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Today in History with a Twist: September 4, 2013

Geronimo Captured!

     After thirty years of fighting with American and Mexican authorities (1886), Apache leader Geronimo and his remaining warriors have surrendered to General Nelson Miles in Arizona.  The end came after a year long pursuit by The U.S. Cavalry that ended in Mexico.  The capture could not have occurred without the enlistment of other Apache as scouts to lead the Army to Geronimo.

     Let's remember another group whose freedom is threatened; It's National Wildlife Day!  Today is a celebration of all the amazing creatures in nature.  It is also an opportunity to raise awareness about the many endangered species in this country and around the world.  Do you have a zoo or animal sanctuary in your area?  It's quite possible that people in your community are already working hard to preserve animal life and educate the public about conservation.  You can learn more about these important issues on the Land Conservation and Advocacy Trust website.  National Wildlife Day is a great day to visit your local zoo, adopt a pet, donate to your favorite animal shelter, or volunteer to help in any way you can.  Help make a difference! (Punchbowl.com)

     In defiance on the Supreme Court decision on school integration (1957) Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus has called out the National Guard to prevent African American students from enrolling in Central High School.  Those kids must really be dangerous.

     The once mighty Rome is no more (476).  The last Emperor, Romulus Augustulus, of the Western Roman Empire has been deposed when the Goth leader Odoacer proclaimed himself "King of Italy", thus ending the Western Roman Empire.  What's next EMO armies taking over the Eastern Empire?

      Fires continue to Burn in London (1666), the fire which two days ago has reached its peak, over 13,000 houses have been destroyed and at least 90% of the population has been displaced.  Maybe there really is something to this 666 thing.

     Here in South Carolina (1950) the Darlington Raceway has instituted the inaugural Southern 500, it is the first 500-mile NASCAR race.  Bet none of their shine runs were ever that long. 

     Writing term papers has just gotten a lot easier (1998).  The search engine Google was founded today by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University.  Who needs encyclopedias; If it's on the Internet it has to be true.

Today we celebrate the birthdays of:

     1912 - Syd Hoff - Author and cartoonist (d. 2004) - Wrote the book (Danny and the Dinosaur) that was my favorite when I was four years.

     1918 - Paul Harvey - Radio host (d. 2009) - "And that's the rest of the story."

To learn more about the above topics check out the following books from the library's collection:


Amazon Says: In the early 1900s, when Geronimo was taken prisoner, Barrett commissioned an interpreter to interview the Native American warrior. Told in his own words, this is the story o more...
Amazon Says: In the early 1900s, when Geronimo was taken prisoner, Barrett commissioned an interpreter to interview the Native American warrior. Told in his own words, this is the story of his life and people. less...
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Amazon Says: This fun but practical month-by-month guide is an ideal introduction to the pleasures of wildlife gardening. In this beautiful book, Schneck has created a working handbook for more...
Amazon Says: This fun but practical month-by-month guide is an ideal introduction to the pleasures of wildlife gardening. In this beautiful book, Schneck has created a working handbook for wildlife lovers, with projects, notes, checklists, and advice for each month of the year. Readers will find out how to grow and use all the wildlife-attracting plants mentioned, and delightful "critter" profiles bring wildlife visitors closer than ever. 150 full-color photos. less...
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Amazon Says: In the fall of 1957, Gov. Orval Faubus used the Arkansas National Guard to prohibit nine black students from entering a white high school. Papers from a 1997 conference held t more...
Amazon Says: In the fall of 1957, Gov. Orval Faubus used the Arkansas National Guard to prohibit nine black students from entering a white high school. Papers from a 1997 conference held to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the crisis trace its origins and address its legacy. They discuss economic, constitutional, historical, and personal aspects of the crisis and of segregation. less...
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Amazon Says: A detailed history of two disasters that befell London, England: the Great Plague of 1665 in which it is estimated that at least 70,000 died, and the Great Fire of 1666, which more...
Amazon Says: A detailed history of two disasters that befell London, England: the Great Plague of 1665 in which it is estimated that at least 70,000 died, and the Great Fire of 1666, which destroyed four-fifths of the city. less...
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Darlington Raceway by Cathy Elliott
Amazon Says: Some facilities are so special that they literally define their sport. Stock car racing as it is known today did not exist until one man, armed with a vision and a willingness more...
Amazon Says: Some facilities are so special that they literally define their sport. Stock car racing as it is known today did not exist until one man, armed with a vision and a willingness to get his hands dirty, constructed a race track in the middle of a South Carolina peanut field. More than six decades later, Darlington Raceway is still considered one of the crown jewels of racing. ""The Lady in Black"" is home to the largest margin of victory in NASCAR® history and its closest-ever finish. The legendary track has been the proving ground for every superstar of the sport. less...
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The Google Story by David A. Vise
Amazon Says: "Here is the story behind one of the most remarkable Internet successes of our time. Based on scrupulous research and extraordinary access to Google, the book takes you inside more...
Amazon Says: "Here is the story behind one of the most remarkable Internet successes of our time. Based on scrupulous research and extraordinary access to Google, the book takes you inside the creation and growth of a company whose name is a favorite brand and a standard verb recognized around the world. Its stock is worth more than General Motors’ and Ford’s combined, its staff eats for free in a dining room that used to be run by the Grateful Dead’s former chef, and its employees traverse the firm’s colorful Silicon Valley campus on scooters and inline skates. THE GOOGLE STORY is the definitive account of the populist media company powered by the world’s most advanced technology that in a few short years has revolutionized access to information about everything for everybody everywhere. In 1998, Moscow-born Sergey Brin and Midwest-born Larry Page dropped out of graduate school at Stanford University to, in their own words, “change the world” through a search engine that would organize every bit of information on the Web for free. While the company has done exactly that in more than one hundred languages, Google’s quest continues as it seeks to add millions of library books, television broadcasts, and more to its searchable database. Readers will learn about the amazing business acumen and computer wizardry that started the company on its astonishing course; the secret network of computers delivering lightning-fast search results; the unorthodox approach that has enabled it to challenge Microsoft’s dominance and shake up Wall Street. Even as it rides high, Google wrestles with difficult choices that will enable it to continue expanding while sustaining the guiding vision of its founders’ mantra: DO NO EVIL." less...
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Amazon Says: Danny loves dinosaurs! When he sees one at the museum and says, "It would be nice to play with a dinosaur," a voice answers, "And I think it would be nice to play with you." S more...
Amazon Says: Danny loves dinosaurs! When he sees one at the museum and says, "It would be nice to play with a dinosaur," a voice answers, "And I think it would be nice to play with you." So begins Danny and the Dinosaur's wonderful adventures together. For Danny and his prehistoric playmate, even the most everyday activities become extraordinary, like finding a big-enough place to hide a dinosaur in a game of hide-and-seek. Kids will delight in Syd Hoff's charming, comical illustrations as they read about how Danny teaches a very old dinosaur some new tricks.Originally published over 50 years ago, this beloved classic is a Level 1 I Can Read that is perfect for the beginning reader learning to sound out words and sentences.Supports the Common Core Learning Standards less...
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