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Today in History with a Twist: October 11, 2013

Finally! 1976 - George Washington's is appointmed, posthumously, to the grade of General of the Armies of the United States by congressional joint resolution Public Law 94-479 and is approved by President Gerald R. Ford. - Talk about a slow beauracracy.

     Today is Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day is a great opportunity to show off your beloved Teddy Bear to work associates.  Take your beloved Teddy Bear with you to work.  We think you know how to celebrate this day.  Dress him up for the big event.  Plan for a big day.  Take your Teddy Bear on a tour of the workplace.  Bring Teddy to lunch in the work cafeteria.  If your boss allows it, let Teddy do a work-related project.  If this day falls on a Saturday, plan to spend the day with your Teddy Bear.  And, cuddle up to him (or her) tonight.  Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day.  However, we are so glad someone created this fun and cuddly day.  There is some confusion as to the actual date of Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day.  October 11th appears to be the most common date to celebrate this day.  Until we find the originator, we suggest you celebrate it on the October 11th. (http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/October/taketeddybeartowork.htm)

     1984 - Aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan becomes the first American woman to perform a space walk. - Probably just had to get some alone time.

     1954 - In the First Indochina War - the Viet Minh take control of North Vietnam. - At the time most Americans had never heard of Vietnam.  That would change in ten years.

     1910 - Former President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first U.S. president to fly in an airplane.  He flew for four minutes with Arch Hoxsey in a plane built by the Wright Brothers at Kinloch Field (Lambert-St. Louis International Airport), St. Louis, Missouii. - Bet he didn't even get peanuts with that flight.

Today we celebrate the birthdays of:

     1884 - Eleanor Roosevelt - American politician and humanitarian, 34th First Lady of the United States (d. 1962) - Deserves credit just for putting up with FDR.

     1928 - Roscoe Robinson, Jr., American general (d. 1993) - first African American to become a four-star general in the United States Army. - How could I ignore anyone named Roscoe?

 

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


Amazon Says: Much has been written in the past two centuries about George Washington the statesman and “father of his country.” Less often discussed is Washington’s military career, more...
Amazon Says: Much has been written in the past two centuries about George Washington the statesman and “father of his country.” Less often discussed is Washington’s military career, including his exploits as a young officer and his performance as the Revolutionary War commander in chief. Now, in a revealing work of historical biography, Edward Lengel has written the definitive account of George Washington the soldier. Based largely on Washington’s personal papers, this engrossing book paints a vivid, factual portrait of a man to whom lore and legend so tenaciously cling. To Lengel, Washington was the imperfect commander. Washington possessed no great tactical ingenuity, and his acknowledged “brilliance in retreat” only demonstrates the role luck plays in the fortunes of all great men. He was not an enlisted man’s leader; he made a point of never mingling with his troops. He was not an especially creative military thinker; he fought largely by the book. He was not a professional, but a citizen soldier, who, at a time when warfare demanded that armies maneuver efficiently in precise formation, had little practical training handling men in combat. Yet despite his flaws, Washington was a remarkable figure, a true man of the moment, a leader who possessed a clear strategic, national, and continental vision, and who inspired complete loyalty from his fellow revolutionaries, officers, and enlisted men. America could never have won freedom without him. A trained surveyor, Washington mastered topography and used his superior knowledge of battlegrounds to maximum effect. He appreciated the importance of good allies in times of crisis, and understood well the benefits of coordination of ground and naval forces. Like the American nation itself, he was a whole that was greater than the sum of its parts–a remarkable everyman whose acts determined the course of history. Lengel argues that Washington’s excellence was in his completeness, in how he united the military, political, and personal skills necessary to lead a nation in war and peace. At once informative and engaging, and filled with some eye-opening revelations about Washington, the war for American independence, and the very nature of military command, General George Washington is a book that reintroduces readers to a figure many think they already know. less...
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Amazon Says: Discover a wealth of bears made by 130 teddy bear artists from around the world! Meet the creative artists who share their joys and woes in personal accounts of their very fir more...
Amazon Says: Discover a wealth of bears made by 130 teddy bear artists from around the world! Meet the creative artists who share their joys and woes in personal accounts of their very first bear creations as well as sharing bear making tips. Learn the tricks of the trade from their expertise! 277 photographs. 144 pages. less...
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Amazon Says: This book details the stories of Challenger’s missions from the points of view of the astronauts, engineers, and scientists who flew and knew her and the managers, technicia more...
Amazon Says: This book details the stories of Challenger’s missions from the points of view of the astronauts, engineers, and scientists who flew and knew her and the managers, technicians, and ground personnel who designed her and nursed her from humble beginnings as a structural test article into one of the most capable Shuttles in NASA’s service. Challenger veterans, including Gordon Fullerton and Vance Brand, describe their experiences and the differences between Challenger and her sister ships. The development of Challenger herself is explored in detail, including her design, development, construction, and preparation for missions. less...
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Amazon Says: How did the conflict between Vietnamese nationalists and French colonial rulers erupt into a major Cold War struggle between communism and Western liberalism? To understand t more...
Amazon Says: How did the conflict between Vietnamese nationalists and French colonial rulers erupt into a major Cold War struggle between communism and Western liberalism? To understand the course of the Vietnam wars, it is essential to explore the connections between events within Vietnam and global geopolitical currents in the decade after the Second World War. In this illuminating work, leading scholars examine various dimensions of the struggle between France and Vietnamese revolutionaries that began in 1945 and reached its climax at Dien Bien Phu. Several essays break new ground in the study of the Vietnamese revolution and the establishment of the political and military apparatus that successfully challenged both France and the United States. Other essays explore the roles of China, France, Great Britain, and the United States, all of which contributed to the transformation of the conflict from a colonial skirmish to a Cold War crisis. Taken together, the essays enable us to understand the origins of the later American war in Indochina by positioning Vietnam at the center of the grand clash between East and West and North and South in the middle years of the twentieth century. less...
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Amazon Says: A comprehensive biography of Teddy Roosevelt covers the twenty-sixth president's life, from his sickly childhood, to San Juan Hill, to his ""Big Stick"" diplomacy and ""Squa more...
Amazon Says: A comprehensive biography of Teddy Roosevelt covers the twenty-sixth president's life, from his sickly childhood, to San Juan Hill, to his ""Big Stick"" diplomacy and ""Square Deal"" domestic policies. 35,000 first printing. $35,000 ad/promo. BOMC & History Alt. less...
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Amazon Says: Celebrated by feminists, historians, politicians, and reviewers everywhere, Blanche Wiesen Cook's Eleanor Roosevelt presents an unprecedented portrait of the towering female f more...
Amazon Says: Celebrated by feminists, historians, politicians, and reviewers everywhere, Blanche Wiesen Cook's Eleanor Roosevelt presents an unprecedented portrait of the towering female figure of the twentieth century. The second volume plunges into the White House years and the Great Depression, the time when Eleanor exerted enormous influence over the course of the country. In the thirties, Eleanor becomes even more surprising and multifaceted. A loyal wife, a devoted mother, a woman who courted romance and adventure, Eleanor Roosevelt was America's most compelling, charismatic, and visionary First Lady. She ran a virtual parallel administration that championed civil rights, affordable housing, and a New Deal for women. She took unpopular stands and often countered her husband's policies, particularly concerning racial justice, women's rights, the plight of refugees, and approaches to Fascism and the Spanish Civil War. The book closes in 1938, as Europe moves toward war. This is an unparalleled presentation of a woman whose life was filled with passionate commitment and who struggled for personal fulfillment. It is a book for all readers of American history and politics, and as the New Deal comes under assault today, a book for readers who care about a decent future for all people. less...
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Amazon Says: Read the fascinating stories of more than 400 breakthrough achievements by men and women who dared to succeed...from America's beginnings to today...over 75 pages of photograp more...
Amazon Says: Read the fascinating stories of more than 400 breakthrough achievements by men and women who dared to succeed...from America's beginnings to today...over 75 pages of photographs! ...Who was the first hero of World War II? ...Who was the first African-American mayor in Alaska?...Who was the first African-American woman sheriff? ...What was the first mystery novel by an African-American? Read about triumphs in every field of human endeavor. Now in its sixth printing! less...
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