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Let’s Celebrate Maurice Sendak’s Birthday

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Here’s some interesting facts about this famed children’s author and illustrator on the occasion of his birthday. Maurice Sendak (June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2012) is best known as the author and illustrator of the famous children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are.”  He is also known as the illustrator for the “Little Bear”

Happy Birthday, Nikki Giovanni!

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Let’s honor this iconic poet and Civil Rights activist on her birthday. On June 7th, 1943, Yolande Cornelia “Nikki” Giovanni, Jr. was born in Knoxville, Tennessee.  She graduated magna cum laude from Fisk in 1967 with a B.A. in history. Growing up during the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S., Giovanni established herself as one of the leading

Happy Birthday John F. Kennedy!

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Welcome to the amazing life of President John F. Kennedy on his birthday. Today marks John F. Kennedy’s (1917-1963) birthday.  Kennedy is best known for being the 35th president of the United States and for his infamous assassination during a presidential motorcade in 1963.  Though his life and presidency were cut short, Kennedy was incredibly

Today, The Golden Gate Bridge Opened

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On May 27, 1937, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge opened to the public. Today marks the 82nd anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge’s official opening.  On the day of the opening—called “Pedestrian Day”— approximately 200,000 pedestrians walked over the 4,200-foot-long suspension bridge that hung over the entrance to San Francisco Bay.  Even today, the Golden

Here’s to International Museum Day!

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Today is International Museum Day. Every year the International Council of Museums (ICOM) organizes International Museum Day to raise awareness for museums’ role in “cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures, and development of mutual understanding, cooperation, and peace among peoples.” This year, the theme for International Museum Day is “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The future of

On This Day in History: The First Kentucky Derby Took Place

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On this day in 1875, Churchill Downs saw its first Kentucky Derby. Since its first race in 1875, the Kentucky Derby has been the longest-running sports event in the United States.  Also known as the “Run for the Roses,” the Derby features three-year-old thoroughbreds that race 1.25 miles.  Today, the race continues to be held

On This Day in History: The Pulitzer Prize was Created

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Let’s learn more about the Pulitzer Prize. The Pulitzer Prize is an award that recognizes achievements in the fields of journalism, literature, and musical composition.  This award was first established in 1917 when newspaper publisher, Joseph Pulitzer left provisions in his will to reward outstanding persons in the aforementioned fields.  Today, prizes are awarded annually