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January, 2011
 
 


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January 1     New Year's Day
January 14   American Revolution Ends
January 18   Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
   
 
 
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National Glaucoma Awareness Month. For more information, go here.

National Mentoring Month. For more information, visit here.

National School Board Month. For more information, visit the National School Boards Association.

 
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Ellis Island Opens. On this day in 1892, Ellis Island began processing immigrants to the United States. The station operated until 1954 and is now a national monument. For more information, visit the National Park Service.

E.M. Forster. Anniversary of Birth. Born January 1, 1879; Died 1952. Forster was a British writer perhaps best known for A Passage to India.

New Year's Day.



Paul Revere. Anniversary of Birth.
Born on this day in 1735; Died May 10, 1818. Revere was a silversmith. He is best known for his "midnight ride" during the Revolution to warn the Americans that the British were advancing.




J.D. Salinger. Birthday.
Born on this day in 1919, Salinger is an American author. He is best known for The Catcher in the Rye, published in 1951. For more information, visit here.

 
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Alma Flor Ada. Birthday. Born on this day in 1938, Ada is a children's book author as well as a university professor. visit her Web site.

Isaac Asimov. Anniversary of Birth. Born January 2, 1920; Died April 6, 1992. Asimov was a Russian-born American author and biochemist. Asimov is best known for his science fiction writing.

Nathaniel Bacon. Anniversary of Birth. Born January 2, 1647; Died October 26, 1676. Bacon was a colonist and plantation owner in the Virginia Colony of Jamestown. He was famous for "Bacon's Rebellion," which ended in the burning of Jamestown. For more information, go here.

Georgia Ratified U.S. Constitution. On this day in 1788, Georgia ratified the U.S. Constitution and became the fourth state in the Union. For more information, go here.

Jean Little. Birthday. Born on this day in 1932, Little is an acclaimed Canadian children's book author.

Ed Martinez. Birthday. Born January 2, 1954, Martinez is a children's book illustrator. For a brief biography, go here.

 
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Alaska Admitted to U.S.
On this day in 1959, Alaska was admitted to the Union as the 49th state. For more information, go here.



Joan Walsh Anglund. Birthday.
Born January 3, 1926, Anglund has written and illustrated more than 75 children's books.

Cicero. Anniversary of Birth. Born January 3, 106 B.C.; Died December 7, 43 B.C. Cicero was an orator and statesman of ancient Rome. For more information, go here.

Lucretia Mott. Anniversary of Birth. Born January 3, 1793; Died November 11, 1880. Mott was an American women's activist and encouraged women's political advocacy. She was a Quaker and an abolitionist. For more information, visit here.

J.R.R. Tolkien. Anniversary of Birth. Born January 3, 1892; Died September 2, 1973. An English writer and university professor, Tolkien is the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. For more information, go here.

 
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Louis Braille. Anniversary of Birth. Born January 4, 1809; Died January 6, 1852. Braille was the inventor of the Braille writing system for the blind. For more information, visit here.

Jacob Grimm. Anniversary of Birth. Born January 4, 1785; Died September 20, 1863. Grimm was a German collector and writer of fairy tales. Best known for Grimm's Fairy Tales. For more information, go here.

Luna 1: First Spacecraft To Reach Moon. Launched by the Soviets on January 2, 1959, Luna 1 passed within 5995 km of the Moon's surface on January 4 after 34 hours of flight. For more information, go here.

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Birthday. Born January 4, 1933, Naylor has written over 115 books. She is perhaps best known for her book, Shiloh, which won the Newbery Award in 1992. For more information, go here.


Isaac Newton. Anniversary of Birth.
Born January 4, 1643; Died March 31, 1727. Newton was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, inventor, philosopher, and alchemist. Considered a genius, he is one of the most influential scientists in history. Newton is associated with the scientific revolution and the advancement of heliocentrism. For more information, go here.



Utah Admitted to U.S.
On this day in 1876, Utah was admitted to the Union as the 45th state. For more information, go here.

 
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Lynne Cherry. Birthday. Born January 5, 1952, Cherry is a conservationist and children's book author. She is best known for A River Ran Wild. Visit her Web site.

National Audubon Society Founded. Originated on this day in 1905, the Society is an American non-profit environmental organization dedicated to nature conservancy. It is named in honor of John James Audubon, an American ornithologist and naturalist who painted, catalogued, and described the birds of North America. For more information, go here.

Zebulon Pike. Anniversary of Birth. Born January 5, 1779; Died April 27, 1813. Pike was an American soldier and explorer for whom Pikes Peak in Colorado is named. His Pike expedition, mapped a large portion of the southern Louisiana Purchase. For more information, go here.

 
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Jon of Arc. Anniversary of Birth. Thought to be born on this day in 1412, Joan of Arc, or Jeanne d'Arc, is a national heroine of France and a Saint of the Roman Catholic Church. Many believed she had visions from God that told her to recover her homeland. In early 1429, she convinced the uncrowned king Charles VII to give her a suit of armor and permission to relieve the siege at Orléans. At first treated as a figurehead by veteran commanders, she gained prominence when she lifted the siege in only nine days. She died May 30, 1431. Source: Wikipedia. For more information, go here.


Morse Demonstrated Telegraph.
On this day in 1838, Samuel Morse first successfully tested the electrical telegraph.

New Mexico Admitted to U.S. On this day in 1912, New Mexico was admitted to the Union as the 47th state. For more information, go here.

Roosevelt Delivered "Four Freedoms" Speech. U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered to Congress on this day in 1941 an address known as the "Four Freedoms." In the speech, Roosevelt spoke of four points as fundamental freedoms that humans everywhere in the world ought to enjoy: Freedom of speech and expression; Freedom of every person to worship God in his own way; Freedom from want - individual economic security; Freedom from fear - world disarmament to the point that wars of aggression are impossible. For more information, go here.

Carl Sandburg. Anniversary of Birth. Born January 6, 1878; Died July 22, 1967. Sandburg was an American poet, novelist, biographer, and historian. For more information, visit here.

 
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Kay Chorao. Birthday. Born January 7, 1937, Chorao is a children's book illustrator.

Millard Fillmore. Anniversary of Birth. Born January 7, 1800; Died March 8, 1874. Fillmore served as the 13th President of the United State (1850-1853). For a brief biography, go here.


Galileo Discovered Four Moons of Jupiter.
On this day in 1610, Galileo Galilei first observed the four largest moons of Jupiter. The moons are now named: Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. For more information, go here. Be sure to visit The Galileo Project.

The following are links to lesson plans:


EDSITEment: Galileo and the Inevitability of Ideas.
Grades: 9-12.
Discovery School: Galileo's Dialogue. Grades: 9-12.

Zora Neale Hurston. Anniversary of Birth. Born January 7, 1891; Died January 28, 1960. Hurston was an American author best known for Their Eyes Were Watching God. For more information, go here. For a lesson plan appropriate for grades 9-12, go to EDSITEment.

Truman Announces Hydrogen Bomb. On this day in 1953, U.S. President Harry Truman announced that the United States had developed a hydrogen bomb.

 
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Nancy Bond. Birthday. Born January 8, 1945, Bond is an author of children's books. She is perhaps best known for A String in the Harp, a Newbery Honor book . For an interview from 1988, go here.

 
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Connecticut Ratified U.S. Constitution. On this day in 1788, Connecticut ratified the U.S. Constitution and became the 5th state in the Union. For more information, go here.

Richard Nixon. Anniversary of Birth. Born January 9, 1913; Died April 22, 1994. Nixon served as the 37th President of the United States. For more information, go here.

 
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Thomas Paine Published Common Sense. On this day in 1776, Paine published the pamphlet which set forth arguments against British rule, helping to spread the idea of independence and the American Revolution.

 
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Amelia Earhart Day. A celebration of Earhart's 1935, two-day solo flight across the Pacific.




Grand Canyon Becomes National Monument.
On this day in 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt designated the geologic wonder a national monument. The canyon became a national park in 1919. For curriculum materials, go here. For general information, go here.



John Hancock. Anniversary of Birth.
Born January 11, 1737; Died October 8, 1793. Among other notable accomplishments, Hancock was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence.

 
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Clement Hurd. Anniversary of Birth. Born January 12, 1908; Died February 5, 1988. Hurd was a children's book illustrator best known for Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny.

Jack London. Anniversary of Birth. Born January 12, 1876; Died November 22, 1916. London was the author of more than fifty books, including Call of the Wild.

Charles Perrault. Anniversary of Birth. Born January 12, 1628; Died May 15/16, 1703. Perrault was the French author of Puss-in-Boots, Sleeping Beauty, and Little Red Riding Hood, among others. Perrault's stories are mostly adapted from earlier folktales.

 
13 David Wiseman. Birthday. Born January 13, 1916, Wiseman is a children's book author and illustrator.
   
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American Revolutionary War Ends. For more information concerning the Paris Peace Treat of 1783, visit the Avalon Project at Yale.

Benedict Arnold. Anniversary of Birth. Born January 14, 1741; Died June 14, 1801. Arnold was a general in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. He became a traitor when he attempted to surrender to the British in return for a British commission and money. For a biography, go here.

   

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Martin Luther King Jr. Anniversary of Birth. Born January 15, 1929; Died April 4, 1968. King, a Baptist minister, was a leader in the civil rights movement. You may view King's "I Have a Dream" speech at Google Video. The following are links to lesson plans:

EDSITEment: Let Freedom Ring. Grades: 3-5
EDSITEment: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Power of Nonviolence Grades: 6-8.

   
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National Religious Freedom Day. By Presidential Proclamation. The day commemorates the Virginia General Assembly's adoption of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom which became the basis for the separation of church and state.

 
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Robert Cormier. Anniversary of Birth. Born January 17, 1925; Died November 2, 2000. A journalist and book author, Cormier wrote the young adult classics The Chocolate War and I Am the Cheese. For a brief interview, visit teenreads.com

Benjamin Franklin. Anniversary of Birth. Born January 17, 1706; Died April 17, 1790. Franklin was a statesman, printer, writer, inventor, and American Founding Father. For more information, go here. Be sure to visit PBS's Benjamin Franklin: An Extraordinary Life. An Electric Mind.

 
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A.A. Milne. Anniversary of Birth. Born January 18, 1882; Died: January 31, 1956. Milne was a British author and the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh. For more information, go here.

Martin Luther King Day. A federal holiday in honor of King. Celebrated on the third Monday of January.

 
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Nina Bawden. Birthday. Born January 19, 1925, Bawden is the British author of Carrie's War and The Peppermint Pig, among others.

Edgar Allan Poe. Anniversary of Birth. Born January 20, 1809; Died October 7, 1849. Poe was an American short story writer, poet, and critic. Among his more famous works are "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Raven." For a brief biography as well as online texts of his work, go here. For a long list of Poe-related links, visit the Web English Teacher. Check out the following Web sites, activities, and lesson plans:

read-write-think: Modeling Reading and Analysis Processes. Grades: 6-8.
Maryland Public Television: Knowing Poe
. Grades: 6-12.
Discovery School: Tales of Edgar Allan Poe. Grades: 9-12.

 
22 Rafe Martin. Birthday. Born January 22, 1946, Martin is a storyteller and author of The Rough Faced Girl and Birdwing among others. Be sure to visit his Web site.
 
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Gold Discovered in California. On this day in 1848 in Coloma California, James Marshall, an employee of sawmill owner John Sutter, discovered some flakes of gold. This touched off the California Gold Rush which would eventually bring hundreds of thousands of people to the state in search of the metal. Go here for more information and curriculum materials. Visit the Smithsonian National Museum of American History to see the first piece of gold found.


First Winter Olympics.
Held on this day in 1924 in Chamonix, France, the first "International Winter Sports Week" included hockey, skiing, skating, and bobsledding. A particularly informative and entertaining book for students ages 9 and up is Freeze Frame : A Photographic History of the Winter Olympics by Sue Macy. Read a review of the book »

   
26 Michigan Admitted to U.S. On this day in 1837, Michigan was admitted to the Union as the 26th state. For more information, go here.
 
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Harry Allard. Birthday. Born January 27, 1928, Allard is the author of the series Miss Nelson is Missing!

Lewis Carroll. Anniversary of Birth. Born January 27, 1832; Died January 14, 1898. Lewis Carroll was the pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, an English author, mathematician, and clergyman. Carroll is best known for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. For more information, visit the Lewis Carroll Web site. You may also want to visit the U.K.'s Lewis Carroll Society. The following are links to lesson plans:

EDSITEment: A Trip to Wonderland: The Nursery "Alice." Grades: K-2.
EDSITEment: Childhood Through the Looking-Glass. Grades: 6-8.



Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Anniversary of Birth.
Born January 27, 1756; Died December 5, 1791. Mozart was a prolific and popular Austrian composer in the Classical era. For more information, visit the The Mozart Project.

 
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Vera B. Williams. Birthday. Born January 28, 1927, Williams is a children's book author and illustrator. A reader favorite is the Caldecott Honor book, A Chair for My Mother.  For a brief biography and interview, visit Kidsread.org

 
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Anton Chekhov. Anniversary of Birth. Born January 29, 1860; Died July 15, 1904. Chekhov was a Russian physician and writer. For online texts of his work, go here.

Kansas Admitted to U.S. On this day in 1861, Kansas was admitted to the Union as the 34th state. For more information, go here.

William McKinley. Anniversary of Birth. Born January 29, 1843; Died September 14, 1901. McKinley served as the 25th President of the United States (1897-1901). While standing in the receiving line at the Buffalo Pan-American Exposition, McKinley was shot by a mentally ill anarchist. For more information, go here.

Bill Peet. Anniversary of Birth. Born January 29, 1915; Died: 2002. Peet was a children's book author and illustrator.

Rosemary Wells. Birthday. Born January 29, 1943, Wells is a children's book author and illustrator. Be sure to visit her Web site.

 
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Lloyd Alexander. Birthday. Born January 30, 1924, Alexander is the author of numerous books for children and teens. His book The High King won the Newbery Medal in 1969. For more information, visit Kidsread.com



Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Anniversary of Birth.
Born January 30, 1882; Died April 12, 1945. Roosevelt served as the 32nd President of the United States (1933-1945). For more information, go here.

   
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Norman Mailer. Birthday. Born January 31, 1923; Died November 10, 2007. Mailer was a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist. Listen to an interview here.

Gerald McDermott. Birthday. Born January 31, 1941, McDermott is a children's book author and illustrator. He wrote Arrow to the Sun, which won the Caldecott Medal in 1975. Visit his Web site.

Franz Shubert. Anniversary of Birth. Born January 31, 1797; Died November 19, 1828. Shubert, an Austrian, is considered to be one of the most gifted composers of the 19th century. He wrote over 600 songs as well as symphonies, sonatas, operas, and more. For more information, go here.

First Successful U.S. Satellite Launched. On this day in 1958 at Cape Canaveral, Florida, the first successful U.S. satellite, Explorer I, was launched.

 
 
 
 
 
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