Scrubs"), 1966; DJ Terminator X of Public Enemy, 1966; Singer Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, 1967; TV chef Rachael Ray, 1968; Actor Eric Millegan ("Bones"), 1974; Actor Kel Mitchell ("Kenan and Kel"), 1978; Actress Rachel Bilson ("The O.C."), 1981; Actress Blake Lively ("Gossip Girl"), 1987.

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August 21, 2009

Movie time trivia quiz:

Scottish freedom fighter William Wallace was executed in Aug. 23, 1305. Who played Wallace in the 1995 blockbuster movie "Braveheart"?

a. Brad Pitt
b. Mel Gibson
c. Mickey Rooney
d. Justin Timberlake

And the answer is ... b. And if you haven't seen the movie, check it out from the GSU Library!

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Upcoming Library Workshop!

The GSU Library offers many free workshops, even though it's breaktime. Check out Starting Your Family Tree, 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, in Room 2401B (across from the Reference Desk). 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: Aug. 24:

79: Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. 1572: 70,000 French Protestants, or Huguenots, were killed in the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre. 1814: The British set fire to the White House and the Capitol when they invaded Washington, D.C., during the War of 1812. 1821: Mexico gained its independence from Spain with the Treaty of Cordoba. 1949: The North Atlantic Treaty went into effect. 1968: France became the world's fifth nuclear power as it exploded a hydrogen bomb in the South Pacific. 1989: Pete Rose was banned from baseball for gambling.1991: Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as the general secretary of the Communist Party after a failed coup attempt against him. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Actor Kenny Baker (R2-D2 in "Star Wars"), 1934; Guitarist Mason Williams, 1938; Singer Marshall Thompson of The Chi-Lites, 1942; Keyboardist Ken Hensley of Uriah Heep, 1945; Actor Steve Guttenberg, 1958; Baseball player Cal Ripken, Jr., 1960; Talk show host Craig Kilborn, 1962; Singer John Bush of Anthrax, 1963; Actress Marlee Matlin, 1965; Country singer Kristyn Osborn of SheDaisy, 1970; Actor-comedian Dave Chappelle, 1973; Actor Carmine Giovinazzo ("CSI: New York"), 1973; Actor Chad Michael Murray ("One Tree Hill," "A Cinderella Story"), 1981; Actor Rupert Grint ("Harry Potter"), 1988. -- from Infoplese and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Aug. 23:

1305: Scottish leader and national hero, William Wallace, was executed in London. 1914: Japan declared war on Germany in World War I. 1926: Silent film star Rudolph Valentino died in New York at age 31. 1927: Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed for the murders of two men during a 1920 robbery, despite worldwide protests.
1939: Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression treaty. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): French King Louis XVI, 1754; Dancer Gene Kelly, 1912; Actress Vera Miles, 1930; Satirist Mark Russell, 1932; Actress Barbara Eden, 1934; Actor Richard Sanders ("WKRP In Cincinnati"), 1940; Country singer Rex Allen Jr., 1947; Country fiddler-singer Woody Paul of Riders in the Sky, 1949; Actress Shelley Long, 1949; Singer-actor Rick Springfield, 1949; Guitarist Dean DeLeo of Army of Anyone (and Stone Temple Pilots), 1961; Actor Jay Mohr, 1970; Singer Julian Casablancas of The Strokes, 1978. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Aug. 22:

1642: The English Civil War began between supporters of King Charles I (Royalists or Cavaliers) and those of Oliver Cromwell (Roundheads). 1775: King George III proclaimed the American colonies to be in open rebellion. 1846: The United States annexed New Mexico.
1851: The U.S. yacht America outraced the British Aurora off the English coast to win a trophy that became known as the America's Cup.
1902: Theodore Roosevelt became the first United States president to ride in an automobile. 1910: Korea was annexed by Japan after five years as a protectorate. 2003: Alabama's chief justice, Roy Moore, was suspended for refusing to move a Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse. 2004: A version of Edvard Munch's painting The Scream was stolen in Norway. Another version had been stolen in 1994. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Writer Dorothy Parker, 1893; Photojournalist Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1908; Blues musician John Lee Hooker, 1917; Writer Ray Bradbury, 1920; Newsman Morton Dean, 1933; General Norman Schwarzkopf, 1934; Actress Valerie Harper, 1940; Football coach Bill Parcells, 1941; Correspondent Steve Kroft ("60 Minutes"), 1945; Actress Cindy Williams ("Laverne and Shirley"), 1947; Guitarist David Marks of The Beach Boys, 1948; Guitarist Vernon Reid of Living Colour, 1958; Country singer Collin Raye, 1960; Actress Regina Taylor ("The Unit," "I'll Fly Away"), 1960; Drummer Debbi Peterson of The Bangles, 1961; Singer Tori Amos, 1963; Country singer Mila Mason, 1963; Keyboardist James DeBarge of DeBarge, 1963; Rapper GZA of Wu-Tang Clan, 1966; Guitarist Paul Doucette of Matchbox Twenty, 1972; Rapper Beenie Man, 1973; Singer Howie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys, 1973; Comedian Kristen Wiig ("Saturday Night Live"), 1973; Actress Jenna Leigh Green ("Sabrina the Teenage Witch"), 1974; Bassist Dean Back of Theory Of A Deadman, 1975; Guitarist Jeff Stinco of Simple Plan, 1978. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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August 20, 2009

This Day in History: Aug. 21:

1680: Pueblo Indians drove out the Spanish and took possession of Santa Fe, N.M. 1831: Nat Turner led an insurrection of slaves in Virginia. 1858: The famous debates between Senator Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln began in Illinois. 1911: The Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre museum in France by an Italian waiter, Vicenzo Perruggia. 1940: Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky died in Mexico City. 1959: Hawaii became the 50th state in the United States.
1983: Corazon Aquino's husband Benigno, who was Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos's chief political opponent, was assassinated. 1991: Latvia declared its independence from the Soviet Union. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Jazz pianist Count Basie, 1904; Actor-filmmaker-writer Melvin Van Peebles, 1932; Legendary basketball player Wilt Chamberlain, 1936; Singer Kenny Rogers, 1938; Guitarist James Burton (with Elvis Presley), 1939; Actor Clarence Williams the Third ("The Mod Squad"), 1939; Singer Jackie DeShannon, 1941; Singer Carl Giammarese of The Buckinghams, 1947; Actress Loretta Devine ("Boston Public"), 1949; Actress Kim Cattrall ("Sex and the City"), 1956; Actress Carrie-Anne Moss ("The Matrix," "Chocolat"), 1970; Musician Liam Howlett of Prodigy, 1971; Singer Kelis, 1979; Actor Cody Kasch ("Desperate Housewives"), 1987; Actress Hayden Panettiere ("Heroes"), 1989; Actor RJ Mitte ("Breaking Bad"), 1992. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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August 19, 2009

A bit of library trivia:

What are the GSU Library's hours during break (Aug. 18-30):

a. Noon to 5 p.m., with three hours off for lunch, Monday-Friday
b. 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday only
c. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday
d. Open?

And the answer is c. The library is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday, during break. So, if you need a book or to use the computer, stop in!

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This Day in History: Aug 20:

1964: As part of his Great Society policies, Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act which, among other things, established the Head Start program. 1968: The Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact nations invaded Czechoslovakia. 1977: The space probe Voyager 2 was launched. It continues to explore to this day, and is now more than 7 billion miles from Earth. 1980: Italian Reinhold Messner made the first successful solo ascent of Mount Everest and without oxygen. 1998: U.S. cruise missiles hit suspected terrorist bases in Afghanistan and the Sudan. 2000: Tiger Woods won the PGA Championship becoming the first player since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win three majors in one year. -- from the Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): U.S. President Benjamin Harrison, 1833; News anchor Connie Chung, 1946; Trombone player Jimmy Pankow of Chicago, 1947; Singer Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin,1948; Singer Rudy Gatlin of the Gatlin Brothers, 1952; Singer-songwriter John Hiatt, 1952; Actor James Marsters ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), 1962; Rapper KRS-Onem, 1965; Singer Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit, 1970; Guitarist Brad Avery of Third Day, 1971; Singer Monique Powell of Save Ferris, 1975; Actor Ben Barnes ("Prince Caspian"), 1981; Singer-actress Demi Lovato ("Camp Rock"), 1992. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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August 12, 2009

A bit of music trivia:

The Woodstock Music & Art Fair opened Aug. 15, 1969. Who was the opening act?

a. Grateful Dead
b. Richie Havens
c. Jimi Hendrix
d. The Who

Although all of the artists above rocked the approximately half-a-million at Woodstock, the answer is a. Richie Havens opened the historic event. Read more about it in the Credo Reference Database.

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August 11, 2009

This Day in History: Aug. 19:

1812: The U.S. frigate Constitution, Old Ironsides, defeated the British ship Guerriere during the War of 1812. 1934: Germans voted to make Adolf Hitler Fuhrer. 1960: American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers was convicted of espionage in Moscow. 1977: Comedian Groucho Marx died in Los Angeles at age 86. 2003: U.N. special representative Sergio Vieira de Mello was one of 22 killed when a suicide car bomb struck the UN's Baghdad headquarters. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Aviation pioneer Orville Wright, 1871; Fashion designer Coco Chanel, 1883; Poet Ogden Nash, 1902, Publisher Malcolm Forbes, 1919; Jockey Willie Shoemaker, 1931; U.S. President Bill Clinton, 1946. -- from Infoplease website

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This Day in History: Aug. 18:

1227: Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan died in China. 1587: Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents born in North America.
1894: Congress established the Bureau of Immigration, forerunner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. 1920: When Tennessee ratified the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, the three-quarters of the states necessary was achieved and American women got the right to vote. 1936: Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca was shot and killed by Franco's soldiers during the Spanish Civil War. 1958: Vladimir Nabokov's novel Lolita was published. 1963: James Meredith became the first African American to graduate from the University of Mississippi. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): First child born in America from English settlers Virginia Dare, 1587; Explorer Meriwether Lewis, 1774; Actress Shelley Winters, 1920; US First Lady Rosalynn Smith Carter, 1927; Film Director Roman Polanski, 1933; Baseball player Roberto Clemente, 1934; Actor Robert Redford, 1937; Actor Patrick Swayze,1952; Actor Christian Slater, 1969. -- from Infoplease website

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This Day in History: Aug. 17:

1807: Robert Fulton's steamboat, the Clermont, began its trip up the Hudson River to Albany. 1863: Fort Sumter, S.C. was bombarded by Union ships during the Civil War. 1896: Prospectors found gold in Alaska, a discovery that set off the Klondike gold rush. 1945: Indonesian nationalists proclaimed independence from the Netherlands.
1969: Hurricane Camille devastated the Gulf Coast, killing 248 people. 1978: The first successful trans-Atlantic balloon flight landed outside of Paris. 1987: Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler's second in command, committed suicide. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Frontiersman Davy Crockett, 1786; Black nationalist leader Marcus Garvey, 1887; Actress Mae West, 1893; Poet Ted Hughes, 1930; Author V.S. Naipaul, 1932; Actor Robert De Niro, 1943; Actor Sean Penn, 1960. -- from Infoplease website

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This Day in History: Aug. 16:

1777: The Revolutionary War battle of Bennington, Vt., won by American forces. 1829: The original Siamese twins, Eng and Chang, arrived in Boston. 1948: Baseball legend Babe Ruth died in New York City at age 53. 1960: Cyprus, the third-largest island in the Mediterranean, became an independent republic. 1962: Algeria was admitted to the Arab League. 1977: Elvis Presley died at Graceland, his Memphis,Tenn., home, from heart failure at age 42. 2003: Former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin died. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Labor leader George Meany, 1894; Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin, 1913; Author Charles Bukowski, 1920; Football player Frank Gifford, 1930; Actress Angela Bassett, 1958; Singer Madonna, 1958. -- from Infoplease website

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This Day in History: Aug. 15:

1057: Macbeth, king of Scotland, was killed by Malcolm Canmore. 1911: Proctor & Gamble Company introduced Crisco vegetable shortening. 1935: Aviator Wiley Post and actor Will Rogers were killed in a plane crash. 1939: The Wizard of Oz premiered in Hollywood. 1947: The Indian Independence Bill created the two independent states of India and Pakistan. 1948: South Korea became the Republic of Korea. 1969: Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened at Max Yasgur's dairy farm in Bethel, New York. 1998: A car bomb in Omagh, Northern Ireland, killed 29 people. It was the deadliest act of violence in more than 30 years of "Troubles." 2001: Astronomers announced the discovery of the first solar system outside our own. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): French emperor Napoleon I, 1769; Writer Walter Scott, 1771; Actress Ethel Barrymore, 1879; Writer Edna Ferber, 1887; Adventurer T.E. Lawrence, 1888; Chef Julia Child, 1912. Actress Rose-Marie ("The Dick Van Dyke Show"), 1923; Actor Mike Connors, 1925; Actress Pat Priest ("The Munsters"), 1936; Author-journalist Linda Ellerbee, 1944; Actor Larry Mathews ("The Dick Van Dyke Show"), 1955; Actor Zeljko Ivanek ("Heroes," "Homicide"), 1957; Actor Rondell Sheridan ("That's So Raven," "Cory in the House"), 1958; Actor Peter Hermann ("Law and Order: Special Victims Unit"), 1967; Actress Debra Messing ("Will and Grace"), 1968; Actor Anthony Anderson ("Barbershop"), 1970; Actor Ben Affleck, 1972; Singer Joe Jonas of The Jonas Brothers, 1989. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Aug. 14:

1900: International forces entered Beijing, China, in an effort to suppress the anti-foreign uprising known as the Boxer Rebellion. 1935: The Social Security Act became law. 1945: Japan surrendered to the United States, ending World War II. 1947: Pakistan became independent of British rule. 1951: Newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst died in Beverly Hills, Calif. 1995: Shannon Faulkner became the first female cadet at the Citadel, the state military college of South Carolina. 1997: Timothy McVeigh was sentenced to death for the Oklahoma City bombing. 2003: The largest blackout in North American history hit the northeast. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Singer-pianist Buddy Greco, 1926; Singer David Crosby, 1941; Actor Steve Martin, 1945; Bassist Larry Graham of Sly and the Family Stone, 1946; Actress Susan St. James, 1946; Romance novelist Danielle Steel, 1947; Cartoonist Gary Larson ("The Far Side"), 1950; Basketball player Magic Johnson, 1959; Actress Susan Olsen ("The Brady Bunch"), 1961; Actress Halle Berry, 1966; Guitarist Kevin Cadogan of Third Eye Blind, 1970; Actor Christopher Gorham ("Ugly Betty"), 1974; Actress Mila Kunis ("That '70s Show"), 1983. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Aug. 13:

1521: After a three-month siege, the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán fell to the Spanish conquistadors, marking the end of one empire and the rise of another. 1942: Disney's Bambi opened at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. 1961: The border between East and West Berlin was closed and marked with a barbed wire fence. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Sharpshooter Annie Oakley, 1860; Director Alfred Hitchcock, 1899; Golfer Ben Hogan, 1912; Cuban leader Fidel Castro, 1926; Singer Don Ho, 1930; Actress Gretchen Corbett ("The Rockford Files"), 1947; Actor Danny Bonaduce, 1959; Actress Dawnn Lewis ("A Different World," "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper"), 1961; Actor John Slattery ("Mad Men," "Desperate Housewives"), 1962; Country singer Andy Griggs, 1973; Singer James Morrison, 1984. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Aug. 12:

1624: Cardinal Richelieu was named chief minister of France by king Louis XIII. 1851: Issac Singer patented the sewing machine. 1865: British surgeon Joseph Lister became the first doctor to use an antiseptic during surgery. 1898: A peace protocol ending the Spanish-American War was signed. 1898: Hawaii was formally annexed to the United States. 1972: The last American combat troops left Vietnam. 1985: In the world's worst single-aircraft disaster, a Japan Air Lines 747 crashed into Mount Osutaka, killing 520 of the 524 aboard.
1998: Swiss banks agreed to pay $1.25 billion to settle lawsuits brought by Holocaust survivors and their heirs. The banks had kept millions of dollars deposited by Holocaust victims before and during World War II. 2000: The Russian military submarine, Kursk, and its crew were lost in the Barents Sea. 2004: N.J. governor James McGreevey announced his resignation. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Novelist Mary Roberts Rinehart, 1876; Baseball player Christy Mathewson, 1880; Director Cecil B. De Mille, 1881; Actor George Hamilton, 1939; Singer Kid Creole, 1950; Actor Sam J. Jones ("Flash Gordon"), 1954; Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny, 1954; Actor Bruce Greenwood ("Thirteen Days"), 1956; Country singer Danny Shirley of Confederate Railroad, 1956; Rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot, 1963; Actor Peter Krause ("Six Feet Under,"),1965; Actor Casey Affleck, 1975; Actress Maggie Lawson ("Psych"), 1980; Actress Imani Hakim ("Everybody Hates Chris"), 1993. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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August 10, 2009

A bit of art history trivia:

Artist Jackson Pollock, who died Aug. 11, 1956, was noted for a form of abstract expressionism referred to as:

a. Finger painting
b. Action Painting
c. Painting action figures
d. Painting by numbers

And the answer is... b. Pollock used to place his canvas on the floor of his studio and pour or drip paint on it. According to the Britannica Concise Encyclopedia (from the Credo Reference database), "The results were huge areas covered with complex and dynamic linear patterns that fuse image and form and engulf the vision of the spectator in their scale and intricacy." Want to read more or see the work he has done? Check out one of the many books about him and his work available at the GSU Library.

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This Day in History: Aug. 11:

1909: Arapahoe became the first American ship to use the S.O.S. distress signal. 1934: The first inmates arrived at the federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. 1952: King Hussein of Jordan ascended the throne after his father had been declared mentally unfit. 1954: More than seven years of fighting in Indochina formerly ended with the cessation of French control. 1956: Abstract artist Jackson Pollock died in an automobile accident. 1960: Chad gained its independence from France. 1965: Following the arrest of a young black motorist, the predominately black neighborhood of Watts in Los Angeles erupted in riots that lasted six days and left 34 dead.

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Father of gymnastics Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, 1778; Author Alex Haley, 1921; Actress-TV personality Arlene Dahl, 1928; Baptist pastor Jerry Falwell, 1933; Country singer John Conlee, 1946; Entrepreneur Steve Wozniak, 1950; Wrestler-actor Hulk Hogan, 1953; Singer Joe Jackson, 1954; Actor Joe Rogan ("Fear Factor," "NewsRadio"), 1967; Actress Ashley Jensen ("Ugly Betty"), 1968; Rap DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad, 1970; Actor Will Friedle ("Boy Meets World"), 1976; Rapper Chris Kelly of Kris Kross, 1978; Singer J-Boog (B2K), 1985; Rapper Asher Roth, 1985.

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August 06, 2009

Be a Friend.

Friends of the GSU Library will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, in the Library Administrative Conference Room. If you are not a Friend and want to be, you can join at the meeting (you have to be a Friend to attend). Students and seniors (citizens, that is) can join for just $5. Everyone else can join for $35. Some membership benefits include book sale preview privileges, invitations to special events, and the knowledge that you're helping make the GSU Library a better place for all.

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Some television trivia:

What is considered the first "Reality TV" show?

a. "Twilight Zone"
b. "Candid Camera"
c. "Lost in Space"
d. "As the World Turns"

And the answer is....b. (although at times, some of the others seem more accurate). "Candid Camera," which placed unsuspecting people in the position of being filmed in comic situations, debuted on television Aug. 10, 1948. According to the Infoplease website, it was the ground breaker of its genre. You can read more about it in the GSU Library databases (there are some articles in Communications & Mass Media Complete, to start), or go to the show's website at http://www.candidcamera.com/.

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A bit of a literary trivia quiz...

Henry David Thoreau's "Walden," recounting his solitary life on the shores of Walden Pond, was published Aug. 9, 1854. Just where is Walden Pond?

a. Near Peotone
b. Isn't that the pond outside the cafeteria?
c. In Massachusettes
d. It's now a parking lot in Atlantic City, NJ

And the answer is ... c. And you can pick up a copy of "Walden" at the GSU Library!

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This Day in History: Aug. 10:

1846: The Smithsonian Institution was established in Washington, D.C., from funds left by British scientist James Smithson. 1921: Franklin D. Roosevelt was stricken with polio at his summer home on Campobello island. 1944: U.S. forces seized Guam from Japan. 1948: "Candid Camera" with Allen Funt debuted on television. 1988: President Reagan signed a bill that awarded $20,000 to each survivor of the Japanese-American internment.-- from Infoplease websites

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): U.S. President Herbert Hoover, 1874; Singer Al Alberts of The Four Aces, 1922; Singer-turned-sausage-king Jimmy Dean, 1928; Singer Eddie Fisher, 1928; Singer Ronnie Bennett Greenfield (Ronnie Spector) of The Ronettes, 1943; Singer-flutist Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, 1947; Actress Rosanna Arquette, 1959; Actor Antonio Banderas, 1960; Singer Aaron Hall, 1964; Singer Lorraine Pearson of Five Star, 1967; Actress Angie Harmon ("Law and Order"),1972; Country singer Jennifer Hanson, 1973; Singer Nikki Bratcher of Divine, 1980; Actor Ryan Eggold ("90210"), 1984; Actor Lucas Till ("Hannah Montana"), 1990. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Aug. 9:

1854: Henry David Thoreau's Walden, recounting his experiment in solitary life on the shores of Walden Pond, was published. 1936: Jesse Owens became the first American to win four gold medals in one Olympics. 1945: The United States exploded a nuclear bomb over Nagasaki, Japan, killing an estimated 74,000 people. 1965: Singapore proclaimed its independence from Malaysia. 1974: Vice president Gerald Ford was sworn in as president following Nixon's resignation. 1995: Jerry Garcia, lead singer and guitarist of the Grateful Dead, died. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Writer and naturalist Izaak Walton, 1593; Psychologist Jean Piaget, 1896; Comedian-director David Steinberg, 1942; Actor Sam Elliott, 1944; Actress Melanie Griffith, 1957; Actress Amanda Bearse ("Married...With Children"), 1958; Rapper Kurtis Blow, 1959; Singer Whitney Houston, 1963; "Today" co-host Hoda Kotb, 1964; Actress Gillian Anderson ("The X-Files"), 1968; Actor Eric Bana ("Star Trek," "The Hulk"), 1968; "Good Morning America" co-anchor Chris Cuomo, 1970; Bassist Arion Salazar of Third Eye Blind, 1970; Rapper Mack 10, 1971; Latin singer Juanes, 1972; Actress Anna Kendrick ("Twilight"), 1985. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Aug. 8:

1588: English forces attacked the Spanish Armada, permanently crippling Spain's "invincible" fleet. 1786: Dr. Michael-Gabriel Paccard and Jacques Balmat became the first to climb Mont Blanc. 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine. 1900: The first Davis Cup tennis tournament began at the Longwood Cricket Club in Brookline, Mass. 1963: In "The Great Train Robbery," some 15 thieves robbed the Glasgow-to-London mail train, making off with more than $6 million in cash. 1969: Sharon Tate, wife of director Roman Polanski, and four others were murdered by members of Charles Manson's "family." 1974: President Nixon announced he would resign the following day as a result of the Watergate scandal. -- from Infoplease website.

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, 1879; Aug. 8: Producer Dino DeLaurentiis, 1919; Actress Esther Williams, 1921; Country singer Mel Tillis, 1932; Actor Dustin Hoffman, 1937; Actress Connie Stevens, 1938; Country singer Phil Balsley of The Statler Brothers, 1939; Actor Keith Carradine, 1949; Actor Donny Most ("Happy Days"), 1953; News anchor Deborah Norville, 1958; Guitarist The Edge of U2, 1961; Drummer Rikki Rockett of Poison, 1961; Rapper Kool Moe Dee, 1962; Singer Scott Stapp of Creed, 1973; Country singer Mark Wills, 1973; Singer J.C. Chasez of 'N Sync, 1976; Singer Drew Lachey of 98 Degrees, 1976; Singer Marsha Ambrosius of Floetry, 1977; Actress Countess Vaughn ("The Parkers," "Moesha"), 1978; Actor Michael Urie ("Ugly Betty"), 1980. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Aug. 7:

1789: Congress established the U.S. War Department. 1947: The wooden raft Kon-Tiki, which carried Thor Heyerdahl and five companions more than 4,000 miles, crashed into a reef in the Pacific. 1959: The United States launched Explorer 6, which sent back a picture of Earth. 1964: Congress passed the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, which expanded President Johnson's use of military powers in the Vietnam War. 1987: Lynne Cox becomes the first person to swim from the United States to the Soviet Union, making the 2.7 mile trip through the frigid waters of the Bering Strait. 1998: U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed, by terrorists. Some 224 were killed and more than 5,500 injured. 2000: Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Conn., was selected by Al Gore to be the first Jewish vice-presidential candidate on a major party ticket. 2007: Barry Bonds passes Hank Aaron on baseball’s all-time home run list. The record, however, is discredited by many because of Bond’s alleged steroid use. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Spy Mata Hari, 1876; Anthropologist Louis Leakey, 1903; Singer Herb Reed of The Platters, 1928; Bluesman Magic Slim, 1937; Humorist Garrison Keillor, 1941; Singer B.J. Thomas, 1942; Actor John Glover, 1944; Singer Harold Hudson of The Commodores, 1949; Actor Wayne Knight ("Seinfeld"), 1955; Singer Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, 1958; Actor David Duchovny ("The X-Files"), 1960; Actor Harold Perrineau ("Lost," "Oz"), 1963; Country singer Raul Malo of The Mavericks, 1965; Actress Charlize Theron, 1975. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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August 05, 2009

A history quiz....

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial, including the Genbaku Dome which remained standing after the atomic blast, is included on the World Heritage List. What is the total number of sites on the list?

a. 3
b. 410
c. 2000
d. 890

And the answer is... d. From its website: "The World Heritage List includes 890 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value." For a complete list, please go to http://http://whc.unesco.org/en/list. The GSU Library also offers many books about Hiroshima, the atomic bomb and World War II. Look for them under the "Subject" listing in the Library Catalog.

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August 04, 2009

This Day in History: Aug. 6:

1806: The Holy Roman Empire ended with the abdication of Emperor Francis II. 1825: Bolivia declared its independence from Peru. 1926: Gertrude Ederle became the first U.S. woman to swim across the English Channel. 1945: The first atomic bomb used in warfare was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. 1962: Jamaica gained its independence within the Britain Commonwealth. 1965: President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which outlawed the poll taxes and literacy tests that had restricted black voter registration in the South. 1997: British prime minister Tony Blair and Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams meet — the first time in 76 years that a British leader and an IRA ally meet. 2003: Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his candidacy to replace Gray Davis as governor of California to Jay Leno on the Tonight Show. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Poet Alfred Tennyson, 1809; Actress Lucille Ball, 1911; Actor Robert Mitchum, 1917; Artist Andy Warhol, 1928; Actress Catherine Hicks ("Seventh Heaven"), 1951; Singer Randy DeBarge of DeBarge, 1958; Actor Leland Orser ("ER"), 1960; Country singers Peggy and Patsy Lynn of The Lynns, 1964; Actor Jeremy Ratchford ("Cold Case"), 1965; Country singer Lisa Stewart, 1968; Merrin Dungey ("Summerland," "Alias"), 1971; Singer Geri Halliwell of the Spice Girls, 1972; Actor Jason O'Mara ("Life on Mars"), 1972; Actress Soleil Moon Frye ("Sabrina The Teenage Witch," "Punky Brewster"), 1976; Singer Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes, 1981; Bassist Eric Roberts of Gym Class Heroes, 1984. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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A bit of a history quiz....

Who was the French sculptor of the Statue of Liberty, the cornerstone of which was laid Aug. 5, 1884?

a. Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi
b. Jacques Clouseau
c. Jean-Luc Picard
d. Pepe Le Pew

And the answer is ... a. He worked with Gustave Eiffel (yep, the Eiffel Tower guy) to create the monument of welcome and freedom. The other guys are all fiction: Clouseau is the Pink Panther, Picard is the captain in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and Le Pew is the romantic cartoon skunk. Back to the statue... Want to read more? The GSU Library offers many books on the subject. Just put "Statue of Liberty" under the "Subject" heading in the library catalog, or for a quick look, call it up under the Credo Reference database.

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This Day in History: Aug. 5:

1861: For the first time, the U.S. government levied an income tax.
1884: The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid on Bedloe's Island. 1914; The first electric traffic lights were installed in Cleveland, Ohio. 1962: Marilyn Monroe died. 1963: The United States, Britain, and the Soviet Union signed the limited Test Ban Treaty, which prohibited nuclear weapon tests in the atmosphere, in outer space, and underwater. 1969: The U.S. space probe Mariner 7 transmitted pictures of Mars. 1984: Joan Benoit won the first Olympic women's marathon. 2002: The gun turret of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor was raised from the ocean floor. 2003: The Rev. Gene Robinson was approved as the first openly gay bishop by the U.S. Episcopal Church. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Author Guy de Maupassant, 1850; Author Conrad Aiken, 1889; Filmmaker John Huston, 1906; Astronaut Neil Armstrong, 1930; Actress Cammie King (Bonnie Blue Butler in "Gone With The Wind"), 1932; Bassist Rick Huxley of The Dave Clark Five, 1940; Actress Loni Anderson, 1945; Actress Erica Slezak ("One Life To Live"), 1946; Singer Rick Derringer, 1947; Singer Samantha Sang, 1953; Actress Maureen McCormick ("The Brady Bunch"), 1956; Guitarist Pat Smear (Foo Fighters), 1959; Country fiddler Mark O'Connor, 1961; Rapper Adam Yauch (MCA) of the Beastie Boys, 1964; Country singer Terri Clark, 1968. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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August 03, 2009

A bit of presidential trivia:

According to President Barack Obama's Facebook site, which one of these books is NOT listed as one of his favorites?

a. "Song of Solomon" by Toni Morrison
b. "Moby Dick" by Herman Melville
c. "The Holy Bible"
d. "Emma" by Jane Austen

And the answer is ... d. The GSU Library has all of these books (including "Emma"), although some may be checked out. So, read what the President reads and help celebrate his birthday Aug. 4! Also, you can visit the President's Facebook site at http://www.facebook.com/barackobama#/barackobama?v=info&viewas=0.

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This Day in History: Aug. 4:

1735: Printer John Peter Zenger, defended by Andrew Hamilton, was acquitted of libel in a case that helped foster freedom of the press. 1884: Thomas Stevens became the first person to bicycle across the United States. He later bicycled around the world. 1892:
Lizzie Borden's father and stepmother were killed with an axe in Fall River, Mass. 1914: Germany invaded Belgium and, in response, Britain declared war on Germany. 1916: Denmark ceded the Danish West Indies, including the Danish Virgin Islands, to the United States for $25 million. 1944: Anne Frank and her family were found hiding in Amsterdam by Nazis. 1964: The bodies of three civil-rights workers were found in an earthen dam, six weeks into a federal investigation backed by President Johnson. 1977: President Carter signed a congressional act that established the Department of Energy.-- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Poet Percy Shelley, 1792; Jazz legend Louis Armstrong, 1901; Actor-comedian Richard Belzer ("Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,"), 1944; Actor Billy Bob Thornton, 1955; U.S. President Barack Obama, 1961; Baseball player Roger Clemens, 1962; Actor Daniel Dae Kim ("Lost"), 1968; Rapper Yo-Yo ("Miss Rap Supreme"), 1971; Singer-actor Marques Houston of Immature, 1981. -- From Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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