Posts Tagged ‘Britannica ImageQuest’

Happy Birthday, Yosemite National Park!

October 1, 1890

On this day in 1890, an act of Congress created Yosemite National Park. Environmental trailblazer John Muir (1838-1914) and others campaigned for the congressional action, which was signed into law by President Benjamin Harrison.

Interested in seeing Yosemite, but not able to swing a trip to California right now? Do the next best thing … take an armchair trip to Yosemite via Films on Demand.

El Capitan, Yosemite National Park. Photo by George Ranalli.


September 12: On This Day in 1940 – Lascaux Cave Paintings Discovered

Cave painting, Lascaux, Aquitaine, France

12 September
Some of the world’s oldest artwork was discovered this day in 1940 when four young boys stumbled across the Lascaux cave paintings in southern France.  Intrigued?  Read more about it here

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Running deer from the Cave of Lascaux, Montignac, France.

Happy Birthday to the 14th Dalai Lama

July 6

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” — Tenzin Gyatso


Happy birthday to the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, born on this day in 1935.

The Dalai Lama, political and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, at his home. Tenzin Gyatso is the 14th and current Dalai Lama. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.


We Remember Anne Frank on Her Birthday, June 12

Anne Frank’s diary charts two years of her life from 1942 to 1944, while she and her family were in hiding in Amsterdam from German Nazis. The diary begins just before the family retreated to their ‘Secret Annexe’.

Anne Frank, born on June 12, 1929, was one of the millions of victims of the Holocaust.  Anne died of typhus at the age of 15 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945.  Her diary, published as The Diary of Anne Frank, tells the story of her experiences while in hiding with her family in Amsterdam during World War II.

Want to know more about Anne Frank and this time in history?  The BSC Library has the information you need.

JFK Born 101 Years Ago Today

John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963. 35th President of the United States.

29 May
Happy Birthday, John F. Kennedy, who was born 101 years ago today!

Click here to learn more about JFK.


First White House Phone

Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-93) served as 19th President of the United States (1877-1881). He defeated Samuel Tilden (1814-86) in a controversial election and promised to only serve one term. [Peter Newark American Pictures; out of copyright]

10 May
On this day in 1877, President Rutherford B. Hayes installed the first White House phone (never imagining what presidential phones would be used for a century and a half later).

Click here to learn more about telephone technology.

May the Fourth Be with You

4 May
Star Wars Day and International Space Day only align every few years.

2018 is one of those years.

May the Fourth Be with You!


Learn more about Star Wars films here.

Space. Scientists add colors based on light wavelengths to the Hubble images. CREDIT: ESA and NASA / National Geographic Society / Universal Images Group