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November 30, 2009

This Day in History: Dec. 1:

1824: The presidential election between John Q. Adams, Andrew Jackson, William Crawford, and Henry Clay was turned over to the House of Representatives due to the lack of an electoral-vote majority. 1887: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes appeared for the first time in print in the story "A Study in Scarlet." 1955:
Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her front-section bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Ala. 1959: Twelve nations, including the United States, signed a treaty setting aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve free from military activity. 1997: Representatives from more than 150 countries gathered at a global warming summit in Kyoto, Japan, and over the course of ten days forged an agreement to control the emission of greenhouse gases. President Bush pulled the U.S. out of the Kyoto Protocol in 2001. 1998: Exxon and Mobil agreed to merge, creating the world's largest corporation. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Wax modeler Marie Tussaud, 1761; Actor-director Woody Allen, 1933; Singer Dianne Lennon of the Lennon Sisters, 1939; Golfer Lee Trevino, 1939; Comedian Richard Pryor, 1940; Drummer John Densmore of The Doors, 1944; Actress-singer Bette Midler, 1945; Actor Treat Williams, 1951; Country singer Kim Richey, 1956; Actress Charlene Tilton, 1958; Actor Nestor Carbonell (“Lost,” “Suddenly Susan”), 1967; Comedian Sarah Silverman, 1970; Guitarist Brad Delson of Linkin Park, 1977; Drummer Mika Fineo of Filter, 1981; Actress Ashley Monique Clark (“The Hughleys”), 1988. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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November 25, 2009

Upcoming Genealogy Workshops!

The GSU Library offers many free workshops for students throughout the fall. Check out Starting Your Family Tree, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in Room D2401B; and Favorite Free Genealogy Workshop, from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in Room D2401B. You can register online or in person at the Library’s Reference Desk. Walk-ins also are welcome.

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This Day in History: Nov. 30:

1804: Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase was tried for political bias. 1900: Irish author Oscar Wilde died in Paris at age 46. 1940: Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were married. 1966: Barbados became independent of Great Britain. 1974: The fossilized remains of a female human ancestor named Lucy (after the Beatles song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds) were found in Ethiopia. 1993: The Brady Bill, requiring a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases, is signed.
1995: President Bill Clinton became the first U.S. president to visit Northern Ireland. 2004: Ken Jennings ended his 74-game winning spree on the game show, Jeopardy! -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Author Jonathan Swift, 1667; Author Mark Twain, 1835; British statesman Winston Churchill, 1874; Photographer Gordon Parks, 1912; Politician Shirley Chisholm, 1924; TV personality Dick Clark, 1929. -- from Infoplease website

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This Day in History: Nov. 29:

1924: Italian composer Giacomo Puccini died in Brussels before he could complete his opera "Turandot." 1929: Commander Richard E. Byrd and a crew of three became the first to fly over the South Pole.
1947: The United Nations voted to grant the Jewish people a homeland to be established in Palestine. 1963: The Beatles released I Want to Hold Your Hand in Great Britain. 1963: President Johnson named a commission headed by Earl Warren to investigate the assassination of President Kennedy. 1986: Actor Cary Grant died in Davenport, Iowa, at age 82. 2001: Beatle George Harrison died of cancer. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Writer Louisa May Alcott
1832; Diode inventor Ambrose Fleming, 1849; Author C.S. Lewis, 1898; Chemist Yuan T. Lee, 1936. -- from Infoplease website

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This Day in History: Nov. 28:

1520: Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan passed through the strait which bears his name to the Pacific ocean. 1919: American-born Lady Astor became the first woman to take a seat on the British Parliament. 1942: Almost 500 people died in the Coconut Grove nightclub fire in Boston. 1943: Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin met in Tehran for their first meeting during World War II. 1964: The U.S. spacecraft Mariner 4 launched—on its way to the first successful mission to Mars. 1990: Margaret Thatcher resigned as prime minister of Great Britain; John Major took over. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Poet William Blake, 1757; Record company executive Berry Gordy, Jr., 1929; Composer Randy Newman, 1943; Musician Paul Shaffer ("Late Show With David Letterman"), 1949; Actor Ed Harris, 1950; Actress S. Epatha Merkerson ("Law and Order"), 1952; Country singer Kristine Arnold of Sweethearts of the Rodeo, 1956; Actor Judd Nelson, 1959; Drummer Matt Cameron of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, 1962; Actress Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon ("NYPD Blue," "The Jamie Foxx Show"), 1966; Singer Dawn Robinson of En Vogue and Lucy Pearl, 1968; Musician apl.de.ap of Black Eyed Peas, 1974; Rapper Chamillionaire,1979; Keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij, 1983. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Nov. 27:

1852: Lord Byron's daughter Ada died. She had assisted Charles Babbage with his "analytical engine" and is credited with inventing computer language. 1895: Alfred Nobel signed his last will, which established the Nobel Prize. 1910: New York's Pennsylvania Station opened. 1953: Playwright Eugene O'Neill died in Boston at age 65. 1970: Pope Paul VI was attacked at the Manila airport by a Bolivian painter disguised as a priest. 1973: Gerald R. Ford was confirmed by the Senate to become vice president, succeeding Spiro T. Agnew. 2003: President Bush secretly flew to Iraq to spend Thanksgiving with the troops. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthday today (besides yours): Astronomer Anders Celsius, 1701; Writer James Agee, 1909; Politician Alexander Haig
1924; Martial-arts actor Bruce Lee, 1940; Rock musician Jimi Hendrix, 1942; Actor James Avery ("Sparks," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"), 1948; TV personality Bill Nye ("Bill Nye the Science Guy"),1955; Drummer Charlie Benante of Anthrax, 1962; Actor Fisher Stevens ("Early Edition"), 1963; Actress Robin Givens, 1964; Actor Michael Vartan ("Alias"), 1968; Rapper Skoob of DAS EFX, 1970; Rapper Twista, 1972; Actor Jaleel White ("Family Matters"), 1976. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites.

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This Day in History: Nov. 26:


1789: The first national Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. was proclaimed by President George Washington. 1922: Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon became the first to enter the tomb of King Tutankhamen (Tut) since it was sealed in 1323 B.C. 1940: The Nazis began to force Warsaw's Jews to live in a walled ghetto. 1950: China entered the Korean War. 1975: Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a follower of Charles Manson, was found guilty of trying to assassinate President Ford. 1998: Tony Blair became the first British prime minister to speak to the Irish parliament. 2000: Katherine Harris certified George W. Bush the winner in Florida's presidential balloting. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Cartoonist Charles Schulz, 1922; Actor Robert Goulet. 1933; Impressionist Rich Little, 1938; Singer Tina Turner, 1939; Bassist John McVie of Fleetwood Mac, 1945; Actress Jamie Rose ("Falcon Crest," "St. Elsewhere"), 1959; Actress Maia Campbell ("In the House"), 1976; Country singer Joe Nichols, 1976; Actress Jessica Bowman ("Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman"), 1980; Singer Natasha Bedingfield, 1981; Drummer Ben Wysocki of The Fray, 1984; Singer Lil Fizz of B2K, 1985. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites.

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This Day in History: Nov. 25:

1758: The British captured Fort Duquesne (Pittsburgh) in the French and Indian Wars. 1783: The British evacuated New York City, their last military position, after the Revolutionary War. 1841: The slaves who seized the Amistad in 1839 were freed by the Supreme Court. They had been defended by former president John Quincy Adams.
1947: Movie executives blacklisted the "Hollywood Ten." 1986: Iran-Contra scandal broke. 1998: Jiang Zemin became the first Chinese head of state to visit Japan since World War II. 1999: Elian Gonzalez was rescued off the coast of Florida. 2002: President George W. Bush signed into law the Department of Homeland Security and named Tom Ridge as head. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Pope John XXIII, 1881; Baseball player Joseph DiMaggio, 1914; Actor Ricardo Montalban, 1920; Actress Kathryn Crosby, 1933; Singer Percy Sledge, 1940; Game show host Ben Stein, 1944; Actor John Larroquette, 1947; Singer Amy Grant, 1960; Actress Jill Hennessy ("Crossing Jordan"), 1969; Actress Christina Applegate, 1971; Actress Katie Cassidy ("Melrose Place"), 1986. -- from Infopleae and Yahoo!News websites

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November 23, 2009

This Day in History: Nov. 24:

1642: Abel Tasman discovered Van Diemen's land, later renamed Tasmania. 1859: Darwin's Origin of Species was published. 1871: The National Rifle Association was incorporated. 1963: Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK's accused assassin, in the garage of Dallas police headquarters. 1971: D. B. Cooper parachuted from a Northwest Airlines flight with $200,000. -- from Inofplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): U.S. President Zachary Taylor, 1784; Painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1864; Writer William F. Buckley, Jr., 1925; Former Beatles drummer Pete Best, 1941; Bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn of Booker T. and the MG's, 1941; Actor Dwight Schultz ("The A-Team"), 1947; Actor Stanley Livingston ("My Three Sons"), 1950; Drummer Clem Burke of The Romantics and of Blondie, 1955; Actress Denise Crosby ("Star Trek: The Next Generation"), 1957; Actress Shae D'Lyn ("Dharma and Greg"), 1962; Guitarist John Squire of the Stone Roses, 1962; Guitarist Chad Taylor of Live, 1970; Actor Colin Hanks ("Roswell"), 1977; Actress Katherine Heigl ("Grey's Anatomy," "Roswell"), 1978. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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November 20, 2009

Upcoming Library Workshop!

The GSU Library offers many free workshops for students throughout the fall. Check out Formatting APA Paper, from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, in Room D2401B You can register online or in person at the Library’s Reference Desk. Walk-ins also are welcome.

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This Day in History: Nov. 23:

1889: The first jukebox was installed at the Palais Royal Saloon in San Francisco. 1936: First issue of Life magazine hit the newsstands. The cover photograph, by Margaret Bourke-White, featured the Fort Peck Dam. 1945: U.S. wartime food rationing, of meat, butter, and other foods, ended. 1971: People's Republic of China was seated at the UN Security Council. 2003: Eduard Shevardnadze resigned as president of Georgia. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): U.S. President Franklin Pierce, 1804; Outlaw William H. Bonney, A.K.A. Billie The Kid, 1859; Actor Boris Karloff, 1887; Actor Steve Landesberg ("Barney Miller"), 1945; Singer Bruce Hornsby, 1954; Actor John Henton ("The Hughleys," "Living Single"), 1960; "Good Morning America" co-host Robin Roberts, 1960; Singer-guitarist Ken Block of Sister Hazel, 1966; Drummer Charlie Grover of Sponge, 1966; Rapper Kurupt of Tha Dogg Pound, 1972; Actor Lucas Grabeel ("High School Musical"), 1984; Singer-actress Miley Cyrus, 1992; Actor Austin Majors ("NYPD Blue"), 1995. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Nov. 22:

1497: Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama became the first navigator to sail around the Cape of Good Hope in his search for a sea route to India. 1718: Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard the pirate, was killed off the east coast of North America. 1842: Mount St. Helens in Washington state erupted. Ash fallout reached as far as 48 miles away. 1906: "S-O-S" was adopted as a distress signal at the International Radio Telegraphic Convention in Berlin. 1943: President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek met in Cairo to discuss measures for defeating Japan. 1963: President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas. 1990: Margaret Thatcher announced her resignation as prime minister of the United Kingdom. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): First lady Abigail Adams, 1744; Novelist George Eliot, 1819; General Charles De Gaulle, 1890; Comedian Rodney Dangerfield, 1921; Actress Geraldine Page, 1924; Actor Robert Vaughn ("The Man from U.N.C.L.E."), 1932; Actor Michael Callan, 1935; Comedian-director Terry Gilliam ("Monty Python"), 1940; Singer Jesse Colin Young, of The Youngbloods, 1941; Tennis player Billie Jean King, 1943; Guitarist-actor Little Steven ("The Sopranos"), 1950; Bassist Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads, 1950; Actor Richard Kind ("Spin City," "Mad About You"), 1956; Actress Jamie Lee Curtis, 1958; Actress Mariel Hemingway, 1961; Actress Scarlett Johannson, 1984. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Nov. 21:

1783: With the Marquis d'Arlandes, Pilâtre de Rozier made the first free flight in a balloon, reaching a peak altitude of about 3,000 ft and traveling about 5 1/2 miles in 20 min. 1789: North Carolina became the 12th state. 1922: Georgia's Rebecca Felton was sworn into the U.S. Senate, becoming the first woman U.S. Senator. 1934: Cole Porter's musical Anything Goes opened in New York City. 1969: For the first time since 1930, the U.S. Senate rejected a Supreme Court nominee, Clement Haynsworth. 1973: The 18 1/2-minute gap in the Richard Nixon Watergate tapes was revealed. 1991: Egypt's Boutros Boutros-Ghali was chosen to become secretary-general by the UN Security Council. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): french philosopher Voltaire, 1694; Painter Rene Magritte, 1898; Actor Joseph Campanella ("The Colbys," "Ben"), 1927; Country singer Jean Shepard is 76. Actress Marlo Thomas, 1937; Singer Dr. John, 1940; Actress Juliet Mills ("Passions", "Nanny and the Professor"), 1941; Actor-director Harold Ramis, 1944; Actress Goldie Hawn, 1945; Keyboardist Lonnie Jordan of War, 1948; Actress-singer Lorna Luft, 1952; Actress Cherry Jones ("The Horse Whisperer"), 1956; Bassist Brian Ritchie of Violent Femmes, 1960; Christian singer Steven Curtis Chapman, 1962; Singer Bjork, 1965; Rapper Pretty Lou of Lost Boyz, 1971; Country singer Kelsi Osborn of SHeDAISY, 1974; Actress Jena Malone ("Saved," "Life As A House"), 1984. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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November 19, 2009

Today in History: Nov. 20:

1789: New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.
1910: Francisco Madero began an armed revolt against the president of Mexico, Porfirio Diaz. 1945: The war crimes trials of 24 German World War II leaders began in Nuremberg, Germany. 1947: The future Queen Elizabeth II married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Ediburgh.
1962: President John F. Kennedy agreed to lift the American blockade of Cuba, ending the Cuban missile crisis. 1975: Spain's General Francisco Franco died. 2000: Peru's president Alberto Fujimori resigned. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Astronomer Edwin Hubble, 1889; Journalist Alistair Cooke, 1908; Sen. Robert Byrd, 1917; Sen. Robert Kennedy, 1925; TV personality Richard Dawson, 1932; Comedian Dick Smothers, 1938; Musician Joe Walsh, 1947; Actress Bo Derek, 1956; Drummer Jim Brown of UB40, 1957; Actress Sean Young, 1959; Drummer Todd Nance of Widespread Panic, 1962; Actress Ming-Na ("ER"), 1963; Rapper Mike D of the Beastie Boys, 1965; Rapper Sen Dog of Cypress Hill, 1965; Actress Marisa Ryan ("New York Undercover"), 1974; Country singer Josh Turner, 1977; Actress Nadine Velazquez ("My Name Is Earl"), 1978; Bassist Jared Followill of Kings of Leon, 1986. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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November 18, 2009

This Day in History: Nov. 19:

1703: A masked man held prisoner in the Bastille in Paris died. His true identity was the cause of much intrigue, and his story became the basis of literary works by François Voltaire and Alexandre Dumas.
1794: John Jay and Lord Grenville signed Jay's Treaty. 1863: Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the national cemetery on the Civil War battlefield of Gettysburg, Pa. 1977: Egyptian president Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to visit Israel. 1985: Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev met for the first time in Geneva. 1990: Milli Vanilli's Grammy award was rescinded after it was discovered they didn't do their own singing. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): President James A. Garfield, 1831; Political leader Indira Gandhi, 1917; Actor Alan Young ("Mr. Ed"), 1919; TV personality Larry King, 1933; Talk show host Dick Cavett, 1936: Business executive Ted Turner, 1938; Fashion designer Calvin Klein, 1942; Sportscaster Ahmad Rashad, 1949; Actor Robert Beltran ("Star Trek: Voyager"), 1953; Actress Glynnis O'Connor, 1955; Astronaut Eileen Collins, 1956; Drummer Matt Sorum of Velvet Revolver, 1960; Actress Meg Ryan, 1961; Actress Jodie Foster, 1962; Actress Terry Farrell ("Becker"); 1963; Singer Jason Albert of Heartland, 1973; Dancer-choreographer Savion Glover, 1973; Singer Tamika Scott of Xscape, 1975; Rapper Lil' Mo, 1977. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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November 17, 2009

This Day in History: Nov. 18:

1820: Captain Nathaniel Palmer discovered Antarctica. 1883: Standard time began in the United States. 1886: Chester A. Arthur, the 21st president of the United States (1881–1885), died in New York at 56.
1928: Mickey Mouse made his debut in Steamboat Willie. 1976: Spain's parliament approved a bill to establish a democracy after 37 years of dictatorship. 1978: Jim Jones, a U.S. pastor, led 914 of his followers to their deaths at Jonestown, Guyana, by drinking a cyanide-laced fruit drink. Cult members who refused to swallow the drink were shot. 2003: The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that the right to same sex marriage was guaranteed by the state constitution. 2004: The UN Security Council held a two-day session in Nairobi. This was the first time it had convened outside of New York headquarters. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Photography pioneer Louis Daguerre, 1789; Pollster George Horace Gallup,1901; Astronaut Alan B. Shepard, 1923; Novelist Margaret Atwood, 1939; Actress Brenda Vaccaro, 1939; Actress Linda Evans, 1942; former Cherokee Nation Chief Wilma Mankiller, 1945; Actor Jameson Parker, 1947; Singer Graham Parker, 1950; Actor Oscar Nunez ("The Office"), 1958; Singer Kim Wilde, 1960; Actress Elizabeth Perkins, 1960; Guitarist Kirk Hammett of Metallica, 1962; Singer Tim DeLaughter of Polyphonic Spree (and Tripping Daisy), 1965; Actor Owen Wilson ("The Royal Tenenbaums," "Zoolander"), 1968; Singer Duncan Sheik, 1969; Rapper Fabolous, 1979; Rapper Mike Jones, 1980; Actor Nathan Cress ("iCarly"), 1992. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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November 16, 2009

This Week's Workshops!

The GSU Library offers many free workshops for students throughout the fall. Check out Formatting an APA Paper, from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, in Room D2401B; Online Teaching/Web Conferencing: Horizon Wimba, from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in Room D2430;
Formatting an APA Style Paper, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in Room D2401B; and Basic Blogging, from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, in Room D2401B. You can register online or in person at the Library’s Reference Desk. Walk-ins also are welcome.

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This Day in History: Nov. 17:

1558: Queen Elizabeth I of England ascended to the throne upon the death of her half-sister Queen Mary. 1800: Congress met in Washington, DC, for the first time. 1869: The Suez Canal opened in Egypt. 1917: Sculptor Auguste Rodin died in Meudon, France. 1968:
Night of the "Heidi bowl:" NBC switched from football to movie of Heidi. In the missing 42 seconds, the lagging Raiders scored two touchdowns, defeating the Jets. 1973: President Nixon said "I am not a crook." 1989: The beginning of the "Velvet Revolution," which led to the downfall of communism in Czechoslovakia. 2003: Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in as governor of California. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): King of France Louis XVIII, 1755; Actor Rock Hudson, 1925; Guitarist Gerry McGee of The Ventures, 1937; Singer Gordon Lightfoot, 1938; Movie director Martin Scorsese, 1942; Actress Lauren Hutton, 1943; "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels. 1944; Actor-director Danny DeVito, 1944; Actor Stephen Root ("King of the Hill," "NewsRadio"), 1951; Actress Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, 1958; Actor William Moses, 1959; Entertainer RuPaul. 1960; Actor Dylan Walsh ("Nip/Tuck," "Brooklyn Bridge"), 1963; Actress-model Daisy Fuentes, 1966; Singer Ronnie DeVoe of New Edition and Bell Biv DeVoe, 1967; Keyboardist Ben Wilson of Blues Traveler, 1967; Actress Leslie Bibb ("ER," "Popular"), 1973; Actor Brandon Call ("Step By Step"), 1976; Country singer Aaron Lines, 1977; Actress Rachel McAdams ("Wedding Crashers"), 1978; Guitarist Isaac Hanson of Hanson, 1980; Actor Justin Cooper ("Liar, Liar"), 1989; Actress Raquel Castro ("Jersey Girl"), 1994. -- from Infoplese and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Nov. 16:

1864: General Sherman and his troops began their "March to the sea" during the Civil War. 1907: Oklahoma became the 46th state. 1933:
The United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations. 1973: President Nixon signed the bill authorizing the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. 2004: President George W. Bush nominated Condoleezza Rice to replace Colin Powell as secretary of state. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Second Roman Emperor Tiberius, 42 B.C.; Actor Burgess Meredith, 1907; Writer Chinua Achebe, 1930; Actress Marg Helgenberger ("CSI"), 1958; Country singer-guitarist Keith Burns of Trick Pony, 1963; Jazz singer Diana Krall, 1964; Guitarist Dave Kushner of Velvet Revolver, 1966; Actress Lisa Bonet, 1967; Actress Tammy Lauren ("Wanda at Large," "Martial Law"), 1968; Singer Bryan Abrams of Color Me Badd, 1969; Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, 1977; Singer Trevor Penick of O-Town, 1979; Actor Noah Gray-Cabey ("Heroes," "My Wife and Kids"), 1995. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Nov. 15:

1763: Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon began surveying the Mason-Dixon line. 1777: The Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation, the precursor to the U.S. Constitution.
1806: Explorer Zebulon Pike spotted the mountaintop now known as Pikes Peak. 1939: The cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial was laid by President Roosevelt. 1969: About 250,000 protesters against the Vietnam War, the largest war protest ever, converged peacefully on Washington, DC. 2002: Hu Jintao replaced Jiang Zemin as China's Communist Party leader. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Statesman William Pitt, 1708; Painter Georgia O'Keeffe, 1887; Nov. 15: "People's Court" Judge Joseph Wapner, 1919; Actor Ed Asner, 1929; Singer Petula Clark, 1932; Actress Joanna Barnes ("Spartacus," "The Parent Trap"), 1934; Actor Yaphet Kotto ("Homicide: Life On The Street"), 1939; Actor Sam Waterston ("Law and Order"), 1940; Singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad of ABBA, 1945; Actor James Widdoes ("Animal House"), 1953; Bandleader Kevin Eubanks ("The Jay Leno Show"), 1957; Rapper E-40, 1967; Country singer Jack Ingram, 1970; Drummer David Carr of Third Day, 1974; Singer Chad Kroeger of Nickelback, 1974; Drummer Jesse Sandoval of The Shins, 1974; Actor Sean Murray ("NCIS"), 1977. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Nov. 14:

1851: Herman Melville's novel "Moby Dick" was published. 1889: Nellie Bly set out to beat Jules Verne's fictional Phileas Fogg's time of 80 days to travel around the world. She did it in 72. 1922: The British Broadcasting Corporation began its domestic radio service. 1969: Apollo 12, the second manned lunar expedition, was launched. 1995: The U.S. federal government began a partial shut down of government services after the U.S. Congress could not pass a budget. 2002: Nancy Pelosi of California became the first woman to lead a party in Congress. 2003:The most distant object ever found in our solar system, named Sedna, was discovered by astronomers at the Mount Palomar Observatory. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Inventor Robert Fulton, 1765; Painter Claude Monet, 1840; First Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru,1869; First Lady Mamie Eisenhower, 1896; Composer Aaron Copland, 1900; former Secretary General of the U.N. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, 1922; Jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis, 1934; Prince Charles, 1948; Government Official Condoleezza Rice, 1954; Pianist Yanni, 1954; Actor D.B. Sweeney, 1961; Actress Laura San Giacomo, 1961; Rapper Reverend Run of Run-DMC, 1964; Actor Patrick Warburton ("Seinfeld"), 1964. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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November 12, 2009

This Day in History: Nov. 13:

1775: U.S. forces, under the command of Gen. Richard Montgomery, captured Montreal during the American Revolution. 1927: The world's first long, mechanically ventilated underwater tunnel, the Holland Tunnel, opened between New York and New Jersey. 1940: Walt Disney's Fantasia debuted. 1942: The minimum draft age was lowered from 21 to 18. 1946: Vincent Schaefer produced artificial snow from a natural cloud for the first time at Mount Greylock in Massachusetts. 1956:
The Supreme Court struck down laws calling for racial segregation on buses. 1982: The Vietnam War Memorial, designed by Maya Lin, was dedicated in Washington, DC. 2001: The Taliban abandoned Afghanistan's capital of Kabul when the Northern Alliance entered the city. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Theologian Saint Augustine, 354; Novelist Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850; Actress Madeleine Sherwood (“The Flying Nun”), 1922; Producer-director-actor Garry Marshall, 1934; Actor Joe Mantegna, 1947; Actress Sheila Frazier (“Superfly”), 1948; ctress Frances Conroy (“Six Feet Under”), 1953; Actor Chris Noth (“Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” “Sex and the City”), 1954; Actress Whoopi Goldberg, 1955; Actor Rex Linn (“CSI: Miami”), 1956; Actor Neil Flynn (“Scrubs”), 1960; Comedian Jimmy Kimmel, 1967; Actress Aisha Hinds (“True Blood”), 1975; Actress Monique Coleman (“High School Musical”), 1980. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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November 11, 2009

This Day in History: Nov. 12:

1920: Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was elected the first commissioner of baseball. 1927: Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party and Joseph Stalin became the ruler of the Soviet Union. 1942: The World War II battle of Guadalcanal begins. 1954:
Ellis Island stopped serving as the chief immigration station for the United States. Twenty million immigrants went through Ellis Island in its 62 years of operation. 1970: A cyclone and tidal wave hit East Pakistan, killing over 200,000 people. 1981: The space shuttle Columbia was launched for the second time. It was the first time a space vehicle was used more than once. 1990: Akihito becomes emperor of Japan. 1997: Ramzi Yousef, the man behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, was convicted in New York. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Sculptor Auguste Rodin, 1840; Founder of modern China Sun Yat-Sen, 1866; Princess Grace of Monaco, 1929; Organist Booker T. Jones of Booker T. and the MG's, 1964; Musician Neil Young, 1945; Gymnast Nadia Comaneci, 1961; Actress Megan Mullally ("Will and Grace"), 1958; Actor Sam Lloyd ("Scrubs"), 1963; Actress Tamala Jones ("The Brothers"), 1974; Actress Angela Watson ("Step By Step"), 1975; Actor Ryan Gosling, 1980; Bassist Chris Huffman of Casting Crowns, 1980; Actress Anne Hathaway ("The Princess Diaries"), 1982; Singer Omarion (B2K), 1984. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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November 10, 2009

This Day in History: Nov. 11:

First of all, Happy Veterans Day, and thank you.

1620: The Mayflower Compact was signed by Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower. It would provide the basis for all governments of the American colonies. 1831: Former slave Nat Turner was executed. 1889:
Washington became the 42nd state. 1918: The Allies and Germany signed an armistice ending World War I. 1921: The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was dedicated in Arlington National Cemetery. 1965: Rhodesia proclaimed its independence from Britain. 1992: The Church of England voted to ordain women as priests. 2004: Yasir Arafat, chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, died in Paris. Mahmoud Abbas was elected to take his place. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky, 1821; General George Patton, 1885; Writer Kurt Vonnegut Jr., 1922; Comedian Jonathan Winters, 1925; Writer Carlos Fuentes, 1928; Singer LaVern Baker, 1929; Singer-keyboardist Paul Cowsill of The Cowsills, 1952; Singer Marshall Crenshaw, 1953; Singer-guitarist Andy Partridge of XTC, 1953; Synthesizer player Ian Craig Marsh of Human League and Heaven 17, 1956; Actress Demi Moore, 1962; Actress Calista Flockhart ("Brothers and Sisters," "Ally McBeal"), 1964; Actor Philip McKeon ("Alice"), 1964; Drummer Scott Mercado of Candlebox, 1964; TV personality Carson Kressley ("Queer Eye For The Straight Guy"), 1969; Actor David DeLuise ("Wizards of Waverly Place"), 1971; Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, 1974. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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November 09, 2009

This Day in History: Nov. 10:

1871: Journalist and explorer Henry Stanley found the missing David Livingstone in Central Africa and made his famous comment, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" 1928: Hirohito was crowned Emperor of Japan.
1951: The first-long distance telephone call without operator assistance took place. 1969: Sesame Street premiered on PBS TV. 1970: The Great Wall of China opened to the world for tourism. 1982: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial opened in Washington, DC. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Protestant reformer Martin Luther, 1483; Actor Claude Rains, 1889; Actor Russell Johnson ("Gilligan's Island"), 1924; Actor Richard Burton, 1925; Singer-guitarist Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, 1947;Actor Jack Scalia, 1950; Actor-comedian Sinbad, 1956; Actress Mackenzie Phillips ("One Day At A Time"), 1959; Comedian Tommy Davidson ("In Living Color"), 1963; Actor Michael Jai White, 1964; Country singer Chris Cagle, 1968; Comedian Tracy Morgan ("30 Rock"), 1968; Actress Ellen Pompeo ("Grey's Anatomy"), 1969; Rapper Warren G,1970; Actress Brittany Murphy ("8 Mile," "Girl, Interrupted"), 1977; Rapper Eve, 1978; Country singer Miranda Lambert, 1983; Actor Josh Peck ("Drake and Josh"), 1986. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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November 07, 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, Nov. 9 in Room D2401C; Formatting APA Paper 6th Ed, 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, in D2401B; Plagiarism Detection Software: TurnItIn, 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, in D2401B; and
Basic Blogging, 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in D2401B. You can register online or in person at the Library’s Reference Desk. Walk-ins also are welcome.

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November 05, 2009

This Day in History: Nov. 8:

1889: Montana became the 41st state. 1892: Former president Grover Cleveland beat incumbent Benjamin Harrison and became the only president to win nonconsecutive terms in the White House. 1923: Adolf Hitler attempted, and failed, to seize control of the German government in the Beer Hall Putsch. 1960: John F. Kennedy defeated Richard M. Nixon for the presidency of the United States. 1966:
Edward W. Brooke of Massachusetts became the first African-American to be elected to the U.S. Senate since Reconstruction. 1994: After a 40-year Democrat domination, the Republican Party gained control of the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as a Senate majority. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Astronomer Edmond Halley, 1656; Novelist Bram Stoker, 1847; Novelist Margaret Mitchell, 1900;
Actor Norman Lloyd ("St. Elsewhere"), 1914; Surgeon Christiaan Barnard, 1923; Singer Patti Page, 1927; CBS newsman Morley Safer, 1931; Singer Bonnie Raitt, 1949; "Entertainment Tonight" host Mary Hart, 1950; Former Playboy CEO Christie Hefner, 1952; Actress Alfre Woodard, 1952; Singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones, 1954; Singer-actor Leif Garrett, 1961; Singer Diana King, 1970; Actor Matthew Rhys ("Brothers and Sisters"), 1974; Actress Tara Reid ("American Pie"), 1975; Singer Bucky Covington ("American Idol"), 1977; TV personality Jack Osbourne ("The Osbournes"), 1985; Actress Jessica Lowndes ("90210"), 1988. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Nov. 7:

1874: The Republican Party was first symbolized as an elephant in a cartoon drawn by Thomas Nast in Harper's Weekly magazine. 1916: Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to Congress. 1917: Vladimir Lenin's forces overthrew Alexander Kerensky's government in Russia's Bolshevik Revolution. 1944: President Franklin D. Roosevelt won a fourth term in office, defeating Thomas E. Dewey. 1962: Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt died in New York City at age 78. 1967: Carl Stokes of Cleveland became the first African-American mayor of a major U.S. city. 1989:
L. Douglas Wilder was elected governor of Virginia. He became the nation's first elected black governor. 2000: The U.S. went to the polls to choose between George W. Bush and Al Gore. The outcome wouldn't be known for more than a month because of disputed votes in Florida.-- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Physicist Madame Marie Curie, 1867; Revolutionary Leon Trotsky, 1879; Evangelist Billy Graham, 1918; Singer Johnny Rivers, 1942; Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell,1943; Actor Christopher Knight ("The Brady Bunch"), 1957; Actor Jeremy London ("Party of Five"), 1972; Actor Jason London ("The Rage: Carrie Two"), 1972; Actress Yunjin Kim ("Lost"), 1973. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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This Day in History: Nov. 6:

1860: Abraham Lincoln was elected president of the United States. 1861: Jefferson Davis was elected president of the Confederate States of America. 1869: The first intercollegiate soccer game took place (Rutgers 6, Princeton 4). 1893: Composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky died in St. Petersburg, Russia, at age 53. 1913: Mohandas Gandhi led a march of miners in South Africa. He was arrested three times in the first four days of the march. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Composer John Philip Sousa, 1854; Baseball inventor James Naismith, 1861; Director Mike Nichols, 1931; Country singer Stonewall Jackson, 1932; Actress Sally Field, 1946; Singer Glenn Frey,1948; Actress Lori Singer ("Fame," "Footloose"), 1957; Singer Corey Glover of Living Colour, 1964; Actor Peter DeLuise ("seaQuest DSV," "21 Jump Street"), 1966; Actress Kelly Rutherford ("Melrose Place"), 1968; Actor Ethan Hawke, 1970; Model-actress Rebecca Romijn, 1972; Actress Taryn Manning, 1978; Actress Emma Stone ("Zombieland," "Superbad"), 1988. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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November 04, 2009

This Day in History: Nov. 5:

1605: The Gunpowder Plot to blow up the English Parliament failed. 1872: Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for trying to vote in the presidential election (she was trying to vote for President Grant).
1895: George B. Selden of Rochester, N.Y., received the first U.S. patent for an automobile. 1940: President Franklin D. Roosevelt won an unprecedented third term in office when he defeated Wendell L. Willkie. 1968: The first black woman representative to serve in Congress, Shirley Chisholm, was elected. 1974: Ella T. Grasso became the first woman to win a gubernatorial office without succeeding her husband. 1994: At 45, George Foreman, became the oldest heavyweight champion when he knocked out Michael Moorer in the 10th round of their WBA fight in Las Vegas. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): American Socialist leader Eugene V. Debs, 1855; Cowboy actor Roy Rogers, 1911; Actress Vivien Leigh, 1913; Actor Chris Robinson ("General Hospital"), 1938; Actress Elke Summer, 1940; Singer Art Garfunkel, 1941; Actor-playwright Sam Shepard, 1943; Singer Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits, 1947; Actor Nestor Serrano ("24"), 1955; Actor Robert Patrick ("The X-Files"), 1958; Singer Bryan Adams, 1959; Actress Tatum O'Neal, 1963; Singer Angelo Moore of Fishbone, 1965; Actress Judy Reyes ("Scrubs"), 1967; Country singers Jennifer and Heather Kinley of The Kinleys, 1970; Guitarist-keyboardist Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, 1971; Actor Corin Nemec ("Parker Lewis Can't Lose"), 1971; Singer-guitarist Ryan Adams, 1974; Guitarist Kevin Jonas of The Jonas Brothers, 1987. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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November 03, 2009

This Day in History: Nov. 4:

1842: Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd in Springfield, Ill. 1880:
James and John Ritty of Dayton, Ohio, patented the first cash register. 1922: Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen in Egypt. 1924: Nellie T. Ross of Wyoming was elected the nation's first woman governor, to serve out the term of her husband who died in office. 1956: Russian troops attacked Budapest and crushed the Hungarian revolt under Premier Imre Nagy. 1979: The American embassy in Tehran, Iran, was seized by militants and 90 Americans were taken hostage. 1995: Israeli Prime Minister, and Nobel Laureate, Yitzhak Rabin, was assassinated by a right-wing Israeli. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Humorist Will Rogers, 1879; Broadcaster Walter Cronkite, 1916; Actor Art Carney, 1918; Actress Doris Roberts ("Everybody Loves Raymond", 1930; Actress Loretta Swit ("MASH"), 1937; Former First Lady Laura Bush, 1946; Singer-guitarist Chris Difford of Squeeze, 1954; Country singer Kim Forester of the Forester Sisters, 1960; Actress Kathy Griffin, 1960; "Survivor" host Jeff Probst, 1961; Actor Matthew McConaughey, 1969; Rapper-producer Diddy (Sean Combs), 1969; Singer Shawn Rivera of Az Yet, 1971; Actress Heather Tom ("Bold and the Beautiful," "One Life To Live"), 1975. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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November 02, 2009

This Day in History: Nov. 3:

1839: The first Opium War between China and Britain broke out. 1903:
Panama proclaimed its independence from Colombia. 1952: Clarence Birdseye marketed the first frozen peas. 1957: The Soviet Union sent the first animal, a dog named Laika, into space aboard the Sputnik II. Laika died in orbit. 1986: A Lebanese magazine broke the story of U.S. arms sales to Iran, leading to the Iran-Contra affair. 1992: Carol Moseley-Braun became the first black woman elected to the U.S. Senate. 2004: Hamid Karzai was declared the winner in Afghanistan's first presidential election. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Texas colonization leader Stephen Fuller Austin, 1793: Poet William Bryant, 1794; Photographer Walker Evans, 1903; Actor Charles Bronson, 1921; Politician Michael Dukakis, 1933; Actor-dancer Ken Berry ("Mayberry R.F.D."; "Mama's Family"), 1933; Singer Lulu, 1948; Actress-comedian Roseanne Barr, 1952; Actress Kathy Kinney ("The Drew Carey Show"), 1953; Actress Kate Capshaw, 1953; Comedian Dennis Miller , 1953; Singer Adam Ant, 1954; Actor Dolph Lundgren ("Rocky IV"), 1957. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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