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Today in History with a Twist: December 10, 2013
1906 - Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first American to win a Nobel Prize when he wins the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating the peace treaty ending the Russo-Japanese War. He would call Japan's sneak attack on Port Arthur to start the war a brilliant military maneuver. - Shouldn't have encouraged them.
1978 - Prime Minister of Israel Menachem Begin and President of Egypt Anwar Sadat are jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating peace between their two countries. Unfortunately it would cost Sadat his life. - Can't trust the Brotherhood.
1993 - Nelson Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 together with Frederik Willem de Klerk for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa. Nelson Mandela died on 5 December.
Toast the winners with a Lager. It’s National Lager Day! Lager is a type of German beer that is bottom fermented and lightly hopped. It is usually stored for at least three weeks after brewing before it is served. Lager is the dominant style of beer throughout the world, except in England where ale is the favorite style. The only real difference between ale and lager is that ales ferment and age quickly at warm temperatures, while lagers ferment and age slowly at cool temperatures. These different types of fermentation allow for a vast difference in flavor and aroma. (Punchbowl.com) To celebrate National Lager Day, head to Hunter Gather tonight at seven for the Library's Young Professionals book exchange. Bring in a book to exchange and pick up something to take home, book that is, and tip a few with us while you are there.
1935 - The first Downtown Athletic Club Trophy, later renamed the Heisman Trophy, is awarded to halfback Jay Berwanger of the University of Chicago. - Yes the University of Chicago used to have top line football program.
1884 - Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is published for the first time. - Even back then many people couldn't see past the words to get the message. Fun fact: One of America's classic novels was published in England and Canada before being released in the United States.
1965 - The Grateful Dead's first concert performance under this new name. One of the great bands of all time. Only broke up with the death of Jerry Garcia in 2005. Several spinoff bands still exist. - Dead Heads will never go away, bet they are ready for the Zombie apocalypse.
1955 - The Mighty Mouse Playhouse premieres on television. - My favorite program when I was a young kid. Still remember the episode where the evil cats were freezing the mice and turning them into mousecicles, great television.
1851 - Melvil Dewey - American librarian, created the Dewey Decimal System (d. 1931) - Bye, Bye Dewey system.
1956 - Rod Blagojevich - 40th Governor of Illinois - Talked about yesterday, twice in one week is two times too many.
To learn more about the above topics check out the following books from the Library's collection:
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The first authorized and definitive biography of the man whose life has been memorialized by the eponymous Heisman Trophy, written by his great-nephew. To the select fraterni more...
The first authorized and definitive biography of the man whose life has been memorialized by the eponymous Heisman Trophy, written by his great-nephew. To the select fraternity of men who have won the Heisman Trophy since its inception in 1935, the award is so much more than just a football trophy. The Heisman is a national symbol of collegiate football experience and competitiveness. Over time, it has become the single most celebrated individual award in all of American sports. Although the Heisman Trophy is old, it does not age. If anything, its impact gets stronger every year. No other individual award captures the country’s imagination like the Heisman does. From the very first time toe meets leather to kick off a college football season, fans across the country begin debating which players will be the top Heisman Trophy candidates. While the Heisman Trophy is the most famous individual award in sports, very little is known about John W. Heisman, the man the Downtown Athletic Club of New York chose to honor in 1936 by naming its national player of the year award for him. In Heisman: The Man Behind the Trophy, John M. Heisman, the legendary coach’s great-nephew, and New York Times bestselling author Mark Schlabach offer college football fans across the country the first authorized and definitive biography of the man whose life has been memorialized by the Heisman Trophy. After combing through thousands of pages of Heisman’s personal documents, writings, playbooks, and never-before-published correspondence with some of college football’s most famous coaches, the authors have chronicled Heisman’s life from a young boy growing up on the oil fields of northwest Pennsylvania to eventually becoming one of the sport’s most innovative and successful coaches. less...
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"All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Hucklberry Finn." (Ernest Heminway) Of all the contenders for the title of The Great American more...
"All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Hucklberry Finn." (Ernest Heminway) Of all the contenders for the title of The Great American Novel, none has a better claim than The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Intended at first as a simple story of a boy's adventures in the Mississippi Valley—a sequel to Tom Sawyer—the book grew and matured under Twain's hand into a work of immeasurable richness and complexity. More than a century after its publication, the critical debate over the symbolic significance of Huck's and Jim's voyage is still fresh, and it remains a major work that can be enjoyed at many levels: as an incomparable adventure story and as a classic of American humor. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction by John Seelye, author of The True Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and explanatory notes by Guy Cardwell.For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. less...
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If paradox is your pleasure, the Grateful Dead will never let you down. Born of the millennial yearnings of Haight Ashbury in the 1960s and founded on the principles of innova more...
If paradox is your pleasure, the Grateful Dead will never let you down. Born of the millennial yearnings of Haight Ashbury in the 1960s and founded on the principles of innovation and fierce independence, the Dead became the longest-running show in American history and the centerpiece of a vast underground community whose loyalty appears undiminished. How the Dead, alone among the avatars of the rebellious '60s, survived to speak to successive generations is the subject of this intensely provocative and personal narrative. Social critic and biographer Carol Brightman, who was active in the political struggles of the era, presents a Whitmanesque tableau of America's colliding countercultures. Here the Dead--with their original fancy for the Beats and fondness for folk, bluegrass, and blues; their immersion in psychedelics; and their longing for a separate reality--appear alongside those they shunned: the radicals across the Bay in Berkeley. The Free Speech Movement, antiwar rallies, and trips to Vietnam and Cuba are re-created alongside Ken Kesey's Acid Tests, San Francisco be-ins, LSD trips, large and small, and rock festivals across the country. And gradually we see that while the zenith of the Grateful Dead experience was the moment of abandon to music, drugs, and dance, it was as a safe haven from the turmoil beyond the gates that the music and the culture won their place in the hearts of fans. No stranger paradox emerges in these pages than the role the CIA played as Johnny Appleseed to an infant drug culture. With its LSD-testing programs in college towns, such as the one where Ken Kesey and Robert Hunter, later Garcia's lyricist, first tasted the forbidden fruit, the CIA sowed the seeds of the chemical manipulations of consciousness that remain a leitmotiv of the Dead's culture of enchantment. Meanwhile, a new portrait of the nonleader leader emerges, as those closest to Jerry Garcia, particularly his second wife, Mountain Girl, speak of his passions and his demons. We see Garcia as a musical existentialist enamored of tradition, a man possessed of a strange, all-encompassing influence who held to a vision of the Grateful Dead's destiny even as he recoiled from the juggernaut it became. An absorbing and exhilarating exploration of a major chapter in America's cultural history, Sweet Chaos gives us, at last, an understanding of why the Dead means so much to so many. less...