Reviews and Blog Posts: On This Day in History

Happy Birthday DIA!

The Denver International Airport officially opened on February 28, 1995 and remains the only major airport opened in the last 25 years. DIA is proud to have the largest solar farm at any commercial airport in the United States of America. Interested in learning more fun facts about DIA?

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Do You Believe in Miracles?!

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The event known as The Miracle on Ice occurred on February 22, 1980 in Lake Placid, New York. The United States Hockey Team defeated the Soviet Union Hockey Team by a score of 4 to 3, widely considered to be the biggest upset in sports history. This win did not secure the gold medal for the team, however, it was earned after defeating the team from Finland.

The Disney film, Miracle, starring Kurt Russell as Coach Brooks, portrayed this historic event to a new generation of sports fans. Paying excellent attention to historical details, the film not only delves into the minds and motivations of the players, but the national fervor that they were embodying.

It Was 47 Years Ago Today...

On February 9, 1964 the Beatles made their first U.S. television appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. This historic event started what was forever known as Beatlemania!

The Beatles films include:

Documentaries about The Beatles:

Amelia Earhart, Queen of Aviation

Amelia Earhart and Frederick G. Bonfils, Rh-173

January 11 marks the 76th anniversary of Amelia Earhart's historic solo Pacific flight. The documentary Where's Amelia Earhart? explores her disappearance years later, as does an episode of Unsolved Mysteries. Can you name the 3 actresses who have recently portrayed Ms. Earhart on the silver screen?

Adventure is worthwhile in itself. 

- Amelia Earhart

Happy Birthday Sesame Street!

Sweepin' the clouds away / On my way to where the air is sweet / Can you tell me how to get, / How to get to Sesame Street...

Sesame Street premiered on public broadcasting television stations on November 10, 1969. It was the first show of its kind based on educational research and helped many children prepare for and succeed in school! Over its 41 year history, Sesame Street has produced over 4,000 shows.

The library owns hundreds of DVDs with Elmo, Abby, Zoe, Baby Bear, Grover, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster, The Count, Bert, Ernie and all your Sesame Street pals!

Happy 90th Birthday 19th Amendment!

Not for ourselves alone. The story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony

What's the big deal about the 19th amendment? In addition to giving women the right to vote, it was an integral moment in the civil rights and equality movements. Victory took decades and few of the initial supporters lived to see their dream realized. Ratified 90 years ago today, we celebrate our freedoms and those who inspired them.

Our 19th amendment guarantees, "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex." Tennessee provided the requisite approval of three-fourths of the states, being the 36th state to ratify the amendment.

Day of Inventions

Day of Inventions

August 12 is a day of inventions. On this day in history, Isaac Singer is granted a patent for his sewing machine; Henry Ford's Model T rolls off the assembly line; and the IBM personal computer is released.

In addition to books about these and other inventions, modern inventors will find PubWEST imminently useful.

My favorite invention, other than running water and the printing press, is duct tape. If I could invent one thing it would be a combined washing machine and dryer or a car that ran on garbage like in Back to the Future 2.

On This Day in History - August 5

Marilyn Monroe

August 5, 1962 - Marilyn Monroe is found dead in her Los Angeles apartment, the circumstances of which are still shrouded in mystery. Born on June 1, 1926, Norma Jean Mortenson's transformation into Marilyn Monroe was not without tragedy. Today we honor her short but stellar life.

Shockingly, Marilyn never believed she was beautiful and struggled with her perceived appearance. She was married 3 times - at 16 to James Dougherty, then to baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, and finally to playwright Arthur Miller.

On This Day in History - Disco Dies

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July 12, 1979 - The infamous "Disco Demolition" took place in Chicago's Comiskey Park. This stunt, blowing up a dumpster full of disco records, turned into a mass riot which resulted in many injuries and arrests. Organizers failed to recognize the appeal of the event, and were swarmed with as many as 80,000 people screaming and hurling their records!

But could Disco ever really die?

On This Day in History - June 15

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James K. Polk, eleventh President of the United States died on this date in 1849 in Nashville, Tennessee. Polk is best known for an incredibly successful one-term presidency, after which he declined a second term.

Like all Presidents, James Knox Polk was a politician, a businessman, but above all, a human being prone to error like the rest of us. While he is credited with having a successful presidency, his actions during his presidency provoked the Mexican War and perhaps even the Civil War.

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