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October 30, 2009

All write!

If you enjoy turning a good phrase, join in the fun with the GSU Writers Ink group from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in C2417 (Library Administrative Conference Room).

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Upcoming Library Workshops!

The GSU Library offers many free workshops for students throughout the fall. Check out Introduction to APA Style Citations from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in Room D2401C, and Basic PowerPoint from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. D2401B. You can register online or in person at the Library’s Reference Desk. Walk-ins also are welcome.

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This Day in History: Nov. 2:

1889: North Dakota and South Dakota became the 39th and 40th states, respectively. 1947: Howard Hughes flew the Spruce Goose on its first and only flight. 1948: Harry S Truman defeated Thomas E. Dewey to the surprise of pollsters and newspapers, in the greatest presidential upset in history. 1959: Twenty-One game show contestant Charles Van Doren admitted that he had been given questions and answers in advance. 1976: Jimmy Carter defeated Gerald Ford, becoming the first U.S. president from the deep South since the Civil War. 1984: Velma Margie Barfield, a convicted murderer, became the first woman to be executed since capital punishment was reinstated in 1976. 2003: V. Gene Robinson was consecrated as bishop by the U.S. Episcopal Church, becoming the first openly gay bishop in the church. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Frontiersman Daniel Boone, 1734; French queen Marie Antoinette, 1755; U.S. President James Polk, 1795; U.S. President Warren G. Harding, 1865; Actor Burt Lancaster, 1913; Singer Earl "Speedo" Carroll of The Cadillacs and The Coasters, 1937; Singer Jay Black of Jay and the Americans, 1938; Actress Stefanie Powers, 1942; Keyboardist Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, 1944; Drummer Carter Beauford of the Dave Matthews Band, 1957; Singer k.d. lang, 1961; Bassist Bobby Dall of Poison, 1963; Actor David Schwimmer ("Friends"), 1966; Singer Alvin Chea of Take 6, 1967; Bassist Fieldy of Korn, 1969; Rapper Nelly, 1974; Rapper Prodigy of Mobb Deep, 1974; Guitarist Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie, 1975. -- From Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Nov. 1:

1512: Michelangelo's paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel were shown to the public for the first time. 1755: Earthquake, fires, and tsunami leveled Lisbon and claimed 70,000 lives. 1765:
The Stamp Act, the first direct tax on the American colonies, went into effect. 1870: The U.S. Weather Bureau made its first meteorological observations. 1936: Benito Mussolini described the new alliance between Nazi Germany and Italy as an "axis" running between Berlin and Rome. 1952: The United States exploded the first hydrogen bomb in a test in the Marshall Islands. 1993: The Maastricht Treaty was enacted, establishing the European Union. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Poet Stephen Crane, 1871; Actress Barbara Bosson ("Murder One," "Hill Street Blues"), 1939; Saxophonist Ronald Khalis Bell of Kool and the Gang, 1951; Singer Lyle Lovett, 1957; Singer Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers, 1962; Singer-keyboardist Mags Furuholmen of a-ha, 1962; Drummer Rick Allen of Def Leppard, 1963; Country singer Big Kenny of Big and Rich, 1963; Singer Sophie B. Hawkins, 1964; Rapper Willie D of the Geto Boys, 1966; Actress Jenny McCarthy, 1972; "American Idol" runner-up Bo Bice, 1975; Actor Penn Badgely ("Gossip Girl"), 1986. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Oct. 31:

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

1517: Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Palace church, marking the start of the Protestant Reformation in Germany. 1846: A heavy snowfall trapped the Donner Party in the Sierra Nevada mountains. 1941: Work on the Mount Rushmore monument was completed. 1956: Rear Admiral G. J. Dufek became the first person to land an airplane at the South Pole. 1984: Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated. 1992: Pope John Paul II admitted that the Roman Catholic Church had erred in convicting Galileo of heresy 350 years earlier. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Painter Jan Vermeer, 1632; Poet John Keats, 1795; Girl Scout Founder Juliette Gordon Low, 1860; Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek, 1887; Actress Dale Evans, 1912; Actress Barbara Bel Geddes, 1922; Journalist Dan Rather, 1931; Actor Michael Landon, 1936; Actor David Ogden Stiers ("M.A.S.H."), 1942; Actress Deidre Hall ("Days of Our Lives"), 1948; Actor John Candy, 1950; Director Peter Jackson ("Lord of the Rings"), 1961; Drummer Larry Mullen of U2, 1961; Drummer Mikkey Dee of Motorhead, 1963; Country singer Darryl Worley, 1964; Guitarist Adrock of the Beastie Boys, 1966; Musician Adam Schelsinger of Fountains of Wayne, 1967; Musician Rob Van Winkle (Vanilla Ice), 1968; Singer Linn Berggren of Ace of Base, 1970; Actor Eddie Kaye Thomas ("American Pie"), 1980; Guitarist Frank Iero of My Chemical Romance, 1981. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day In History: Oct. 30:

1534: The English parliament passed the Act of Supremacy, making King Henry VIII head of the English church. 1938: Radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds, starring Orson Welles, caused nationwide panic among listeners. 1953: Gen. George C. Marshall won the Nobel Peace Prize for originating the Marshall Plan. 1974: Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in the eighth round of a 15-round bout in Kinshasa, Zaire,to regain his world heavyweight title. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): U.S. President John Adams, 1735; Poet Ezra Pound, 1885; Actress Ruth Gordon, 1896; Singer Grace Slick, 1939; Singer Otis Williams of The Temptations, 1941; Actor Henry Winkler, 1945; Bassist Timothy B. Schmit of The Eagles, 1947; Actor Harry Hamlin, 1951; Actor Michael Beach ("Soul Food," "Third Watch"), 1963; Singer-guitarist Gavin Rossdale of Bush and Institute, 1967; Actor Jack Plotnick ("Reno 911!"), 1968; "Cash Cab" host Ben Bailey, 1970; Country singer Kassidy Osborn of SHeDAISY, 1976; Actor Tequan Richmond ("Everybody Hates Chris"), 1992. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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October 28, 2009

This Day in History: Oct 29:

1682: William Penn arrived in Pennsylvania. 1787: Mozart's opera Don Giovanni debuted in Prague. 1923: The Republic of Turkey was proclaimed under Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. 1929: The New York Stock Exchange crashed on Black Tuesday, precipitating the Great Depression. 1956: Israel invaded the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula during the Suez Canal crisis. 1966: The National Organization for Women was founded. 1998: John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, returned to space at age 77. 2004: European leaders signed the European Union's first constitution. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Comedienne Fanny Brice, 1891; Country singer Lee Clayton, 1942; Singer-actress Melba Moore, 1945; Actor Richard Dreyfuss, 1947; Actress Kate Jackson, 1948; Actor Dan Castellaneta ("The Simpsons"), 1957; Singer Randy Jackson of The Jacksons, 1961; Drummer Peter Timmins of Cowboy Junkies, 1965; Actress Joely Fisher ("Ellen"), 1967; Rapper Paris, 1967; Singer S.A. Martinez of 311, 1969; Actress Winona Ryder, 1971; Actor Trevor Lissauer ("Sabrina the Teenage Witch"), 1973; Actor Brendan Fehr ("Roswell"), 1977. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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October 27, 2009

This Day in History: Oct. 28:

1793: Eli Whitney applied for a patent for the cotton gin. 1886:
The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland. 1919: Congress passed the Volstead Act, or the National Prohibition Act, over President Woodrow Wilson's veto. 1922: Benito Mussolini took control of the government of Italy. 1940:
Italy invaded Greece during World War II. 1958: A new pope was elected — Pope John XXIII. 1962: Nikita Khrushchev told the U.S. that he had ordered the dismantling of Soviet missile bases in Cuba. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Gun manufacturer Eliphalet Remington, 1793; Cooking authority Auguste Escoffier, 1846; Fashion designer Edith Head, 1897; Novelist Evelyn Waugh, 1903; Scientist Jonas Salk, 1914; Country musician Charlie Daniels, 1937; Actress Jane Alexander, 1939; Actor Dennis Franz ("NYPD Blue"), 1944; Singer Wayne Fontana of Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, 1945; Actress-singer Telma Hopkins (Tony Orlando and Dawn), 1948; Actress Annie Potts, 1952; Computer industry pioneer Bill Gates, 1955; Drummer Stephen Morris of New Order, 1957; Singer-guitarist William Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain, 1958; Actress Daphne Zuniga ("Melrose Place"), 1962; Actress Julia Roberts, 1967; Country singer Brad Paisley, 1972; Actor Joaquin Phoenix. 1974; Singer Justin Guarini ("American Idol"), 1978; Guitarist Dave Tirio of Plain White T's, 1979. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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October 26, 2009

This Day in History: Oct: 27:

1787: The first of the Federalist Papers, which called for the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, was published. 1904: New York City's first rapid transit subway, the IRT, opened. 1938: Du Pont announced that it would name its new synthetic yarn nylon. 1978: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for their work toward a Middle East accord. 1997: The Dow Jones industrial average fell 554.26 points, forcing the stock market to shut down. 2004: After an 86-year wait, the Boston Red Sox finally captured a World Series trophy. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Humanist Erasmus, 1466; Explorer James Cook, 1728; Inventor Isaac Singer, 1811; U.S. Presdient Theodore Roosevelt, 1858; Etiquette authority Emily Post, 1873; Poet Dylan Thomas, 1914; Actress Nanette Fabray, 1920; Painter Roy Lichtenstein, 1923; Actress Ruby Dee, 1924; Actor-comedian John Cleese, 1939; Country singer Lee Greenwood, 1942; Author Fran Lebowitz, 1950; Guitarist K.K. Downing of Judas Priest, 1951; TV personality Jayne Kennedy, 1951; Actor Robert Picardo ("The Wonder Years," "China Beach"), 1953; Singer Simon LeBon of Duran Duran, 1958; Singer Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver, 1967; Actress Sheeri Rappaport ("CSI," "NYPD Blue"), 1977; Singer Kelly Osbourne, 1984. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites


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October 23, 2009

Upcoming Library Workshop!

The GSU Library offers many free workshops for students throughout the fall. Check out Horizon Wimba, from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28. You can register online or in person at the Library’s Reference Desk. Walk-ins also are welcome. All workshops are in Room 2401B (across from the Reference Desk).

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This Day in History: Oct. 26:

1774: The First Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia. 1825: The Erie Canal, connecting Lake Erie to the Hudson River, opened. 1881: Wyatt Earp, his two brothers, and Doc Holliday were involved in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Ariz. 1975: Anwar Sadat became the first Egyptian president to pay an official visit to the United States. 1979: South Korean president Park Chung Hee was killed by the head of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency. 1994: Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel and Prime Minister Abdel Salam Majali of Jordan signed a peace treaty in a ceremony attended by President Clinton. 2002: Russian government forces stormed the Moscow theater held by Chechen rebels. More than 100 hostages were killed. 2005: The Chicago White Sox sweep the Houston Astros to win their first World Series in 88 years. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, 1911; Actress Shelley Morrison ("Will and Grace"), 1936; Actress Jaclyn Smith ("Charlie's Angels"), 1945; "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak, 1946; Singer Maggie Roche of The Roches, 1951; Actor James Pickens Jr. ("Grey's Anatomy"), 1952; Guitarist Keith Strickland of The B-52's, 1953; Actress Rita Wilson, 1956; Actor Dylan McDermott ("The Practice"), 1961; Singer Natalie Merchant, 1963; Country singer Keith Urban, 1967; Actor Tom Cavanagh ("Ed"), 1968; Writer-actor Seth McFarlane ("Family Guy"), 1973; Actor Jon Heder ("Blades of Glory," "Napoleon Dynamite"), 1977; Singer Mark Barry of BBMak, 1978. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Oct. 25:

1400: Geoffrey Chaucer died in London. 1415: The Battle of Agincourt between England and France during the Hundred Years War took place.
1760: King George III of Britain was crowned. 1854: The Charge of the Light Brigade took place at Balaklava during the Crimean War.
1962: John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. 1971: The U.N. General Assembly voted to admit mainland China and expel Taiwan. 1983: The United States invaded the Caribbean nation of Grenada. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Composer Johann Strauss, 1825; Composer Georges Bizet, 1838; Actress Sarah Bernhard, 1844; Aviator Richard E. Byrd, 1888; Actress Marion Ross, 1928; Singer Jon Anderson of Yes, 1944; Guitarist Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest, 1947; Guitarist Matthias Jabs of Scorpions, 1956; Actress Nancy Cartwright ("The Simpsons"), 1957; Country singer Mark Miller of Sawyer Brown, 1958; Drummer Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers and of Chickenfoot, 1961; Actress Tracy Nelson ("Father Dowling Mysteries"), 1964; Actor Michael Boatman ("Spin City", 1964; Singer Speech of Arrested Development, 1968; Actor Adam Goldberg ("Saving Private Ryan"), 1970; Guitarist Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies, 1970; Actor Craig Robertson ("The Office"), 1971; Actor Mehcad Brooks ("Desperate Housewives"), 1980; Singer Jerome Jones of Immature, 1981; Singer Katy Perry, 1984; Singer Austin Winkler of Hinder, 1984; Singer Ciara, 1985. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Oct. 24:

1648: The treaties for the Peace of Westphalia were signed, ending the Thirty Years War, ultimately destroying the Holy Roman Empire, and ushering in the modern European state system. 1901: Anna Edson Taylor became the first person to survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel. 1931: The George Washington Bridge, connecting New York and New Jersey, opened to traffic. 1939: Nylon stockings were sold publicly for the first time, in Wilmington, Del. 1940: The 40-hour work week went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. 1945: The United Nations officially came into being as its charter took effect. 1992: The Toronto Blue Jays became the first non-U.S. team to win the World Series. 2003: The last Concordes landed in London, ending supersonic air travel. 2005: Civil rights activist Rosa Parks, 92, died. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Actor-producer David Nelson ("The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet"), 1936; Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, 1936; Actor F. Murray Abraham, 1939; Actor Kevin Kline, 1947; Actor B.D. Wong, 1960; Drummer Ben Gillies of Silverchair, 1979; Singer Monica, 1980; Singer-actress Adrienne Bailon of 3LW ("The Cheetah Girls"), 1983; Actress Shenae Grimes ("90210"), 1989. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Oct. 23:

1915: 25,000 women marched in New York City, demanding the right to vote. 1946: The United Nations General Assembly convened in New York for the first time. 1973: President Richard Nixon agreed to turn White House tape recordings requested by the Watergate special prosecutor over to Judge John J. Sirica. 1983: A suicide truck-bombing at Beirut International airport in Lebanon killed 241 U.S. Marines and sailors. 2002: Chechen rebels seized a crowded Moscow theater, taking hundreds hostage. Russian forces stormed the building the next day. 2003: Madame Chiang Kai-shek died at age 105. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Vice President Adlai Ewing Stevenson, 1835; Football coach John Heisman, 1869; Singer Barbara Ann Hawkins of The Dixie Cups, 1943; Director Ang Lee, 1954; Jazz singer Dianne Reeves, 1956; Country singer Dwight Yoakam,1956; Singer ``Weird Al'' Yankovic, 1959; Bassist Robert Trujillo of Metallica, 1964; Actress Masiela Lusha ("George Lopez"), 1985. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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October 21, 2009

This Day in History: Oct. 22:

1797: Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the first parachute jump from a balloon. 1836: Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first president of the Republic of Texas. 1954: West Germany joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). 1962: President Kennedy announced an air and naval blockade of Cuba, following the discovery of Soviet missile bases on the island. 1979: Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlevi, the deposed Shah of Iran, was allowed in the United States for medical treatment. This action led to the Iran hostage crisis. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Hungarian composer Franz Liszt, 1811; Actress Sarah Bernhardt, 1844; Actress Joan Fontaine, 1917; Novelist Doris Lessing, 1919; Black activist Bobby Seale, 1936; Actor Christopher Lloyd, 1938; Actress Annette Funicello, 1942; Actress Catherine Deneuve, 1943; Guitarist Leslie West of Mountain, 1945; Actor Jeff Goldblum, 1952; Bassist Cris Kirkwood of Meat Puppets, 1960; Christian singer TobyMac (dc Talk), 1964; Singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding, 1965; Comedian Carlos Mencia, 1967; Reggae rapper Shaggy, 1968; Director Spike Jonze, 1969; Rapper Tracey Lee, 1970; Actor Michael Fishman ("Roseanne"), 1981; Guitarist Rickard Goransson of Carolina Liar, 1983; Drummer Zac Hanson of Hanson, 1985; Actor Jonathan Lipnicki ("Stuart Little," "Jerry Maguire"), 1990 -- From Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Oct. 21:

1797: The navy frigate U.S. Constitution, known as "Old Ironsides," was launched in Boston Harbor. 1805: Admiral Horatio Nelson died in the Battle of Trafalgar. 1837: Seminole chief Osceola was captured as he carried a white flag of truce during the Second Seminole War. 1879: Thomas Edison invented a workable incandescent electric lamp. 1959: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of modern and contemporary art, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, opened to the public in New York City. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Chemist Alfred Nobel, 1833; Musician Dizzy Gillespie, 1917; Oct. 21: Actress Joyce Randolph ("The Honeymooners"), 1924; Keyboardist Manfred Mann, 1940; Guitarist Steve Cropper of Booker T. and the MG's, 1941; TV judge Judy Sheindlin ("Judge Judy"), 1942; Actor Everett McGill ("Twin Peaks"), 1945; Trumpeter Lee Loughnane of Chicago, 1946; Guitarist Charlotte Caffey of The Go-Go's, 1953; Actress Carrie Fisher, 1956; Keyboardist Charlie Lowell of Jars of Clay, 1973; Actor Jeremy Miller ("Growing Pains"), 1976; Actor Will Estes ("American Dreams"), 1978; Actor Michael McMillian ("True Blood"), 1978. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites.

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October 19, 2009

This Day in History: Oct. 20:

1803: The Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase. 1944: Gen. Douglas MacArthur returned to the Philippines, 30 months after he said "I shall return." 1947: The U.S. House Un-American Activities Committee opened meetings about alleged Communist infiltration in the Hollywood film industry. 1964: The 31st president of the United States, Herbert Hoover, died in New York at age 90. 1968: Jacqueline Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis. 1973: The Sydney Opera House was opened by Queen Elizabeth II. 1973: During the Watergate scandal, Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William B. Ruckelshaus resigned and special prosecutor Archibald Cox was dismissed by President Nixon in what came to be known as the "Saturday Night Massacre." -- from Infoplease websites

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Educator John Dewey, 1859; Composer Charles Ives, 1874; Actor Bela Lugosi, 1882; Musician Jelly Roll Morton, 1890; TV personality Arlene Francis, 1907; Humorist Art Buchwald, 1925; Baseball player Mickey Mantle, 1931; Actor William Christopher ("M.A.S.H."), 1932; Rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson, 1937; Musician Tom Petty, 1950; Drummer Jim "Soni" Sonefeld of Hootie and the Blowfish, 1964; Bassist Doug Eldridge of Oleander, 1967; Rapper Snoop Dogg, 1971; Actress Jennifer Nicole Freeman ("My Wife and Kids"), 1985. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites.


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October 16, 2009

Upcoming Library Workshops!

The GSU Library offers many free workshops for students throughout the fall. Check out Introduction to APA Style Citations, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19; and Photoexpress from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday Oct. 23. You can register online or in person at the Library’s Reference Desk. Walk-ins also are welcome. All workshops are in Room 2401B (across from the Reference Desk).

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This Day in History, Oct. 19:

1781: British General Cornwallis surrendered to General George Washington at Yorktown, Va., bringing an end to the last major battle of the American Revolution. 1812: French troops under Napoleon Bonaparte began their retreat from Moscow. 1960: The United States imposes a partial embargo on goods exported to Cuba. 1983:
The Senate passed a bill (178–22) making Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, birthday a public holiday. 1987: The stock market crashed on what came to be known as "Black Monday." Stocks dropped a record 508 points, or 22.6%, topping the drops on Oct. 28 and 29, 1929 that ushered in the Great Depression. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Novelist John le Carré, 1931; Artist Peter Max, 1937; Actor John Lithgow, 1945; Singer Jeannie C. Riley, 1945; Singer Patrick Simmons of The Doobie Brothers, 1948; Talk-show host Charlie Chase, 1952; Singer Jennifer Holliday, 1960; TV host Ty Pennington ("Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"), 1964; Singer-guitarist Todd Park Mohr of Big Head Todd and the Monsters, 1965; Actor Jon Favreau, 1966; "South Park" co-creator Trey Parker, 1969; Singer Pras Michel of The Fugees, 1972; Actor Omar Gooding ("Hangin' With Mr. Cooper"), 1976; Country singer Cyndi Thomson, 1976; Actor Benjamin Salisbury ("The Nanny"), 1980. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Oct. 18:

685: Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes. 1767: The boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania, the Mason-Dixon line, was agreed upon. 1867: The United States took possession of Alaska from Russia.
1912: The first Balkan War broke out. 1931: Inventor Thomas Alva Edison died in West Orange, N.J., at age 84. 1968: The U.S. Olympic Committee suspended two black athletes for giving a "black power" salute during a victory ceremony at the Mexico City games. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Singer-guitarist Chuck Berry, 1926; Actor George C. Scott, 1927; Actress Dawn Wells ("Gilligan's Island"), 1938; Football coach Mike Ditka, 1939; Presumed assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, 1939; Actress Pam Dawber, 1950; Actress Erin Moran, 1960; Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme, 1960; Jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, 1961; Actor Vincent Spano, 1962; Singer Nonchalant, 1973; Guitarist Peter Svensson of The Cardigans, 1974; R&B singer Ne-Yo,1979; Country singer and "American Idol" contestant Josh Gracin, 1980; Actor Zac Efron, 1987; Actress Joy Lauren ("Desperate Housewives"), 1989. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Oct.17:

1777: British Gen. Burgoyne surrendered in Saratoga, N.Y. during the American Revolution. 1931: Mobster Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion for which he was sentenced to 11 years in prison. 1933:
Albert Einstein arrived in the United States as a refugee from Nazi Germany. 1979: Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the poor in Calcutta, India. 1989: An earthquake measuring 7.1 in magnitude killed 67 and injured over 3,000 in San Francisco. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Novelist Nathanael West, 1903; Actress Irene Ryan, 1903; Playwright Arthur Miller, 1915; Actress Rita Hayworth, 1918; Daredevil Evel Knievel, 1938; Singer Gary Puckett of Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, 1942; Drummer Michael Hossack of The Doobie Brothers, 1946; Actor Michael McKean (“Laverne and Shirley,” “This Is Spinal Tap“), 1947; Actress Margot Kidder, 1948; Actor George Wendt, 1948; Astronaut Mae C. Jemison, 1956; Country singer Alan Jackson, 1958; Animator Mike Judge (“King of the Hill,” “Beavis and Butthead“), 1962; Singer Rene’ Dif (Aqua), 1967; Reggae singer Ziggy Marley, 1968; Singer Chris Kirkpatrick of ‘N Sync, 1971; Rapper Eminem, 1972; Actress Sharon Leal (“Boston Public“), 1972. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History, Oct. 16:

1793: French queen Marie Antoinette was guillotined for treason. 1859: Abolitionist John Brown his men captured the U.S. arsenal at Harper's Ferry. 1916: Margaret Sanger opened the first birth-control clinic in New York City. 1962: The Cuban Missile Crisis began. 1964:
China detonated its first atomic bomb. 1978: John Paul II was elected pope. 1995: Hundreds of thousands of black men gathered in Washington for the "Million Man March" led by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. 2001: Twelve Senate offices were closed when a letter to Sen. Tom Daschle was found to contain anthrax. 2002: The White House announced that North Korea had disclosed the existence of a secret nuclear weapons program. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours) Lexiographer Noah Webster, 1758; Author Oscar Wilde, 1854; Statesman David Ben-Gurion, 1886; Playwright Eugene O'Neill, 1888; Photographer Paul Strand, 1890; Jurist William O. Douglas, 1898; Actress Angela Lansbury, 1925; Actor Barry Corbin (“One Tree Hill,” “Northern Exposure“), 1940; Bassist C.F. Turner of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, 1943; Actress Suzanne Somers, 1946; Guitarist Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, 1947; Producer-director David Zucker, 1947; Actor Andy Kindler (“Everybody Loves Raymond“), 1956; Actor-director Tim Robbins, 1958; Guitarist Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet), 1959; Actor Randy Vasquez (“JAG“), 1961; Bassist Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, 1962; Actress Terri J. Vaughn (“All of Us,” “The Steve Harvey Show“), 1969; Singer Wendy Wilson (Wilson Phillips), 1969; Singer-songwriter John Mayer, 1977; Actor Jeremy Jackson (“Baywatch“), 1980; Actress Brea Grant (“Heroes“), 1981. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This day in History: Oct. 15:

1860: Eleven-year-old Grace Bedell of Westfield, N.Y., wrote a letter to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, suggesting he could improve his appearance by growing a beard. 1914: With the support of President Wilson, the Clayton Antitrust Act, which made it illegal for companies to buy competitors' stock, was passed. 1917:
Mata Hari, World War I spy, was executed by a firing squad in Vincennes, France. 1951: I Love Lucy, starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, had its television debut. 1964: It was announced that Nikita Khruschev was removed from his positions as premier and secretary of the Communist Party of the USSR. 1966: The U.S. Department of Transportation was created. 1989: Wayne Gretzky topped Gordie Howe's NHL scoring record. 1991: Clarence Thomas got a narrow (52–48) Senate confirmation of his nomination to the Supreme Court. 1993:
Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work to end apartheid in South Africa. 2003: China became the third country to launch a staffed space mission. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Singer Barry McGuire, 1935; Actress Linda Lavin (“Alice“), 1937; Actress-director Penny Marshall, 1932; Drummer Don Stevenson of Moby Grape, 1932; Musician Richard Carpenter of The Carpenters, 1946; Singer Tito Jackson, 1953; Actor Larry Miller (“The Nutty Professor“), 1953; Actress Tanya Roberts (“That ‘70s Show,” “Charlie’s Angels“, 1955; TV chef Emeril Lagasse, 1959; “Trading Spaces” host Paige Davis, 1969; Singer Eric Benet, 1970; Singer Ginuwine, 1970; Singer Jaci Velasquez, 1979; Singer Keyshia Cole, 1981; Actor Vincent Martella (“Everybody Hates Chris“), 1992. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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October 13, 2009

Bit of a history quiz:

U.S. Air Force Captain Charles "Chuck" Yeager became the first person to travel faster than the speed of sound in 1947. What is the noise called that results from breaking the sound barrier?

a. Frequency modulation
b. Sonic boom
c. Screech of brakes
d. Social distortion

And the answer is... b. Sonic boom. According to the McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Science and Technology in the GSU Library's Credo Reference database, "An audible sound wave generated by an object that moves faster than the speed of sound (supersonic object). The sonic boom forms because the air is pushed away faster than the air molecules can move." Want to read more? You can start by checking in Credo Reference or in the library catalog (for books) under subject "sonic boom."

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This Day in History, Oct. 14:

1066: The Normans, under William the Conqueror, defeated the English at the Battle of Hastings. 1933: Nazi Germany withdrew from the Geneva disarmament conference and the League of Nations. 1947: U.S. Air Force Captain Charles "Chuck" Yeager became the first person to travel faster than the speed of sound. 1964: Martin Luther King, Jr., was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in civil rights.
1968: The first live telecast from a staffed U.S. spacecraft was transmitted from Apollo 7. 1990: Composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein died in New York at age 72. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): King James II, 1633; Pennsylvania founder William Penn, 1644; U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1890; Actress Lillian Gish, 1893; poet e.e. cummings, 1894; Actor Roger Moore, 1927; Country singer Melba Montgomery, 1938; Singer Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues, 1946; Actor Harry Anderson, 1952; Actor Greg Evigan ("My Two Dads," "B.J. and the Bear"), 1953; Actor Steve Coogan ("Night at the Museum"), 1965; Singer Karyn White, 1965; Actor Jon Seda ("Homicide: Life on the Street"), 1970; Country singer Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks, 1974; Singer Shaznay Lewis of All Saints, 1975; Singer Usher, 1978. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites


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October 12, 2009

This Day in History: Oct. 13:

1775: The Continental Congress authorized the construction of a naval fleet. 1792: The cornerstone of the White House was laid. 1843:
The Jewish organization B'nai B'rith was founded. 1903: Boston defeated Pittsburgh in the first World Series. 1943: Italy declared war on Germany, its former Axis partner, during World War II. 1974: Ed Sullivan died in New York City at age 72. 1981: Egypt's vice president Hosni Mubarak was elected president, one week after Anwar Sadat's assassination. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): British politician Margaret Thatcher, 1925; Musician Paul Simon, 1941; Keyboardist Robert Lamm of Chicago, 1944; Actor Demond Wilson (“Sanford and Son“), 1946; Singer Sammy Hagar, 1947; Actor John Lone (“Rush Hour 2“), 1952; Singer-actress Marie Osmond, 1959; Singer Joey Belladonna of Anthrax, 1960; Actress T’Keyah Crystal Keymah (“That’s So Raven“), 1962; Actress Kelly Preston, 1962; Actress Tisha Campbell-Martin (“My Wife and Kids,” “Martin“), 1968; Singer Carlos Martin of Il Divo, 1968; Country singer Rhett Akins, 1969; TV personality Billy Bush (“Access Hollywood“), 1971; Singers Brandon and Brian Casey of Jagged Edge, 1975; Singer Ashanti, 1980. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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October 08, 2009

Upcoming workshops!

The GSU Library offers many free workshops for students throughout the fall. Check out Formatting APA Paper 6th Ed., from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13; Formatting APA Paper 6th Ed., from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14; Plagiarism Detection Software: TurnItIn, from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14; Intro. To APA Style Citations, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15; and Formatting APA Paper 6th Ed, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16. You can register online or in person at the Library’s Reference Desk. Walk-ins also are welcome. All workshops are in Room 2401B (across from the Reference Desk), except the workshop on Friday, Oct. 16, which will be in D2430 (ACS Lab).

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This Day in History: Oct. 12:

1492: Columbus landed in present-day Bahamas. HAPPY COLUMBUS DAY! 1870: Gen. Robert E. Lee died in Lexington, Va., at age 63. 1960: Soviet premier Nikita Krushchev created a disturbance at the U.N. General Assembly by pounding his desk with his shoe. 1964: The Soviets launched Voskhod I, the first space capsule to carry three people into orbit. 1999: NBA Hall-of-Famer Wilt Chamberlain died at his Bel Air home at age 63. 2000: 17 U.S. sailors were killed in the terrorist attack on the USS Cole in Yemen. 2002: A bomb destroyed a nightclub in Bali, killing 202, mostly tourists. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Comedian-activist Dick Gregory, 1932; Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti, 1935; Singer Sam Moore of Sam and Dave, 1935; "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace, 1947; Actor Carlos Bernard ("24"), 1962; Jazz musician Chris Botti, 1962; Singer Claude McKnight of Take 6, 1962; Actor Hugh Jackman ("The X-Men"), 1968; Actor Adam Rich ("Eight Is Enough"), 1968; Singer Garfield Bright of Shai, 1969; Fiddler Martie Maguire of the Dixie Chicks, 1969; Actor Kirk Cameron, 1970. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Oct. 11:

1779: Polish patriot and American Revolutionary War commander Casimir Pulaski was killed in the battle of Savannah. 1899: The Boer War began in South Africa. 1915: English nurse Edith Cavell was executed by the Germans. 1939: A letter from Albert Einstein was delivered to President Franklin D. Roosevelt concerning the possibility of atomic weapons. 1962: The first session of Vatican II was convened by Pope John XXIII. 1968: The first staffed Apollo mission, Apollo 7, was launched with astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Fulton Eisele, and R. Walter Cunningham aboard. 1984: Space shuttle Challenger astronaut, Kathryn Sullivan, became the first American woman to walk in space. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Food manufacturer H.J. Heinz, 1844; Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884; Country singer Paulette Carlson, 1951; Actor David Morse ("St. Elsewhere"),1953; Actor Stephen Spinella ("24"), 1956; Actress Joan Cusak, 1962; Guitarist Scott Johnson of Gin Blossoms, 1962; Actor-writer Michael J. Nelson ("Mystery Science Theater 3000"), 1964; Actor Sean Patrick Flanery, 1965; Actor Luke Perry, 1966; Actor Artie Lange ("MADtv"), 1967; Actor Jane Krakowski ("30 Rock," "Ally McBeal"), 1968; Rapper U-God of Wu-Tang Clan, 1970; Rapper MC Lyte, 1971; Singer NeeNa Lee, 1975; Actress Emily Deschanel ("Bones"), 1976; Actress Michelle Trachtenberg ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Inspector Gadget"), 1985. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Oct. 10:

1845: The U.S. Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, Md. 1886: The tuxedo dinner jacket made its debut at a ball in Tuxedo Park, N.Y.
1911: Sun Yat-sen's revolutionaries overthrew the Manchu dynasty in China. 1935: George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess debuted on Broadway. 1943: Chiang Kai-shek took the oath of office as president of China. 1970: Fiji gained its independence from Great Britain. 1973: Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned after being charged with tax evasion. 1985: Actor and director Orson Welles died in Hollywood at age 70. 2002: The US Congress gave President Bush authorization to use military force against Iraq. -- From Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Opera composer Giuseppe Verdi, 1813; Actress Helen Hays, 1900; Sculptor Alberto Giacometti, 1901; Dancer Ben Vereen, 1946; Singer John Prine, 1946; Singer Cyril Neville of The Neville Brothers, 1948; Singer David Lee Roth, 1954; Country singer Tanya Tucker, 1958; Actress Julia Sweeney (“Saturday Night Live“), 1959; Actor Bradley Whitford (“The West Wing“), 1959; Drummer Mike Malinin of the Goo Goo Dolls, 1967; Football player Brett Favre, 1969; Actor Mario Lopez (“The Other Half,” “Saved By The Bell“), 1973; Auto racer Dale Earnhardt Jr.,1974; Actress Jodi Lyn O’Keefe (“She’s All That,” “Nash Bridges“), 1978; Singer Mya, 1979. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Oct. 9:

1635: Religious dissident and Rhode Island founder, Roger Williams, was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. 1888: For the first time, the public was admitted to the Washington Monument. 1930: Aviator Laura Ingalls became the first woman to make a solo transcontinental flight across the United States. 1967: Che Guevara was executed in Bolivia. 1975: Soviet scientist Andrei Sakharov was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end the nuclear arms race. -- from Infoplease Website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): John Lennon of the Beatles,
1940; Singer Jackson Browne, 1948; Manager-TV personality Sharon Osbourne (“The Osbournes“), 1952; Actor Tony Shalhoub (“Monk,” “Wings“), 1953; Actor Scott Bakula, 1954; Actor John O’Hurley (“Dancing With The Stars,” “Seinfeld“), 1954; Actor Michael Pare (“Eddie and the Cruisers“), 1959; Singer-guitarist Kurt Neumann of The BoDeans, 1961; Singer P.J. Harvey, 1969; Actor Steve Burns (“Blues Clues“), 1973; Singer Sean Lennon, 1975; Actor Zachery Ty Bryan (“Home Improvement“), 1981; Actor Tyler James Williams (“Everybody Hates Chris“), 1992. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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October 07, 2009

This Day in History: Oct. 8:

1869: The 14th president of the United States, Franklin Pierce, died in Concord, N.H. 1871: The Great Fire of Chicago started. That same day in Peshtigo, Wis., the worst forest fire in U.S. history also began. 1934: Bruno Hauptmannn was indicted for the murder of Charles Lindbergh's baby. 1945: President Harry Truman announced the U.S. would share the secret of the atomic bomb only with Great Britain and Canada. 1956: Don Larsen of the New York Yankees pitched the first and only perfect game in a World Series. 2004: Martha Stewart began her prison sentence at Alderson Federal Prison Camp. 2005: A 7.6 magnitude earthquake centered in the Pakistani-controlled part of the Kashmir region killed more than 80,000 and injured 65,000. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Physician Emily Blackwell, 1826; President of Argentina Juan Perón, 1895; Writer Frank Herbert, 1920; Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, 1941; Actor-comedian Chevy Chase, 1943; Author R.L. Stine ("Goosebumps"), 1943; TV personality Sarah Purcell ("Real People"), 1948; Actress Sigourney Weaver, 1949; Singer Robert "Kool" Bell of Kool and the Gang, 1950; Comedian Darrell Hammond ("Saturday Night Live"), 1955; Actress Stephanie Zimbalist, 1956; Singer CeCe Winans, 1964; Bassist C.J. Ramone of The Ramones, 1965; Actress Karyn Parsons ("The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"), 1966; Actress Emily Procter ("CSI: Miami"), 1968; Actor-screenwriter Matt Damon, 1970; Singer Byron Reeder of Mista, 1979; Actor Nick Cannon ("The Nick Cannon Show," "Drumline"), 1980; Actor Angus T. Jones ("Two and a Half Men"), 1993. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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October 06, 2009

A bit of a library trivia quiz:

You think you may have left your flash drive in one of the computers in the GSU Library. Where do you go to see if it was found?

a. Forget it, it's gone
b. The guy who was sitting next to you is now putting his name on your paper
c. It's behind the Reference Desk, where all lost flash drives live
d. It was sold to cover the cost of books

And the answer is ... c. When someone finds a flash drive, it is usually turned in to a staff member at the Reference Desk. The staff keeps the wayward drives safe until they are claimed by their rightful owners!

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This Day in History: Oct. 7:

1765: The Stamp Act Congress convened in New York to draw up colonial grievances against England. 1849: Poet-writer Edgar Allan Poe died at age 40. 1949: The Republic of East Germany was formed. 1968: The Motion Picture Association of America adopted its film-rating system, ranging from "G" for general audiences to "X" for adults only. 1985:
The Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked by Palestinian gunmen in the Mediterranean. 1998: Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, was beaten, robbed, and left tied to a fence. He died five days later. 2001: U.S. and British forces launched bombing campaign against Taliban government and al-Qaeda terrorist camps in Afghanistan. 2003: California governor Gray Davis was recalled and former bodybuilder and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected in his place. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Singer Al Martino, 1927; South African religious leader Desmond Tutu, 1931; "The View" co-host Joy Behar, 1932; Musician John Mellencamp, 1951; Guitarist Ricky Phillips of Styx, 1951; Actress Mary Badham ("To Kill A Mockingbird"), 1952; Gospel singer Michael W. Smith, 1957; "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell, 1959; Singer Ann Curless of Expose', 1963; Singer Toni Braxton, 1967; Singer Thom Yorke of Radiohead, 1968; Singer Damian Kulash of OK Go, 1975; Singer Taylor Hicks ("American Idol"), 1976. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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October 05, 2009

This Day in History: Oct. 6:

1927: "The Jazz Singer," the first full-length talking picture, starring Al Jolson, debuted. 1949: Japanese-American broadcaster, Iva Toguri D'Aquino (Tokyo Rose), was sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $10,000 for treason. 1973: The Yom Kippur War began when Syria and Egypt attacked Israel. 1979: President Jimmy Carter received Pope John Paul II, the first pope to visit the White House. 1981: Egypt's President Anwar Sadat was assassinated in Cairo. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Soprano Jenny Lind, 1820: Inventor George Westinghouse, 1846; Actress Carole Lombard, 1908; Explorer Thor Heyerdahl, 1914; Actress Britt Ekland, 1942; Singer-guitarist Thomas McClary of The Commodores, 1949; Singer Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon, 1951; Guitarist David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, 1954; Actress Elisabeth Shue, 1963; Singer-songwriter Matthew Sweet, 1964; Actress Amy Jo Johnson ("Felicity," "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers"), 1970; Actor Ioan Gruffudd ("Fantastic Four," "Horatio Hornblower"), 1973; Actor Jeremy Sisto ("Law and Order," "Six Feet Under") , 1974; Singer Melinda Doolittle ("American Idol"), 1977. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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October 02, 2009

Upcoming library workshops!

The GSU Library offers many free workshops for students throughout the fall. Check out Formatting an APA-style Paper, from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5. You can register online or in person at the Library’s Reference Desk. Walk-ins also are welcome. All workshops are in Room 2401B (across from the Reference Desk).

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This Day in History: Oct. 5:

1877: Chief Joseph surrendered to the U.S. Army. 1910: King Manuel II was overnthrown in a revolution and Portugal became a republic. 1921:
The World Series was broadcast on the radio for the first time. 1947:
In the first televised White House address, President Truman urged Americans to refrain from eating meat on Tuesdays and poultry on Sundays to help starving people in other countries. 1962: The Beatles released their first hit, "Love Me Do," in Britain. 1990: Cincinnati's Contemporary Arts Center and its director were acquitted of obscenity charges resulting from an exhibit of Robert Mapplethorpe's photographs. 2001: Barry Bonds broke Mark McGwire's record of 71 home runs in one season when he hit his 71st and 72nd homers. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): U.S. President Chester A. Arthur, 1830; Inventor Louis Lumiére, 1864; Entrepeneur Raymond A. Kroc, 1902; Cartoonist Bil Keane ("Family Circus"), 1922; Comedian Bill Dana, 1924; Singer Arlene Smith of The Chantels, 1941; Singer Richard Street of The Temptations, 1942; Singer-guitarist Steve Miller, 1943; Singer Brian Johnson of AC/DC, 1947; Actor Jeff Conaway ("Taxi"), 1950; Actress Karen Allen, 1951; Guitarist David Bryson of Counting Crows, 1954; Singer Bob Geldof, 1954; Actor Daniel Baldwin ("Homicide: Life On The Streets", 1960; Actress Josie Bissett ("Melrose Place"), 1970; Singer-actress Heather Headley, 1974; Singer Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, 1974; Actress Parminder Nagra ("ER," "Bend It Like Beckham"),1975; Actor Scott Weinger ("Full House"), 1975; Actress Kate Winslet ("Titanic"), 1975; Guitarist James Valentine of Maroon 5, 1978; Bassist Paul Thomas of Good Charlotte, 1980. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Oct. 4:

1887: The International Herald Tribune was published for the first time. 1895: The first U.S. Open Golf tournament was held in Newport, Rhode Island. 1957: The Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite, Sputnik, into orbit around the earth, ushering in the Space Age and Space Race. 1965: Pope Paul VI made the first visit to the Western Hemisphere by a reigning pope. He came to New York to address the UN General Assembly. 1970: Rock singer Janis Joplin was found dead of a drug overdose at age 27. 1990: The German parliament met for the first time since the reunification of Germany. 2001: Authorities confirmed a tabloid editor in Florida had contracted anthrax. He died the next day. 2002: John Walker Lindh, the "American Taliban," received a 20-year sentence.-- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes, 1822; Artist Frederic Remington, 1861; Actor Buster Keaton, 1895; Actor Charlton Heston, 1924; Actor Eddie Applegate ("The Patty Duke Show"), 1935; Author Jackie Collins , 1937; Author Anne Rice, 1941; Actress Susan Sarandon, 1946; Actor Armand Assante, 1949; Keyboardist Chris Lowe of The Pet Shop Boys, 1959; Keyboardist Gregg "Hobie" Hubbard of Sawyer Brown, 1960; Singer Jon Secada, 1961; Actor Liev Schreiber ("The Manchurian Candidate," "Scream 2"), 1967; Actor Abraham Benrubi ("Men In Trees," "ER"), 1969; Country singer-guitarist Heidi Newfield (Trick Pony), 1970; Actress Alicia Silverstone, 1976; Singer-guitarist Marc Roberge of O.A.R., 1978; Actress Rachel Leigh Cook ("Josie and the Pussycats," "She's All That"), 1979; Singer Jessica Benson of 3LW, 1987. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites


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This Day in History: Oct. 3:

1226: St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan order, died.
1863: President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. 1922: Rebecca L. Felton became the first woman U.S. Senator when she was appointed to serve out the term of Senator Thomas E. Watson. 1929: The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes formally changed its name to the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. 1955: Captain Kangaroo and The Mickey Mouse Club premiered on television. 1974: Frank Robinson was named the first African-American manager in major league baseball. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Native American chief John Ross, 1790; Novelist Thomas Wolfe, 1900; Writer James Herriot, 1916;
Writer Gore Vidal, 1925; Singer Chubby Checker, 1941; Magician Roy Horn of Siegfried and Roy, 1945; Singer-guitarist Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac, 1949; Blues singer Keb' Mo', 1951; Baseball player Dave Winfield, 1951; Civil rights activist and minister Al Sharpton, Jr., 1954; Musician Stevie Ray Vaughan, 1954; Musician Tommy Lee, 1962; Actor Clive Owen, 1964; Singer Gwen Stefani, 1969; Singer Kevin Richardson of the Backstreet Boys, 1971; Singer G. Love, 1972; Actress Keiko Agena ("Gilmore Girls"), 1973; Actress Neve Campbell, 1973; Singer India.Arie, 1975; Rapper Talib Kweli, 1975; Actor Seann William Scott ("Dukes of Hazzard," "American Pie"), 1976; Guitarist Mark King of Hinder, 1982; Singer Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, 1984. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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October 01, 2009

This Day in History: Oct. 2:

1919: President Woodrow Wilson suffered a stroke, which left him partially paralyzed. 1944: The two-month-long Warsaw Uprising was squelched by Nazi troops battling the Polish underground. 1950: The "Peanuts" comic strip, by Charles M. Schultz, first appeared in newspapers. 1958: Guinea proclaimed its independence from France.
1967: Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first black associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. 1998: Gene Autry, the singing cowboy and former owner of the Anaheim Angels baseball team, died at age 91. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Civil rights leader Nat Turner, 1800; Indian political and spiritual leader Mohandas Gandhi
1869; Comedian Groucho Marx, 1890; Writer Graham Greene, 1904; Critic Rex Reed, 1938; Singer Don McLean, 1945; Actor Avery Brooks ("Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"), 1948; Guitarist Mike Rutherford of Genesis and Mike and the Mechanics, 1950; Musician Sting, 1951; Actress Lorraine Bracco ("The Sopranos"), 1954; Singer Freddie Jackson, 1958; Singer-producer Robbie Nevil, 1958; Country singer Kelly Willis, 1968; Singer Dion Allen of Az Yet, 1970; Actress-talk-show host Kelly Ripa ("All My Children," "Live With Regis and Kelly"), 1970; Singer Tiffany, 1971; Actor Efren Ramirez ("Napoleon Dynamite"), 1973; Singer LaTocha Scott of Xscape, 1973; Gospel singer and former "American Idol" contestant Mandisa, 1976; Bassist Mike Rodden of Hinder, 1982. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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