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Daily Video for June 22 – Erich Maria Remarque Born


Happy Birthday, Erich Maria REmarque

Born on June 22, 1898, Erich Maria Remarque served in the German army during World War I.  His novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, written about his experiences in the war became an international best-seller in 1928, and created a new literary genre that focused on a soldier’s physical and emotional stresses in battle and the struggles they had returning to civilian life after the conflict.


Check out this video summarizing All Quiet on the Western Front:

On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 28, 2020!

MAY 28, 2020

Today is:

International Hamburger Day

National Brisket Day



JIM THORPE (1887-1953) —  Native American athlete: Olympic goal medalist, professional football, baseball, and basketball player.
IAN FLEMING (1908-1964) — English naval intelligence officer and author.  Most famous for his creation of the character James Bond.
GLADYS KNIGHT  (1944) — American singer, songwriter, and actress.  Best known for her work with Gladys Knight and the Pips.



1830 – President Andrew Jackson signs the Indian Removal Act, denying Native Americans their land rights and forcibly relocating them, leading the Trail of Tears.
1937 – The German automobile manufacturer Volkswagen is founded by the German government.
1999 – After a 22-year restoration, Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, is put back on display in Milan, Italy.
On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 15, 2020!

MAY 15, 2020

Today is:

Bring Flowers to Someone Day

Endangered Species Day

International Day of Families

 National Bike to Work Day

  National Pizza Party Day

  National Chocolate Chip Day

Straw Hat Day



L. FRANK BAUM (1856-1919) — American author most famous for his children’s series, beginning with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
MADELINE ALBRIGHT (1937) — Czech-American politician and diplomat.  First female Secretary of State (1997-2001)
JOHN SMOLTZ  (1967) — American Hall of Fame Baseball player. Only pitcher to record both 200 wins and 150 saves.
EMMITT SMITH (1969) — American Hall of Fame Football player.  As a running back, became the league’s all time rushing leader.



1718 – London lawyer, James Puckle, patents the world’s first machine gun, the Puckle Gun.
1730 – Robert Walpole becomes the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
1905 Las Vegas is founded when 110 acres of land is auctioned off and will later become its downtown.
1928 – Mickey Mouse makes his screen debut in the short cartoon, “Plane Crazy
1940 McDonald’s opens its first restaurant in San Bernandino, California — the beginning of the fast food giant’s history.
On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 8, 2020!

MAY 8, 2020

Today is:

Fintastic Friday

National Public Gardens Day

Give Someone a Cupcake Day

 National Coconut Cream Pie Day

  National Have a Coke Day

  No Socks Day

  World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day



HARRY S TRUMAN (1884-1972) — 33rd President of the United States
DON RICKLES (1926-2017) — American stand up comedian & actor, famous for his “insult comedy”.  Most recently known as the voice of Mr. Potatohead in Toy Story.
PETER BENCHLEY  (1940-2006) — American author, screenwriter, and ocean activist.  Best known for writing Jaws.
BILL de BLASIO (1961) — American politician.  Current mayor of New York City.




1877 – The first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opens at Gilmore’s Gardens in New York City.
1886 – A new carbonated beverage named “Coca-Cola” is first sold as a patent medicine by pharmacist John Pemberton in Atlanta, Ga.
1945 V-E Day: “Victory in Europe” Day as German forces formally agree to the unconditional surrender the day before, ending WWII in Europe.
1980 – The World Health Organization (WHO) announced the eradication of smallpox.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 27, 2020!

APRIL 27, 2020

Today is:

Marine Mammal Rescue Day — Not all critters that need saving have paws and fur.  Today is all about those marine critters, think dolphins, seals, whales, who need out help too.

National Prime Rib Day –Usually reserved as a roast made for holidays, why not give it its own?

National Devil Dog Day — Two thin slices of devil’s food cake with a layer of cream inside (which may nor many not be hot dog shaped) — time to treat yourself today!



MARY WOLLENSTONECRAFT (1759-1797) — English author and  women’s rights pioneer (A Vindication of the Rights of Women).  Also the mother of Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein).
SAMUEL MORSE (1791-1872) — American painter and  inventor.  Worked with the telegraph and helped develop the Morse Code system still in use today.
ULYSSES S. GRANT  (1822-1885) — American soldier & politician.  Commanding general of the US Army in the Civil War & 18th President of the United States.
CORETTA SCOTT KING (1927-2006) — American author, activist, and Civil Rights leader.  Wife of Martin Luther King, Jr.
CASEY KASEM (1932-2014) — American disc jockey, radio personality and voice over actor (Top 40, Scooby-Doo).
CORY BOOKER  (1969) — American author, politician, and former Presidential candidate.  Junior senator from New Jersey.



1981 – Xerox introduces the first personal computer mouse.
1986 – The city of Pripyat is evacuated following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that day before. It has been uninhabitable and abandoned since.
2006 – Construction of the Freedom Tower (now One World Trade Center) begins in New York City.
2007 – Israeli archaeologists discover the tomb of King Herod (Herod the Great), leader of Judea around the time of the birth of Christ.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 21, 2020!

APRIL 21, 2020

Today is:

Big Word Day — “The objective of today is to use voluminous words while confabulating with others, with the intention of impressing those you converse with.”

National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day — Everything is better coated with a thick layer of chocolate!

World Creativity and Innovation Day — Whether it’s drawing, writing, playing with LEGO, or even building a backyard nuclear reactor, today is your day to let loose and shine.



CHARLOTTE BRONTË  (1816-1855) — English novelist and poet. Eldest of the three Brontë sisters; best-known for writing Jane Eyre.
ELIZABETH II (1926) — Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth Realms.
TONY DANZA  (1951) — American actor, TV personality, boxer, and teacher.  Best known for roles in Taxi and Who’s the Boss?
TONY ROMO (1980) — Former American football player (QB-Dallas Cowboys) and sportscaster.



753 BC – Traditional date for the founding of Rome by the twins Romulus and Remus.
1509 Henry VIII takes the throne of England upon the death of his father, Henry VII.
1918 – German fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen (aka “The Red Baron”) is shot down and killed in France.
1989 – Nintendo launches the original Game Boy portable gaming system in Japan.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 15, 2020!

APRIL 15, 2020

Today is:

ASL Day — American Sign Language Day; learn some simple signs and open up a whole new world of communication!

National Banana Day — Celebrate that long, yellow fruit loved by monkeys and toddlers everywhere.  Try one fresh out of the peel or in your favorite recipe.

National Rubber Eraser Day — The unsung hero of test takers with a Number 2 pencil everywhere!

School Librarians’ Day — Time to toot our own horn.  We are the keepers of resources, and the finders of all the things.  Sometimes unseen and unnoticed, but always vital to the school community.

World Art Day — (AKA Art History Day) Appreciate some great artwork from around the world.  Countless museums are offering virtual tours, or check out this blog’s daily art section!



LEONARDO DA VINCI (1452-1519) — Italian painter, sculptor, architect, and inventor.
CHARLES WILSON PEALE (1741-1827) — American painter and soldier famous for his portraits of American Revolutionary leaders.
HENRY JAMES  (1843-1916) — American novelist & short story writer (The Portrait of a Lady, The Turn of the Screw)
NIKITA KHRUSHCHEV (1894-1971) — Russian general and politician, 7th Premier of the Soviet Union
KIM IL-SUNG (1912-1994) –North Korean general and politician. 1st Supreme Leader of North Korea
SETH ROGEN  (1982) — American actor, screenwriter,  comedian & producer (Pineapple Express, Knocked Up, Steve Jobs)
EMMA WATSON (1990) — English actress. (Harry Potter, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Beauty and the Beast)




1783 – The preliminary articles of peace ending the American Revolution are ratified by Congress.
1865 – President Abraham Lincoln dies after being shot by John Wilkes Booth the previous evening.  Andrew Johnson assumes the presidency upon his death.
1892 – The General Electric Company is founded in Schenectady, NY.
1924Rand McNally published its first road atlas
1947 Jackie Robinson debuts with the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first African-American player in Major League Baseball.
1955 – A McDonald’s restaurant franchise location is opened by Ray Kroc in Des Plaines, Illinois, marking the “founding” of the fast food empire.