Happy Earth Day! April 22nd is Earth Day, a day for raising awareness about the environment. The first Earth Day was in 1970, and History.com reports that the increased public support for protecting the environment led to the passing of ” the Clean Air Act, the Water Quality Improvement Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act and the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act. Another key development was the establishment in December 1970 of the Environmental Protection Agency, which was tasked with protecting human health and safeguarding the natural environment—air, water and land.”
You can learn more about the history of Earth at History.com, and you can celebrate by coming into the library and borrowing seeds from our Seed Library to grow at home!
Of course, the first ever recorded Olympic Games was in 776 B.C. but the games were banned in 393 A.D. So, April 6th, 1896 was the date that the first modern Olympic Games was held:
The Olympic Games, a long-lost tradition of ancient Greece, are reborn in Athens 1,500 years after being banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I. At the opening of the Athens Games, King Georgios I of Greece and a crowd of 60,000 spectators welcomed athletes from 13 nations to the international competition.
You can read more about these first modern Olympic Games at http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-modern-olympic-games and you can check out our books on the Olympics!
Happy April Fool’s Day!
Did you know that this holiday has been celebrated for centuries? It gained a lot of popularity during the 1700s in England. History.com has an article about some of the best modern day pranks:
In 1957, the BBC reported that Swiss farmers were experiencing a record spaghetti crop and showed footage of people harvesting noodles from trees; numerous viewers were fooled. In 1985, Sports Illustrated tricked many of its readers when it ran a made-up article about a rookie pitcher named Sidd Finch who could throw a fastball over 168 miles per hour. In 1996, Taco Bell, the fast-food restaurant chain, duped people when it announced it had agreed to purchase Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell and intended to rename it the Taco Liberty Bell. In 1998, after Burger King advertised a “Left-Handed Whopper,” scores of clueless customers requested the fake sandwich.
What’s the best prank you’ve pulled on April Fool’s Day?
On this day March 10th in 1876, the very first understandable speech was transmitted over the telephone. Alexander Graham Bell spoke through the telephone and told his assistant, “Mr. Watson, come here. I want you.” Just three days before this, on March 7th, Bell had received a patent for his telephone system. In 1877, Bell would found the Bell Telephone Company, a company that would later be bought by the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T). You can read more about Bell and his invention of the telephone by clicking on the link: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/speech-transmitted-by-telephone. You can also borrow books about Alexander Graham Bell or the telephone.
“Alexander Graham Bell” by City of Boston Archives is licensed under CC BY 2.0