Infographic — First Jobs of Famous People

Famous People’s First Jobs

We all have to start somewhere!  Before they were famous, all these people had some rather un-glamorous jobs.  Remember that it is extremely rare to start off as the CEO of a major company, or even in a private office at one, but through lots of hard work and dedication, anyone can succeed and become whatever they dream of becoming!  [VIA]

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On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 14, 2020!

APRIL 14, 2020

Today is:

International Be Nice to Lawyers Day — They’re often the butt of jokes, but for one day hold off on the name-calling and be nice to one today!

International Moment of Laughter Day — Today is that day to chuckle, laugh, giggle, guffaw… no matter what the reason, spread a little joy and happiness where you can by sharing an amusing moment with someone.

National Dolphin Day — With a curved jaw that gives them a permanent smile, what’s not to love about dolphins?  These amazing creatures deserve recognition today.

National Pecan Day — Did you know that the pecan tree is the only nut tree native to North America?  Celebrate them today by cracking a few open, or even better — having some pecan pie!




ANNE SULLIVAN (1866-1936 — American educator.  Best known as the lifelong instructor and companion of Helen Keller.
LORETTA LYNN (1932) — American country music singer-songwriter with over 60  albums in her career.
PETE ROSE (1941) — American baseball player and manager.  All-time hits leader (4,256)
PETER CAPALDI  (1958) — Scottish actor, writer, and director (Doctor Who – 12th Doctor; The Thick of It).
ROB McELHENNEY  (1977) — American actor, director, producer, & screenwriter (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)




1775 – The Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage is organized in Philadelphia by Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush.
This is the first abolitionist society in North America.
1828 – Noah Webster copyrights the first edition of his dictionary.
1865– President Abraham Lincoln is shot in Ford’s Theater in Washington DC by John Wilkes Booth.  He will die the next day.
1902 – James Cash Penney (J.C. Penney) opens his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming — The Golden Rule Store.
1912 – The RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 11:40pm and will sink at approximately 2:20am the next morning.
1939 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck is first published by Viking Press.
1958 – The Soviet Satellite Sputnik 2 falls from orbit after 162 days.  It carried the first living thing into space, a female dog names Laika
1981 – The first operational space shuttle, Columbia, completes its first test flight in mission STS-1.
2003 – The Human Genome Project is considered complete with 99% of the human genome mapped to 99.999% accuracy.
On This Day


APRIL 1, 2020

Today is:

Edible Book Day — Make a book out of food and dig in!

National Walking Day — Lace up and go for a walk for at least 30 minutes

National One Cent Day — Fish around in your pocket and celebrate the humble penny!


Happy Birthday!

OTTO VON BISMARCK (1815-1898) — Chancellor of the German Empire
LON CHANEY (1883-1930) — American silent Horror film actor
SAMUEL ALITO, JR. (1950) — Associate Justice on the US Supreme Court
RACHEL MADDOW (1973) — American journalist & political commentator


1789 – The US House of Representatives meets for the first time in New York City, electing Representative  Frederick Muhlenberg (PA) as Speaker.
1891 – The Wrigley Company is founded in Chicago, Illinois
1960 Dr. Marten’s releases its fist boots, the Model 1460.
1970 – President Richard Nixon signs the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act into law, requiring the Surgeon General’s warnings on tobacco products and banning cigarette advertising on television and radio in the United States.
2004 – Google first makes Gmail accessible to the public.

Infographic – The Oldest Company in (Almost) Every Country

The Oldest Company in (Almost) Every Country *that’s still in business

In our fast paced world companies come and go quickly, or are merged, bought out or simply transition to something else.  These companies, however, have stood the test of time and are still going strong, some for over a thousand years, conducting the same business today that they did then.  From 578 AD to the 1990s these business span all industries and it’s an interesting look at where these nations are in the global economy.  [VIA]

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Photo Prompt

Photo Prompt – People’s Drug, 1922

Photo — “People’s Drug, 1922”

Use the photos posted in this feature for writing prompts, warm-up activities, drawing templates or as part of a photo analysis.

I love photos like these that are a snapshot of a place at a moment in time.  Even better, now that we have Google Maps and street view, we can see what they look like today and now much (or little) has changed.  In this case, much has changed as the building seems to be completely gone, and the whole area servicing banking and retail.– via Google.

What’s also very interesting here is how the merchandise is displayed and advertised, as opposed to drug stores/pharmacies today where you see more insurance and vaccination information in the windows than product.

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. “People’s Drug Store No. 8, 14th Street & Park Road.” National Photo Company Collection glass negative. 

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