July 02, 2008
4th of July Trivia
Did you know that:
we commemorate the formal adoption by the Continental Congress of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia and not the signing which was in August 1776?Source: 4th of July - Independence Day - History.com
the holiday was first observed in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776, at which time the Declaration of Independence was read aloud, city bells rang, and bands played?Source: 4th of July - Independence Day - History.com
the 4th of July was not declared a legal holiday until 1941.Source: 4th of July - Independence Day - History.com
in July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation was 2.5 million? Source: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970 http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/statab.html
the nation’s population on this July Fourth is 304 million. Source: Population clock http://www.census.gov/main/www/popclock.html
$207 million was the value of fireworks imported from China in 2007, representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imported ($217 million). U.S. exports of fireworks, by comparison, came to just $14.9 million in 2007, with Japan purchasing more than any other country ($3.8 million). Source: Foreign Trade Statistics
Test your Fireworks Safety IQ by going to Firework Safety http://www.usacitylink.com/usa/safety.html and taking the quiz.
March 17, 2008
St. Patrick's Day
Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!
The following information comes from http://www.irishabroad.comDid you know?
St. Patrick: fact and fantasy
- St. Patrick is supposed to have driven the snakes out of Ireland. Certainly, there are no snakes in Ireland — but there are none in New Zealand either and St. Patrick never visited there. The story that St. Patrick banished the snakes is more likely to have been invented in the 12th century by a Northumbrian monk named Jocelyn.
- The first St. Patrick’s Day parade on record was held in New York in 1762 and seems to have been primarily designed as a recruiting rally by the English army in North America. Nowadays, St. Patrick’s Day parades are held on almost every continent of the world.
- St. Patrick’s Day is also a public holiday on the Caribbean island of Monsterrat. The origins of the island’s celebrations date back to the 17th century when Oliver Cromwell was instrumental in forcing quite a number of Irish immigrants to move there. Names like Murphy, Kirwan and O’Malley are still commonplace on the island.
- Legend has it that St. Patrick used a three-leafed shamrock as a teaching aid to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan King Laoghaire.
If you are interesting in reading more about St. Patrick, visit IrishAboard.com
April 14, 2007
Holocaust Remembrance Day
What is Holocaust Remembrance Day and how was it chosen?
It has been over 60 years since the Holocaust. To survivors, the Holocaust remains real and ever-present, but for some others, sixty years makes the Holocaust seem part of ancient history. Year-round we try to teach and inform others about the horrors of the Holocaust. We confront the questions of what happened? How did it happen? How could it happen? Could it happen again? We attempt to fight against ignorance with education and against disbelief with proof.
But there is one day in the year when we make a special effort to remember (Zachor). Upon this one day, we remember those that suffered, those that fought, and those that died. Six million Jews were murdered. Many families were completely decimated.
To finish reading the above article, go to:
Rosenberg, J. (2007). Yom Hashoah. Retrieved April 13, 2007, from About: 20th Century History Web site: http://history1900s.about.com/cs/holocaust/a/yomhashoah.htm
For more information on the Holocaust:
AMIT , Holocaust Remembrance Day. Retrieved April 13, 2007, from Holocaust Remembrance Day Web site: http://www.amit.org.il/learning/english/Holocaust/index.htm
ushmm.org, (2007). United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Retrieved April 13, 2007, from United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Web site: http://www.ushmm.org/
Read more about the Holocaust:
Millen, R. L. (1996). New perspectives on the Holocaust : a guide for teachers and scholars. New York, NY: New York University Press.
Niewyk, D. & Nicosia, F. (2000). The Columbia guide to the Holocaust. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.
REF. D804.3 .N542000
To find more books on the Holocaust, search the Library Catalog.