On This Day


APRIL 9, 2020

Today is:

National Cherish an Antique Day — Take a look around the house and find that antique you love or search online for a new find.

National Former Prisoner of War Remembrance Day — Take time today to remember and honor former prisoners of war from all conflicts.

National Unicorn Day — No matter the shape, size, or color — if it looks like a horse with a horn, today is its day!

National Name Yourself Day — If you don’t like your name, today is the day for you.  Whether you are legally changing it or just want something fancy for the day, you pick your own moniker today!




PAUL ROBESON (1898-1976) — American musician, actor, and political activist.
DENNIS QUAID (1954) — American actor (The Day After Tomorrow, Innerspace, Great Balls of Fire)
JOE SCARBOROUGH  (1963) — American politician, lawyer, and journalist (Morning Joe)



1585 – An expedition organized by Sir Walter Raleigh sets sail, landing on Roanoke Island and establishing the Roanoke Colony.  This colony will mysteriously disappear sometime before 1587.
1784 – The Treaty of Paris, ratified by Congress on January 14, is accepted and ratified by King George III of England, officially ending the American Revolution.
1865 – Robert E. Lee surrenders the Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, effectively ending the US Civil War.
1939 – African-American singer Marion Anderson holds a concert at the Lincoln Memorial after being denied use of Constitution Hall in Washington DC.
1969 – The Astrodome opens in Houston, Texas and with it the first indoor baseball game is played.
On This Day


APRIL 7, 2020

Today is:

International Beaver Day — Take a few minutes to recognize the importance of our dam building friends!

National Coffee Cake Day — Who wouldn’t like to take a break with this crumb-topped delicacy?

National No Housework Day — I’m not sure this means the boss would be too happy if we slacked today…but e can let the vacuuming slide for now.

World Health Day — Now more than ever take a little time to reflect on your own health and the health of others around the world.




WILLIAM WORDSWORTH  (1770-1850) — English Romantic poet
WALTER WINCHELL  (1897-1972) — American journalist and radio personality, known for his celebrity gossip stories.
BILLIE HOLIDAY  (1915-1959) — American jazz singer and actress.  Known as one of the seminal voices of jazz music.
JACKIE CHAN  (1954) — Hong Kong marital artist, actor, & director.   (Police Story, Rush Hour, Drunken Master)  Famously does all his own stunts, including outtakes during film credits.



1788 – Settlers establish an outpost at present day Marietta, Ohio — the first settlement in the Northwest Territory.
1862 – Union Armies of the Ohio and Tennessee defeat the Confederate Army of the Mississippi after two days of fighting at the Battle of Shiloh (TN) , one of the bloodiest and most decisive battles of the Civil War.
1927 – The first long distance television broadcast (between Washington, DC and New York City) is made, showing an image of then Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover..
1940Booker T. Washington becomes the first African-American depicted on a US postage stamp.
2001 – The Mars Odyssey spacecraft is launched.  As of posting, it is still active in polar orbit around Mars with enough energy to function until 2025.
On This Day


APRIL 6, 2020

Today is:

Army Day — Honoring all those who have served or are currently serving in the US Army!

National Caramel Popcorn Day — A fairground favorite — why not try a new twist  today?.

National Fun Day — While options may be limited, make sure you carve out some time to enjoy yourself today!

National Student Athlete Day — We can’t forget to celebrate all our students who excel both in the classroom and on the field today!

National Twinkie Day — Who doesn’t love this highly preserved snack food, said to be able to survive the apocalypse…..oh, wait….


RAPHAEL  (1483-1520) — Italian Renaissance artist and architect.  Known for his many Madonnas and frescoes in the Vatican.
MICKEY COCHRANE  (1903-1962) — American professional baseball player and member of the Hall of Fame.
BILLY DEE WILLIAMS  (1937) — American actor, best known for playing Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars saga.
JOHN RATZENBERGER (1947) — American actor.  Starred in Cheers (as Cliff Clavin), and featured in all of the Pixar films to date..
JULIE ERTZ (1992) — American professional soccer player; World Cup champion & Olympian.




1808 – John Jacob Astor establishes the American Fur Company, which will help him become the Unites States’ first millionaire.
1841 – John Tyler is sworn into office two days after assuming the Presidency after the death of William Henry Harrison, the first Vice President to do so.
1866 – The Grand Army of the Republic is founded.  This organization for veterans of the Civil War remains active until 1956.
1909– Explorers Robert Peary and Matthew Henson become the first to reach the North Pole.  This has come under dispute in later years.
1973 – The Pioneer 11 spacecraft is launched.  It will be the first to fly past Jupiter & Saturn.  Contact was lost in 1995 and is not on a course to leave the solar system.
1973 – Major League Baseball’s American League begins using the designated hitter.
On This Day


APRIL 3, 2020

Today is:

Find a Rainbow Day — Get outside and take a peek, maybe find some gold (or just make your own rainbows)!

National Kids Yoga Day — Help relieve some stress with the little ones.

National Walk to Work Day — Most of us don’t have far to go, but we can always take a few laps around the “office”.

World Party Day — A global celebration for a happier world.  Participate at a safe distance, though!



WASHINGTON IRVING (1783-1859) — American short story writes (Rip Van Winkle, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow)
MARLON BRANDO (1924-2004) — American actor and director (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, On the Waterfront)
GUS GRISSOM (1926-1967) — American Astronaut. One of the original Mercury 7 & second American in space, killed in the Apollo 1 accident.
JANE GOODALL (1934) — English primatologist & anthropoligist. Known or her work with Chimpanzees.
ALEC BALDWIN (1958) — American actor, comedian, & television show host (Beetlejuice, Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock).
EDDIE MURPHY (1961) — American actor & comedian (Saturday Night Live, Beverly Hills Cop, Shrek)
NIGEL FARAGE (1964) — English politician. Leader of the Brexit movement.



1860 – The first successful Pony Express run begins, starting at St. Joseph, Missouri and ending in Sacramento, California.
1865 – Union forces capture and occupy Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederate States of America.
1948 – President Harry Truman signs the Marshall Plan, authorizing $5 billion in aid to help rebuild 16 nations (mostly in Western Europe) devastated by World War II.
1968 – Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech in Memphis, Tenn.  He will be assassinated the next day.
2010 – Apple releases its first generation iPad, a landmark tablet computer.
On This Day


APRIL 2, 2020

Today is:

International Children’s Book Day — Snuggle up and read an old favorite or a new classic!

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day — How can you go wrong with this lunchtime comfort food classic?

Reconciliation Day — Let go of those grudges; it’s time to make amends!

World Autism Awareness Day — Light it up or wear some blue today to show your support of those with autism.



HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN (1805-1875) — Danish novelist, short story writer, and poet
SIR ALEC GUINNESS (1915-2000) — British actor (Bridge on the River Kwai, Star Wars)
MARVIN GAYE (1939-1984) — American singer, songwriter, & record producer
RODNEY KING (1965-2012) — American activist; victim of police brutality, officers’ acquittal sparked LA Riots of 1992



1800 – Ludwig von Beethoven conducts the premier of his First Symphony in Vienna, Austria
1902 The Electric Theater, the first full time movie theater in the US, opens in Los Angeles, California.
1992 – Mafia boss John Gotti, the Teflon Don, is convicted of murder and racketeering in New York.  He is later sentenced to life in prison.
Fiction, November 2019

Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi

Permanent Record by Mary H.K,. Choi. September 3, 2019. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 432 p. ISBN: 9781534445970.  Int Lvl: YA; Rdg Lvl: YA.

On paper, college dropout Pablo Rind doesn’t have a whole lot going for him. His graveyard shift at a twenty-four-hour deli in Brooklyn is a struggle. Plus, he’s up to his eyeballs in credit card debt. Never mind the state of his student loans.

Pop juggernaut Leanna Smart has enough social media followers to populate whole continents. The brand is unstoppable. She graduated from child stardom to become an international icon and her adult life is a queasy blur of private planes, step-and-repeats, aspirational hotel rooms, and strangers screaming for her just to notice them.

When Leanna and Pablo meet at 5:00 a.m. at the bodega in the dead of winter it’s absurd to think they’d be A Thing. But as they discover who they are, who they want to be, and how to defy the deafening expectations of everyone else, Lee and Pab turn to each other. Which, of course, is when things get properly complicated.

Potentially Sensitive Areas: Marijuana, Strong language, Strong sexual themes



Booklist starred (August 2019 (Vol. 115, No. 22))
Grades 9-12. Pablo has dropped out of college, is massively in debt, and feels aimless. One night when he is working the overnight shift at the 24-hour health food bodega, he meets Lee, who breaks him out of his rut. They have witty banter and great chemistry, but at the end of their encounter he figures out that she is Leanna Smart—the pop mega-star whose image is plastered everywhere and whose songs are inescapable on the radio. Navigating these barriers while falling in love pushes them into uncharted territory, and while it’s swoony and dramatic, it’s also messy and fraught. Choi (Emergency Contact) has penned a smart and funny read that is as much about finding your path as it is about falling in love. Pablo is a winning narrator with a natural voice, and readers will root for him in his romance with Lee, as well as on his rocky journey to self-actualization. Choi’s specificity, realistic dialogue, and humor ensure that the personal and romantic journeys feel warm and rewarding but never saccharine. Pablo’s friends and family, a diverse cast with rich inner lives of their own, are loving but firm with him, and readers will relate to the ultimate message of the book, delivered by his father: “Doing nothing is the only stupid.”

Kirkus Reviews (July 1, 2019)
A chance encounter between a college dropout and a pop star in a New York City deli leads to unexpected romance—and expected complications. Korean Pakistani American Pablo Rind, a former NYU student struggling to figure out what he wants to do with his life, is weighed down by a mountain of student loans and credit card debt. Feeling paralyzed by his Korean anesthesiologist mother’s high expectations, he works the graveyard shift at a deli. Into his monotonous existence comes Carolina Suarez, aka mega-star Leanna Smart, who enters the store early one morning on a snack run. Mutual attraction (and a shared love of snacks) leads to a whirlwind, jet-setting romance, but when the disparity between their worlds puts pressure on their relationship, Pablo is given the opportunity to come to some hard realizations about himself and the responsibilities he’s been avoiding for too long. That, along with some prodding from friends and family compels him to finally face what he needs to do in order to change his life, stop taking his loved ones for granted, and pursue his dreams. While the language has a contemporary feel and the range of diverse, appealing characters accurately reflects modern-day New York, the plot frequently drags, and character development is weak. Hip characters and jargon adorn a predictable storyline and unconvincing romance. (Fiction. 14-18)

About the Author

Mary H.K. Choi is a Korean-American author, editor, television and print journalist. She is the author of young adult novel Emergency Contact (2018). She is the culture correspondent on Vice News Tonight on HBO and was previously a columnist at Wired and Allure magazines as well as a freelance writer. She attended a large public high school in a suburb of San Antonio, then college at the University of Texas at Austin, where she majored in Textile and Apparel.

Her website is www.choitotheworld.com.

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