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September 30, 2009

This Day in History: Oct. 1:

1800: Spain ceded Louisiana to France in the secret Treaty of San Ildefonso. 1908: Henry Ford introduced the first mass-produced automobile on the market—the Model T car to the market. Each car cost $825. 1936: General Francisco Franco became head of the insurgent Spanish government. 1961: Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hit his 61st home run of the season, breaking Babe Ruth's record of 60 set in 1927. 1971: Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, Fla. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Aircraft manufacturer William Edward Boeing, 1881; Actor Walter Matthau, 1920; U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist, 1924; Actor Tom Bosley, 1927; Actress-singer Julie Andrews, 1935; Actress Stella Stevens, 1938; Rock musician Jerry Martini of Sly and the Family Stone, 1943;Actor Randy Quaid, 1950; R&B singer Howard Hewett, 1955; Singer Youssou N'Dour, 1959; Actor Christopher Titus, 1964; Actress-model Cindy Margolis, 1965; Actor Zach Galifianakis, 1969; Singer Keith Duffy, 1974; Actress Jurnee Smollett, 1986; Actress Brie Larson, 1989. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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September 29, 2009

This Day in History: Sept. 30:

1791: Mozart's opera The Magic Flute premiered in Vienna, Austria.
1927: Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run. The record stood until Roger Maris hit 61 in 1961. Mark McGwire beat Maris's record in 1998 by hitting 70 and Barry Bonds topped this in 2001 with 73. 1938: Britain and France surrendered to Germany's demands concerning the Sudetenland, and signed the Munich Pact. 1946: Twenty-two Nazi leaders were found guilty at the Nuremberg trials. 1949: The Berlin Airlift came to an end. 1955: Actor James Dean was killed in a car crash. 1966: Botswana gained its independence from Great Britain. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Novelist Truman Capote, 1924; Actress Angie Dickinson, 1931; Singer Cissy Houston, 1933; Singer Johnny Mathis, 1935; Singer Marilyn McCoo, 1943; Singer Sylvia Peterson of The Chiffons, 1946; Actor John Finn ("Cold Case"), 1952; Country singer Deborah Allen, 1953; Jazz singer Patrice Rushen, 1954; Actor Barry Williams ("The Brady Bunch"), 1954; Actress Fran Drescher, 1957; Country singer Marty Stuart, 1958; Rapper-producer Marley Marl, 1962; Country singer Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry, 1963; Singer Trey Anastasio of Phish, 1964; Bassist Robby Takac of The Goo Goo Dolls, 1964; Actress Monica Bellucci ("The Passion of the Christ," "The Matrix Reloaded"), 1964; Actress Jenna Elfman ("Dharma and Greg"), 1971; Rapper T-Pain, 1984. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites


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September 28, 2009

This Day in History: Sept. 29:

1399: King Richard II became the first English monarch to abdicate his throne. 1829: Sir Robert Peel's police force, the "bobbies," began operations at Scotland Yard. 1895: French chemist Louis Pasteur died. 1978: John Paul I died one month after becoming pope.
1982: Seven people died after taking Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules laced with cyanide. This led to the use of safety seals on most consumer products. 1988: The space shuttle Discovery was launched, the first American staffed space flight since the Challenger disaster. 2001: Former South Vietnam president Nguyen Van Thieu died.-- from Infoplease

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Novelist Miguel de Cervantes, 1547; Admiral Horatio Nelson Nelson, 1758; Physicist Enrico Fermi, 1901; Actress Greer Garson, 1904, Singer Gene Autry, 1907; Rock musician Jerry Lee Lewis, 1935; Polish labor leader Lech Walesa, 1943; Guitarist Mike Pinera of Iron Butterfly, 1948; Singer-guitarist Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad, 1948; TV personality Bryant Gumbel, 1948; Country singer Alvin Crow, 1950; Actor Drake Hogestyn ("Days of Our Lives"), 1953; PBS newswoman Gwen Ifill, 1955; Child actor Ken Weatherwax (Pugsley on "The Addams Family"), 1955; Comedian Andrew "Dice" Clay, 1957; Singer-bassist Les Claypool of Primus, 1963; Actress Jill Whelan ("Love Boat"), 1966; Bassist Brad Smith of Blind Melon, 1968; Singer Devante Swing of Jodeci, 1969; Guitarist Josh Farro of Paramore, 1987. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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September 25, 2009

A bit of a library trivia quiz:

What is a peer-reviewed article?

a. It's a place where articles dock
b. "The" in usage
c. An article that is reviewed by experts in the area before it is published
d. I don't know, but it's something my professor wants me to use

And the answer is: c (but sometimes d!) A peer-reviewed article is passed through a panel of experts who evaluate it before it is published in a scholarly journal. You can be sure you're using the correct type of article by checking the "Peer-reviewed" or "Scholarly Journals" box in the database you're using before you hit "search." If you have any doubts, you can check to see if the journal is peer-reviewed in Ulrich's Periodicals Directory in the library's databases.

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Get it Write!

If you enjoy writing, join in the fun. The GSU Writers Ink group will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, in the Library Administrative Conference Room (D2417).

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This Day in History: Sept. 28:

1542: Portuguese explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo arrived at present-day San Diego. 1781: The closing campaign of the American Revolution at Yorktown Heights, Va. began. 1920: Eight Chicago White Sox players were indicted for fixing the 1919 World Series in the "Black Sox scandal." 1924: Two U.S. Army planes landed in Seattle after completing the first round-the-world-flight in 175 days. 1939: A German-Soviet agreement divided Poland between Nazi Germany and the USSR. 1967: Walter Washington became the first mayor of the District of Columbia. 1972: Japan and Communist China agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations. 1989: Former Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos died in exile in Hawaii. 1991: Jazz great Miles Davis died. 2003: Althea Gibson, the first African-American tennis player to win at Wimbledon, died. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Television host Ed Sullivan, 1901; Cartoonist Al Capp, 1909; Actor Marcello Mastroianni, 1924; Actress Brigitte Bardot, 1934; Singer Ben E. King, 1938; Actress-comedian Janeane Garofalo, 1964; Country singer Matt King, 1966; Actress Mira Sorvino, 1967; TV personality Moon Zappa, 1967; Actress Naomi Watts, 1968; Rapper Young Jeezy, 1977; Actor Peter Cambor ("NCIS: Los Angeles"), 1978; TV personality Bam Margera ("Jackass"), 1979; Actress Hilary Duff, 1987. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Sept. 27:

1540: Pope Paul III approved the charter for the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), founded by St. Ignatius Loyola. 1939: Warsaw, Poland, was surrendered to the Nazis after weeks of resistance. 1959: Typhoon Vera battered the Japanese island of Honshu, killing almost 5,000 people. 1964: The Warren Commission report concluded that there was no conspiracy in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy; Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. 1998: Mark McGwire hit his record-setting 69th and 70th home runs in the last game of the regular season. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Prince Cosimo de' Medici, 1389; American Revolution political leader Samuel Adams, 1772; Caricaturist Thomas Nast, 1840; Actress Sada Thompson, 1929; Actress Kathleen Nolan, 1933; Producer Don Cornelius ("Soul Train"), 1936; Singer-guitarist Randy Bachman of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, 1944; Singer-actor Meat Loaf, 1947; Actress Liz Torres, 1947; Actor Shaun Cassidy, 1958; Singer-guitarist Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind, 1964; Actor Patrick Muldoon ("Melrose Place"), 1968; Singer Mark Calderon of Color Me Badd, 1970; Actress Gwyneth Paltrow, 1972; Singer Brad Arnold of 3 Doors Down, 1978; Bassist Grant Brandell of Underoath, 1981; Rapper Lil' Wayne, 1982; Singer Avril Lavigne, 1984. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Sept. 26:

1789: Thomas Jefferson was appointed America's first Secretary of State. 1820: Frontiersman, Daniel Boone, died in Missouri. 1914: The Federal Trade Commission was established. 1950: United Nations troops recaptured Seoul, the capital of South Korea, from the North Koreans. 1960: Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy took part in the first televised presidential debate. 1986: William H. Rehnquist was sworn as the 16th chief justice of the Supreme Court. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Pioneer John "Johnny Appleseed" Chapman, 1774; Psychologist Ivan Pavlov, 1849: Poet T. S. Eliot, 1888; Composer George Gershwin, 1898; Actress Donna Douglas ("The Beverly Hillbillies"), 1932; Country singer David Frizzell, 1941; Actor Kent McCord ("Adam 12"), 1942; "The Weakest Link" host Anne Robinson, 1945; Singer Bryan Ferry, 1945; Country singer Lynn Anderson, 1947; Actress Mary Beth Hurt, 1948; Singer Olivia Newton-John, 1948; Singer-guitarist Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos, 1954; Country singer Carlene Carter, 1955; Actress Linda Hamilton, 1956; Country singer Doug Supernaw, 1960; Singer Cindy Herron of En Vogue, 1961; Actress Melissa Sue Anderson ("Little House on the Prairie"), 1962; Singer Tracy Thorn of Everything But the Girl, 1962; Actor Jim Caviezel ("The Passion of the Christ"), 1968; Singer Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men, 1972; Singer Christina Milian, 1981; Tennis player Serena Williams, 1981. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites


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September 24, 2009

This Day in History, Sept. 25:

1775: Ethan Allen was captured by the British. 1789: The first Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. The first ten became the Bill of Rights.
1890: Wilford Woodruff, president of the Mormon church, renounced the practice of polygamy. This paved the way for Utah's acceptance as a state in 1896. 1957: Nine black teenagers, now known as the Little Rock Nine, challenged racial segregation by attending the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. 1981: Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first female justice on the Supreme Court. 2003: It was reported that more than 14,000 had lost their lives in France in a summer heat wave. -- From Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Novelist William Faulkner,
1897: Newswoman Barbara Walters, 1929; Actor Michael Douglas, 1944; Model Cheryl Tiegs, 1947; Actor Anson Williams ("Happy Days"), 1949; Actor Mark Hamill, 1951; Polka band leader Jimmy Sturr, 1951; Actor Michael Madsen, 1958; Actress Heather Locklear, 1961; Actress Aida Turturro ("The Sopranos"), 1962; Actor Tate Donovan ("The O.C."), 1963; Actor-singer Will Smith, 1968; Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones. 1969; Rapper T.I., 1980; Actor Lee Norris ("One Tree Hill"), 1981; Singer Diana Ortiz of Dream, 1985; Actress Emmy Clarke ("Monk"), 1991. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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September 23, 2009

This Day in History: Sept. 24:

1789: Congress passed the First Judiciary Act which provided for a U.S. attorney general and the Supreme Court. 1957: The Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets Field. 1960: The Enterprise, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was launched. 1991: Children's author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, died at age 87. 1996: The United States and the world's other major nuclear powers signed a treaty to end all testing and development of nuclear weapons. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): U.S. Chief Justice John Marshall, 1755; Author F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1896; Puppeteer Jim Henson, 1936; Singer Sonny Turner of The Platters, 1939; Singer Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers, 1942; Actor Gordon Clapp ("NYPD Blue"), 1948; Actor Kevin Sorbo ("Hercules: Legendary Journeys"),1958; Singer Cedric Dent of Take 6, 1962; Singer-guitarist Marty Cintron of No Mercy, 1971; Guitarist Juan DeVevo of Casting Crowns, 1975; Actor Kyle Sullivan ("Malcolm in the Middle"), 1988. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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September 22, 2009

Library trivia quiz:

You're working on a paper and you need a dictionary, fast. You're not near a physical dictionary. Where's a good place find the definition and spelling you need?

a. On the paper of the classmate working next to you
b. In the GSU databases under "Oxford English Dictionary"
c. You'll just guess and hope you can figure it out
d. How can I look it up if I can't spell it?

And the answer is ... b. The GSU database offers the Oxford English Dictionary, which is really handy if you're working online. Just go to "Journals and Databases A to Z" on the Library Home Page, go to "O" and click on to Oxford English Dictionary. As it says, "Please note: Click on "Enter OED online" to gain access to this database."

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Today in History: Sept. 23:

1779: John Paul Jones declared "I have not yet begun to fight!" aboard the American warship Bonhomme Richard in the battle against the British man-of-war Serapis. 1806: After a three-year journey to the Pacific Northwest, the Lewis and Clark expedition returned. 1846: German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discovered the planet Neptune. 1939: Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, died in London. 1952: Vice presidential candidate Richard Nixon delivered his "Checkers speech" rebutting charges of improper campaign financing. 1973: Former Argentine president Juan Perón returned to power.-- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Greek tragic dramatist Euripides, 480 or 485—406 B.C.; Roman emperor Augustus, 63 B.C.; Educator William Holmes McGuffey, 1800; Editor Walter Lippmann, 1889; Actor Mickey Rooney, 1920; Singer Julio Iglesias, 1943; Actor Paul Petersen ("The Donna Reed Show"), 1945; Actress-singer Mary Kay Place, 1947; Singer Bruce Springsteen, 1949; Drummer Leon Taylor of The Ventures, 1955; Actor Jason Alexander ("Seinfeld"), 1959; Actor Chi McBride ("Pushing Daisies," "Boston Public"), 1961; Actress Elizabeth Pena, 1961; Steel guitarist Don Herron of BR549, 1962; Singer Ani DiFranco, 1970; Rapper-producer-record head Jermaine Dupri, 1972; Singer Erik-Michael Estrada of O-Town, 1979. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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Goodbye summer!

Today, Sept. 22, is the first official day of Fall!

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September 21, 2009

This Day in History: Sept. 22:

1776: Nathan Hale was hanged by the British as a spy during the Revolutionary War. 1789: Congress authorized the office of Postmaster-General. 1792: The French Republic was proclaimed. 1862:
President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, proposing to free all slaves of rebel states as of Jan. 1, 1863. 1980: The Persian Gulf conflict between Iran and Iraq erupted into full-scale war. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Baseball manager Tommy Lasorda, 1927; Singer David Coverdale of Whitesnake, Deep Purple, 1951; Actress Shari Belafonte, 1954; Singer Debby Boone, 1956; Singer Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde, 1957; Singer Joan Jett, 1958; Opera singer Andrea Bocelli, 1958; Actress Catherine Oxenberg, 1961; Actor Scott Baio, 1961; Singer Big Rube of Society of Soul, 1971; Actor Tom Felton ("Harry Potter" films), 1987. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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September 19, 2009

This Day in History: Sept. 21::

1792: The French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy.
1897: The New York Sun published its famous editorial, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus." 1937: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein was first published. 1938: A hurricane struck New York and New England with extensive damage and more than 600 deaths. 1949: The People's Republic of China was proclaimed. 1964: Malta gained its independence from Great Britain. 1981: Belize gained its independence from Great Britain. 1996: John F. Kennedy, Jr., married Carolyn Bessette. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Actor Larry Hagman, 1931; Author-comedian Fanny Flagg, 1944; Author Stephen King, 1947; Guitarist Don Felder of The Eagles, 1947; Actor Bill Murray, 1950; Writer-producer Ethan Coen, 1957; Actor-comedian Dave Coulier ("Full House"), 1959; Actor David James Elliott ("JAG"), 1960; Actress Nancy Travis ("Becker," "Almost Perfect"), 1961; Actor Rob Morrow ("Numb3rs," "Northern Exposure"), 1962; Actress Cheryl Hines ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), 1965; Country singer Faith Hill, 1967; Drummer Tyler Stewart of Barenaked Ladies, 1967; Actress-talk-show host Ricki Lake, 1968; Rapper Dave (formerly Trugoy the Dove) of De La Soul, 1968; Actor Alfonso Ribeiro ("The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "In the House"), 1971; Actor Luke Wilson, 1971; Actor Paulo Costanzo ("Joey"), 1978; TV personality Nicole Richie ("The Simple Life"), 1981; Actress Maggie Grace ("Lost"), 1983; Actor Joseph Mazzello ("Simon Birch"), 1983; Actors Nikolas and Lorenzo Brino ("7th Heaven"), 1998. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Sept. 20:

1870: Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of modern Italy, seized the Papal States from the French. 1881: Chester A. Arthur was sworn in as the 21st president of the United States, succeeding James A. Garfield, who had been assassinated. 1973: Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in a battle of the sexes tennis match. 1998: Baltimore Oriole shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr., sat out a game, ending his consecutive game playing streak. Ripken played 2,632 consecutive games over 16 seasons. 2000: Independent Counsel Robert Ray announced the end of the Whitewater investigation, saying there was insufficient evidence to charge President Clinton and his wife, Hillary. 2001: President George W. Bush addressed the nation and a joint session of Congress about terrorism. He also named Tom Ridge as head of the new Office of Homeland Security. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Novelist Upton Sinclair, 1878; Actress-comedian Anne Meara, 1929; Actress Sophia Loren, 1934; Bassist Chuck Panozzo of Styx, 1947; Jazz guitarist Peter White, 1954; Actor Gary Cole, 1956; Actress Kristen Johnston ("3rd Rock From the Sun"), 1967; Singers Gunnar and Matthew Nelson of Nelson, 1967; Bassist Ben Shepherd of Soundgarden, 1968; Drummer Rick Woolstenhulme of Lifehouse, 1979; Rapper Yung Joc, 1982. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Sept. 19:

1881: President James Garfield died of a gunshot wound inflicted by a disappointed office seeker the previous July 2. 1934: Bruno Hauptmann was arrested for the Lindbergh baby kidnap-murder. 1955:
President Juan Peron of Argentina was deposed and exiled after a military coup. 1957: The United States conducted its first underground nuclear test in the Nevada desert. 1962: Gov. Ross Barnett blocked James Meredith from enrolling in the University of Mississippi. 1985: The Mexico City area was struck by the first of two devastating earthquakes that claimed thousands of lives. The second earthquake hit 36 hours later. 1994: U.S. troops entered Haiti to enforce the return of exiled president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. 2001: The Pentagon ordered combat aircraft to the Persian Gulf following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): English author Sir William Golding, 1911; Actor Adam West (“Batman“), 1930; Actor David McCallum, 1933; Singer Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers, 1940; Singer-songwriter Paul Williams, 1940; Singer Freda Payne, 1945; Actor Jeremy Irons, 1948; Actress-model Twiggy Lawson, 1949; TV personality Joan Lunden, 1950; Guitarist-producer Nile Rodgers of Chic, 1952; Singer-actor Rex Smith, 1955; Actress Carolyn McCormick (“Law and Order: Special Victims Unit“), 1959; Country singer Jeff Bates, 1963; Country singer Trisha Yearwood, 1964; Comedian Cheri Oteri (“Saturday Night Live“), 1965; News anchor Soledad O’Brien, 1966; Singer Esperonza Griffin of Society of Soul, 1969; Singer A. Jay Popoff of Lit, 1973; Comedian-talk-show host Jimmy Fallon, 1974; Actress/host Alison Sweeney (“Days of Our Lives,” “The Biggest Loser“), 1976; Rapper Eamon, 1983. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Sept. 18:

1759: French Quebec surrendered to the British after the Sept. 13 battle on the Plains of Abraham, the last battle of the French and Indian Wars. French general Montcalm and British general Wolfe died in the fray. 1810: Chile declared its independence from Spain. 1850:
Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which required the return of escaped slaves to their owners. 1851: The first edition of The New York Daily Times, which later became The New York Times, was published. 1947: The National Security Act, which unified the Army, Navy, and Air Force, was passed. 1961: Secretary-General of the UN Dag Hammarskjold was killed in a plane crash in Northern Rhodesia (Zambia). 1970: 27-year-old rock star, Jimi Hendrix, died in London.
1999: Sammy Sosa became the first player in major league baseball history to hit 60 homers in two seasons.-- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Actress Greta Garbo, 1905; )
Actor Robert Blake, 1933; Actor Fred Willard, 1939; Singer-actor Frankie Avalon, 1940; Actor James Gandolfini (“The Sopranos“), 1961; Actress Holly Robinson Peete (“Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper“), 1964; Singer Ricky Bell of Bell Biv Devoe, New Edition, 1967; Actor James Marsden (“The Notebook,” “Ally McBeal“), 1973; Rapper Xzibit, 1974; Actors Taylor and Brandon Porter (“Party of Five“), 1993. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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September 16, 2009

A bit of a library quiz:

Where in the GSU Library do you pick up items put on reserve by your professor?

a. In the stacks, and you take your chances that it's still there
b. At the Reference Desk
c. In another dimension
d. At the Circulation Desk

And the answer is...d. BUT FIRST, you need to go to the library home page, click on "Library Catalog," click on "Course Reserves," use the drop-down menu to find either your professor, your department, your course, or all three, and find the call number of the item you want. THEN, go to the Circulation Desk and give the number to the staff member who will retrieve the item for you. If you have trouble finding the number, please ask someone at the Reference Desk for help. It's that easy!

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This Day in History: Sept. 17:

1787: The Constitution was completed and signed by a majority of the delegates attending the constitutional convention in Philadelphia.
1862: The bloodiest day in U.S. military history occurred at the Battle of Antietam when more than 23,000 were killed or wounded.
1908: Lt. Thomas Selfridge, a passenger in a plane piloted by Orville Wright, became the first airplane fatality when the craft crashed. 1920: The American Professional Football Association — a precursor of the NFL — was formed in Canton, Ohio. 1980: Anastasio Somoza Debayle, former president of Nicaragua, was assassinated in Paraguay. 1994: Heather Whitestone of Alabama became the first deaf Miss America. 2004: Barry Bonds became the third baseball player to hit 700 career home runs, joining Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Chief Justice Warren Earl Burger, 1907; Country singer Hank Williams, 1923; Actress Anne Bancrof, 1931; Singer LaMonte McLemore of the Fifth Dimension, 1939; Singer Fee Waybill of The Tubes, 1950; Actress Elvira is 1951; Comedian Rita Rudner, 1953; Puppeteer Kevin Clash (Elmo on "Sesame Street"), 1960; Director Baz Luhrmann ("Moulin Rouge"), 1962; Singer BeBe Winans, 1962; Rapper Doug E. Fresh, 1966; Actor Malik Yoba ("New York Undercover"), 1967; Vocalist Keith Flint of Prodigy, 1969; Actor Matthew Settle ("Gossip Girl"), 1969; Rapper Vinnie of Naughty by Nature, 1970; Singer Anastacia, 1973; Singer Marcus Sanders of Hi-Five, 1973; Singer-actress Nona Gaye, 1974; Drummer Chuck Comeau of Simple Plan, 1979; Bassist Jon Walker of Panic at the Disco, 1985. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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September 15, 2009

This Day in History: Sept. 16:

1630: The Massachusetts village of Shawmut changed its name to Boston. 1810: Mexico began its revolt against Spanish rule. 1908: General Motors was founded by William C. Durant. 1919: The American Legion was incorporated by an act of Congress. 1940: The United States first adopted peacetime conscription when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Selective Training and Service Act into law.
1974: President Ford announced conditional amnesty for Vietnam War deserters and draft evaders. 1982: Lebanese Christians massacred hundreds of Palestinian refugees in Beirut. 1987: The Montreal Protocol was signed by 25 nations, limiting production on substances that harm the ozone layer. To date, 168 nations have joined the protocol. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Radio and television producer Allen Funt, 1914; Actress Lauren Bacall, 1924; Blues singer B.B. King, 1925; Actor Peter Falk, 1927; Singer Betty Kelly of Martha and the Vandellas, 1944; Drummer Kenney Jones of Small Faces, Faces and The Who, 1948; Actor Ed Begley Jr., 1949: Singer David Bellamy of the Bellamy Brothers, 1950; Jazz guitarist Earl Klugh, 1953; Singer Frank Reed of The Chi-Lites, 1954; Illusionist David Copperfield, 1956; Actor Mickey Rourke, 1956; Country singer Terry McBride, 1958; Singer Richard Marx, 1963; Comedian Molly Shannon ("Saturday Night Live"), 1964; Singer Marc Anthony, 1968; Comedian Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation," "Saturday Night Live"), 1971; Singer Musiq, 1977; Actress Alexis Bledel ("Gilmore Girls"), 1981; Actress Sabrina Bryan ("The Cheetah Girls"), 1984; Actress Madeline Zima ("The Nanny"), 1985; Actress Kyla Pratt ("Fat Albert," "Dr. Doolittle"), 1986; Singer Teddy Geiger, 1988; Musician Nick Jonas of The Jonas Brothers, 1992. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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September 14, 2009

This Day in History, Sept. 15:

1789: The U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs changed its name to the Department of State. 1821: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador gained independence. 1835: Charles Darwin and the HMS Beagle reached the Galapagos Islands. 1917: Alexander Kerensky proclaimed Russia a republic. 1935: The Nuremberg Laws deprived Jews of their citizenship and made the Swastika the official emblem of Nazi Germany. 1963: A church bombing in Birmingham, AL, killed four young black girls. 2004: The National Hockey League lockout began. The 2004-2005 season would ultimately be canceled. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Novelist James Fenimore Cooper, 1789; U.S. President William Howard Taft, 1857; Writer Agatha Christie, 1890; Actor Jackie Cooper, 1922; Comedian Norm Crosby, 1927; Actor Tommy Lee Jones, 1946; Movie director Oliver Stone, 1946; Quarterback Dan Marino, 1961; DJ Kay Gee of Naughty by Nature, 1969; Actor Josh Charles ("Sports Night"), 1971; Guitarist Zach Filkins of OneRepublic, 1978; Actress Amy Davidson ("8 Simple Rules"), 1979; TV personality Heidi Montag ("The Hills"), 1986.-- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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September 11, 2009

A bit of a library quiz:

Where would find the name and contact information for the GSU librarian who specializes in your area of study?

a. In the library, of course
b. From the "Subject Area Resources" link on the library homepage
c. They have librarians that do that?
d. You'd need to use a special tracking and information device that reads the chips implanted in their molars

And the answer is ... b (but also a, and let's hope not d). Sooner or later, you'll need help locating journal articles, books or information regarding your area of interest. Reference staff members, who are professional librarians and paraprofessional support personnel, always are happy to help. However, sometimes you need to talk to the specialist for more in-depth assistance. So, go to the library home page, click on "Subject Area Resources," click on your area of study, and viola! the name of the librarian in charge of that area will be on the right side (sometimes with a picture). All the contact info is there, too.

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This Day in History, Sept. 14:

1814: Francis Scott Key composed the lyrics to "The Star Spangled Banner." 1901: President McKinley died of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt succeeded him. 1940: Congress passed the Selective Service Act, providing for the first peacetime draft in U.S. history. 1959: The Soviet space probe Luna 2 became the first man-made object to reach the Moon when it crashed onto the lunar surface. 1982: Princess Grace of Monaco died from injuries sustained in a car crash the previous day. 1994: Acting commissioner Bud Selig announced the cancellation of the 1994 baseball season on the 34th day of a strike by players. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthday today (besides yours): Physiologist Ivan Petrovich Pavlov, 1849; Feminist Alice Stone Blackwell, 1857; Illustrator Charles Dana Gibson, 1867; Feminist Margaret Sanger, 1879; Actor Walter Koenig ("Star Trek"), 1936; Singer-actress Joey Heatherton, 1944; Actor Sam Neill, 1947; Singer John "Bowzer" Baumann of Sha Na Na, 1947; Guitarist Ed King of Strawberry Alarm Clock and Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1949; Saxophonist Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, 1955; Actress Mary Crosby, 1959; Singer Morten Harket of A-ha, 1959; Country singer John Berry, 1959; Actress Michelle Stafford ("The Young and the Restless"), 1965; Actor-director Tyler Perry ("Madea's Family Reunion"), 1969; Singer Mark Hall of Casting Crowns, 1969; Actor Ben Garant ("Reno 911!"), 1970; Bassist Craig Montoya of Everclear, 1970; Actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley ("According to Jim"), 1971; Rapper Nas, 1973; Singer Amy Winehouse, 1983; Actor Adam Lamberg ("Lizzie McGuire"), 1984. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History, Sept. 13:

1943: Chiang Kai-Shek became president of China. 1948: Republican Margaret Chase Smith of Maine was elected to the U.S. Senate, becoming the first woman to have served in both houses of Congress.
1971: The four-day revolt at the maximum security prison in Attica, New York, ended when state police and National Guardsmen stormed the facility. Forty-two people died. 1993: Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat shook hands after signing an historic peace agreement. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Surgeon Walter Reed, 1851; Chocolatier Milton Hershey, 1857; Army officer John J. Pershing, 1860; Author Sherwood Anderson, 1876; Actress Claudette Colbert, 1903; Actress Barbara Bain (TV's "Mission: Impossible"), 1931; Actor Richard Kiel, 1939; Singer David Clayton-Thomas of Blood, Sweat and Tears, 1941; Singer Peter Cetera of Chicago, 1944; Actress Jacqueline Bisset, 1944; Actress Jean Smart ("Designing Women"), 1951; Singer Randy Jones of the Village People, 1952; Actress Geri Jewell ("The Facts of Life," "Deadwood"), 1956; Country singer Bobbie Cryner, 1961; Singer-guitarist Dave Mustaine of Megadeth, 1961; Radio and TV personality Tavis Smiley, 1964; Actor Louis Mandylor ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding"), 1966; Drummer Steve Perkins of Porno for Pyros and Jane's Addiction, 1967; Actress Louise Lombard ("CSI"), 1970; Country guitarist Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts, 1975; Singer Fiona Apple, 1977; Guitarist Hector Cervantes of Casting Crowns, 1980. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History, Sept. 12:

1609: Henry Hudson began his exploration of the Hudson River. 1953:
Future President John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier. 1977:
South African black civil rights leader Steven Biko died while in police custody. 1992: Dr. Mae Carol Jemison became the first black woman in space aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Inventor Jordan Gatling, 1818; Author Henry Louis Mencken, 1880; Actor Maurice Chevalier, 1888; Track star Jesse Owens, 1913; Actor Dickie Moore ("Our Gang" films), 1925; Actor Ian Holm ("Lord of the Rings," "Chariots of Fire"), 1931; Country singer George Jones, 1931; Actress Linda Gray, 1940; Singer Maria Muldaur, 1943; Drummer Neil Peart of Rush, 1952; Actor Peter Scolari, 1955; Actress Rachel Ward, 1957; Actor Darren E. Burrows ("Northern Exposure"), 1966; Guitarist Larry LaLonde of Primus, 1968; Actor Paul Walker ("The Fast and the Furious"), 1973; Country singer Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, 1974; Actor Benjamin McKenzie ("The O.C."), 1978; Singer Ruben Studdard, 1978; Singer-actress Jennifer Hudson ("American Idol," "Dreamgirls"), 1981. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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September 10, 2009

A 9/11 quiz:

What is the name of the memorial under construction on the site of the World Trade Center's Twin Towers, destroyed by terrorists on 9/11/01?

a. WTC Memorial
b. 9/11 Memorial
c. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum

And the answer is c. To read more about the memorial, please go to http://www.panynj.gov/wtcprogress/index.html
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This Day in History: Sept. 11:

1789: Alexander Hamilton was appointed the first Secretary of the Treasury. 1936: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dedicated Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam) in Nevada. 1962: The Beatles recorded their first single, "Love Me Do." 1971: Former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev died at age 77. 1997: In Scotland, voters approved the establishment of a parliament to run their domestic affairs, after 290 years of union with England. 2001: Two hijacked commercial jets were crashed by terrorists into the north and south towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, causing the collapse of both towers. A short while later, another plane was crashed into the Pentagon, and fourth into a field near Shanksville, PA. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Writer O. Henry, 1862; Author D.H. Lawrence, 1885; Football coach Paul (Bear) Bryant, 1913; Philippine political leader Ferdinand Marcos, 1917; Football's Tom Landry, 1924; Movie director Brian De Palma, 1940; Singer Jack Ely of The Kingsmen, 1943; Drummer Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, 1943; Guitarist Leo Kottke, 1945; Actress Amy Madigan, 1950; Guitarist Tommy Shaw of Styx, 1953; Actress Roxann Dawson ("Star Trek: Voyager"), 1958; Actor Scott Patterson ("Gilmore Girls"), 1958; Actress Virginia Madsen ("Sideways," "American Dreams"), 1961; Actress Kristy McNichol, 1962; Musician Moby, 1965; Singer Harry Connick Jr., 1967; Actress Laura Wright ("Guiding Light"), 1970; Guitarist Jeremy Popoff of Lit, 1971; Singer Brad Fischetti of LFO, 1975; Rapper Mr. Black, 1977; Guitarist Jon Buckland of Coldplay, 1977; Rapper Ludacris, 1977; Singer Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum, 1981. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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September 09, 2009

A bit of a library trivia quiz...

What should you NEVER leave unattended at the GSU Library:

a. Your boyfriend
b. Your handbag
c. Your children
d. Your Aunt Gracie

And the answer is ... b and c. (a & d are debatable!) Never leave your children or valuables unattended. Although the library is a relatively safe place, it is open to the public and both may be in jeopardy from strangers. Also, children may wander out of the library and not be able to find their way back easily. The building is confusing for adults. Children are the best part of you, so stay close to keep them safe.

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This Day in History, Sept. 10:

1813: Oliver H. Perry sent his famous message, "We have met the enemy, and they are ours," after defeating the British in the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812. 1846: Elias Howe of Massachusetts received a patent for his sewing machine. 1939: Canada declared war on Germany, entering WWII. 1963: Twenty black students entered public schools in Birmingham, Mobile, and Tuskegee, Alabama, after President John F. Kennedy sent National Guardsman to end the standoff with Alabama Governor George Wallace. 1988: Steffi Graf achieved tennis' first Grand Slam since Margaret Court in 1970 by winning the U.S. Open women's final. 2002: Switzerland became the 190th member of the United Nations. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Golfer Arnold Palmer, 1929; Television reporter Charles Kuralt, 1934; Baseball player Roger Maris, 1934; Actor Greg Mullavey ("Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"), 1939; Singer Danny Hutton of Three Dog Night, 1942; Singer Jose Feliciano, 1945; Actress Judy Geeson ("Mad About You"), 1948; Guitarist Joe Perry of Aerosmith, 1950; Actress Amy Irving, 1953; Actor Colin Firth, 1960; Singer-guitarist David Lowery of Cracker, 1960; Drummer Robin Goodridge of Bush, 1965; Rapper Big Daddy Kane, 1968; Director Guy Ritchie, 1968; Bassist Mikey Way of My Chemical Romance, 1980; Guitarist Matthew Followill of Kings of Leon, 1984.

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September 08, 2009

A bit of a history trivia quiz:

Admiral William Bligh, of the famous ship Bounty, was born Sept. 9, 1754. When some members of his crew mutinied, where did they settle?

a. Blue Island
b. Rock Island
c. Pitcairn Island
d. Hawaiian Islands

And the answere is ... c. The mutineers, lead my ship's mate Fletcher Christian, and some Tahitians, settled on Pitcairn Island, and burned the Bounty off its coast. All but one of the mutineers was murdered by their servants, according to the Infoplease website. Their decedents still live on the island, and the remains of the famous ship were found in the 1950s, the website reports.

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This Day in History: Sept.. 9:

1776: The Second Continental Congress changed the name of the nation to the United States of America, from the United Colonies. 1893: President Grover Cleveland's daughter, Esther Cleveland, became the first president's child to be born in the White House. 1926: The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) was created by the Radio Corporation of America. 1948: The People's Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea) was created. 1956: Elvis Presley appeared on television for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show. 1976: Communist Chinese leader Mao Zedong died in Beijing at age 82. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): British Admiral William Bligh, 1754; Actor Cliff Robertson, 1923; Singer Otis Redding, 1941; Singer Dee Dee Sharp, 1945; Singer-keyboardist Doug Ingle of Iron Butterfly, 1946; Country singer Freddy Weller (also of Paul Revere and the Raiders), 1947; Guitarist John McFee of The Doobie Brothers, 1950; Actor Tom Wopat, 1951; Musician-producer Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, 1952; Actress Angela Cartwright ("The Danny Thomas Show," "Lost in Space"), 1952; Actor Hugh Grant, 1960; Actress Constance Marie ("George Lopez"), 1965; Actor-comedian Adam Sandler, 1966; Model Rachel Hunter, 1969; Actor Goran Visnjic ("ER"), 1972. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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September 04, 2009

Just Friends

The Friends of the GSU Library will meet noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, in the Library Administrative Conference Room (D2417). You must be a Friend to attend, but you can join at the meeting. Friends members help raise funds for materials for the GSU Library. Students can join for only $5! So, be a Friend.

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This Day in History, Sept. 8:

1900: A hurricane struck Galveston, Texas, killing about 8,000 people. 1935: Louisiana Sen. Huey P. Long, "The Kingfish," was shot and mortally wounded by Dr. Carl Austin Weiss, Jr. 1951: The San Francisco Peace Treaty was signed, formally ending World War II hostilities with Japan. 1952: Ernest Hemingway's "Old Man and the Sea" was published. 1966: Star Trek premiered on television. 1974: President Gerald Ford gave former President Nixon a full pardon for all federal crimes he may have committed while he was in office. 1998: Mark McGwire's 62nd home run broke Roger Maris's record of 61 homers set in 1961. -- From Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): English King Richard I, 1157; Comedian Sid Caesar, 1922; Actor Peter Sellers, 1925; Country singer Patsy Cline, 1932; Writer Anne Beattie, 1947; Actress Heather Thomas, 1957; Singer Aimee Mann, 1960; Bassist David Steele of Fine Young Cannibals, 1960; Singer Neko Case, 1970; Actor David Arquette, 1971; Actor Henry Thomas ("E.T."), 1971; Actor Martin Freeman (BBC's "The Office," "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", 1971; Drummer Richard Hughes of Keane, 1975; Actor Larenz Tate, 1975; Singer Pink, 1979; Actor Jonathan Taylor Thomas ("Home Improvement"), 1981. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Sept. 7:

First of all, HAPPY LABOR DAY!

1822: Brazil declared its independence from Portugal. 1901: The Boxer Rebellion in China officially ended with the signing of the Peking Protocol (Peace of Beijing). 1940: Nazi Germany began its initial blitz on London during World War II. 1979: The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) made its debut on cable TV. 1986: Desmond Tutu became the first black to lead the Anglican Church in southern Africa. -- From Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): English Queen Elizabeth I, 1533; Painter Grandma Moses, 1860; Novelist Taylor Caldwell, 1900;
Actor Peter Lawford, 1923; Jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins, 1930; Singer Buddy Holly, 1936; Singer Alfa Anderson of Chic, 1946; Singer Gloria Gaynor, 1949; Singer Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, 1951; Actress Julie Kavner ("The Simpsons"), 1951; Keyboardist Benmont Tench of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, 1953; Actor Corbin Bernsen, 1954; Actor Michael Emerson ("Lost"), 1954; Singer Margot Chapman of Starland Vocal Band, 1957; Actor W. Earl Brown ("Deadwood"), 1963; Model Angie Everhart, 1969; Actor Tom Everett Scott ("ER," "That Thing You Do!"), 1970; Actress Shannon Elizabeth ("American Pie"), 1973; Actor Devon Sawa ("Slackers," "Final Destination"), 1978; Actress Evan Rachel Wood ("The Upside of Anger," "Thirteen"), 1987. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Sept. 6:

1901: President William McKinley was shot by anarchist Leon Czolgosz at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y. McKinley died on Sept. 14. 1941; Nazi Germany required all Jews over the age of six to wear a yellow Star of David on their clothes. 1995: Baseball player Cal Ripken, Jr., broke Lou Gehrig's "iron man" record by playing in his 2,131st straight game. 1997: More than 2 billion people watched Princess Diana's funeral on TV. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): French general Marquis de Lafayette, 1757; Educator Catherine Beecher, 1800; Social worker Jane Addams, 1860; Financier Joseph P. Kennedy, 1888; Comedian JoAnne Worley, 1937; Country singer David Allan Coe, 1939; Singer-bassist Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, 1944; Comedian-actress Jane Curtin, 1947; Country drummer Joe Smyth of Sawyer Brown, 1957; Actor-comedian Jeff Foxworthy, 1958; Guitarist Pal Waaktaar of A-ha, 1961; Country singer Mark Chesnutt, 1963; Actress Rosie Perez, 1964; Singer Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries, 1971; Actor Dylan Bruno ("Numb3ers"), 1972; Actress Anika Noni Rose ("Dreamgirls"), 1972; Actor Justin Whalin ("Lois and Clark"), 1974; Singer Nina Persson of The Cardigans, 1974; Actress Naomie Harris ("Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"), 1976; Rapper Noreaga, 1977; Rapper Foxy Brown, 1978. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Sept. 5:

1698: Russia's Peter the Great levied a tax on bearded men. 1774: The first Continental Congress met in Philadelphia. 1836: The Republic of Texas made military hero Sam Houston its first president. 1997: Humanitarian Mother Teresa, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the poor, died in Calcutta, India, at age 87. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): French King Louis XIV, outlaw Jesse James, 1847; Producer Darryl F. Zanuck, 1902; Author
Arthur Koestler, 1905; Comedian-actor Bob Newhart, 1929; Actor William Devane, 1939; Actress Raquel Welch, 1940; Singer Al Stewart, 1945; Actor Michael Keaton, 1951; Actress Debbie Turner-Larson (Marta from "The Sound of Music"), 1956; Singer Terry Ellis of En Vogue, 1963; Drummer Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine and of Audioslave, 1968; TV personality-musician Dweezil Zappa, 1969; Actress Rose McGowan, 1973; Actor Skandar Keynes ("The Chronicles of Narnia"), 1991. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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September 03, 2009

A library etiquette trivia quiz:

What are you NOT supposed to do in the GSU Library:

a. Talk on your cellphone
b. Bring your lunch
c. Bring a beverage to drink by the computers
d. Learn to play the drums

And the answer is... all of the above (a, b, and c officially, and playing the drums probably would not be allowed either). If you get a call, please take it outside so you don't disturb people around you. Also food is not allowed in the library so nothing gets damaged accidentally and to help keep it sanitary (and do you really want to eat a sandwich after touching a book touched by thousands of others? Yuk!). You can have a covered drink in the library at the tables, but not at the computers. If something spills by them, it will damage them. The staff is not being mean, they just want to protect materials so everyone can use them!

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This Day in History: Sept. 4:

1781: The city of Los Angeles was founded by Spanish settlers. 1888: George Eastman patented his roll-film camera and registered the Kodak trademark. 1951: President Harry S Truman inaugurated transcontinental television service in the U.S. when AT&T carried his address to the opening session of the Japanese Peace Convention in San Francisco. 1957: Nine black students attempted to enter Little Rock's Central High School but were blocked by the National Guard. Arkansas governor Orval Faubus had summoned the federal troops. 1972: U.S. swimmer Mark Spitz won a record seventh gold medals at the Munich Summer Olympics. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Author Richard Wright, 1908;
Actress Mitzi Gaynor, 1931; Singer Merald "Bubba" Knight of Gladys Knight and the Pips, 1942; Bassist Ronald LaPread of The Commodores, 1950; Actress Khandi Alexander ("ER," "NewsRadio"), 1957; Actor-comedian Damon Wayans, 1960; Guitarist Kim Thayil of Soundgarden, 1960; Singer Richard Wingo of Jagged Edge, 1975; Singer Dan Miller of O-Town, 1980; Singer Beyonce Knowles, 1981. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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September 02, 2009

A bit of a library trivia quiz:

Where are the journals located at the GSU Library?

a. Online
b. Northwest corner of the library
c. Journals?
d. In the Zen Room

And the answer is... a and b. Patrons of the GSU Library have access to many full-text journals online, but don't forget the library has many in print as well (or, on microform). The journals live in the northwest corner of the library (by the government documents). If a student needs a particular article from a particular journal that is not in the library's collection, he or she may request the article through interlibrary loan.

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This Day in History: Sept. 3:

1189: Richard I (the Lion-Hearted) was crowned king of England at Westminster Abbey. 1658: Oliver Cromwell, the lord protector of England, died. 1783: The Treaty of Paris officially ended the Revolutionary War between the United States and Great Britain. 1939: Great Britain and France declared war on Germany during World War II. 1967: Nguyen Van Thieu was elected president of South Vietnam. 1974: Frank Robinson was named the first African-American manager in major league baseball. 1976: The unmanned U.S. spacecraft Viking II landed on Mars and took the first pictures of the planet's surface. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Architect Louis Sullivan, 1856; Actress Helen Wagner ("As The World Turns"), 1918; "Beetle Bailey" creator Mort Walker, 1923; Actress Eileen Brennan, 1932; Singer-guitarist Al Jardine of the Beach Boys, 1942; Actress Valerie Perrine, 1943; Drummer Donald Brewer of Grand Funk Railroad, 1948; Guitarist Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, 1955; Actor Steve Schirripa ("The Sopranos"), 1957; Actor Charlie Sheen, 1965; Singer Jennifer Paige, 1973; Actor Nick Wechsler ("Roswell"), 1978. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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September 01, 2009

A bit of a library quiz:

What should you do if you if you are trying to locate a book at the GSU Library?

a. Go to the online catalog and get the call number
b. Ask a friend to help you search the main stacks
c. Use a meditative trance to help you visualize its location
d. Ask the Reference Desk staff for help

And the answer is ... a and d. You can find any book by title, author (last name first) or subject (among other methods) through the library's online catalog. Just go to the library's home page and click the "catalog" link, put in the information you have, and hopefully the library has the book. If the library doesn't have the book (and it's NOT a textbook), you can have it brought here via interlibrary loan. You can use the "request" link through I-Share, or use the online request form. And best of all, you can do your searching from home, if you'd like. If you have any problems at all using the system, please stop at the Reference Desk, where staff members will be happy to help! Remember, we all have to start somewhere, so don't hesitate to ask.

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This Day in History: Sept. 2:

1666: The great fire of London broke out, destroying much of the city, including St. Paul's Cathedral. 1789: The U.S. Treasury Department was established. 1901: Vice President Theodore Roosevelt gave his "speak softly and carry a big stick" speech, regarding foreign policy, at the Minnesota State Fair. 1945: Japan's formal surrender in World War II was celebrated as Victory over Japan (V-J) Day. 1945: Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam an independent republic. 1963: Alabama governor George Wallace prevented the racial integration of Tuskegee High School by encircling the building with state troopers. 1969: North Vietnamese president Chi Minh died. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Liliuokalani, last reigning queen of the Hawaiian Islands, 1838; Actor Meinhardt Raabe (Munchkin coroner in "The Wizard of Oz"), 1915; Singer Rosalind Ashford of Martha and the Vandellas, 1943; Sportscaster Terry Bradshaw, 1948; First teacher in space Christa McAuliffe, 1948; Actor Mark Harmon, 1951; Drummer Paul Deakin of The Mavericks, 1959; Actor Keanu Reeves, 1964; Actress Salma Hayek, 1966; Actress Cynthia Watros ("Lost," "Titus"), 1968; Singer K-Ci of K-Ci and JoJo, 1969; Actor Katt Williams ("Norbit"), 1973; Bassist Sam Rivers of Limp Bizkit, 1977; Drummer Spencer Smith of Panic at the Disco, 1987. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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