Tag: anniversaries

Happy birthday, George Boole

One of the forefathers of modern computing and information retrieval, George Boole was born 200 years ago today.  Google has celebrated today with a characteristically fun Doodle.

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Happy Birthday Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison, born 11th February 1847,  was an American inventor and businessman. He developed many life changing devices, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera and a long-lasting electric light bulb. Edison recognised the value of resources at his local library. At

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Today in 1800, the Library of Congress was founded

Today in 1800 President John Adams approved provision of $5,000 to buy “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress.” From these inauspicious beginnings, the Library grew to become the largest in the world, housing well over

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Harriet Quimby

Today marks one hundred years since Harriet Quimby’s flight over the English Channel, the first woman ever to do so: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harriet_Quimby Although she sadly died in an air crash a few months after this achievement, Harriet Quimby had a major influence

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The Lumiere Brothers

On this day in 1895 two brothers, Auguste and Louis Lumiere held a screening of their first motion picture, La Sortie de l’Usine Lumiere a Lyon (The Exit from the Lumiere Factory in Lyon). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnVwgLORy2Y These pioneers of early cinema went

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Robert Burns

Today is the birthday of the Scottish poet Robert Burns. Here is some information from the National Library of Scotland about him: http://digital.nls.uk/burns/index.htm And if you fancy a go at making haggis and other Burns Night cuisine: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/occasions/burns_night

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Freddie Mercury, 1946 – 1991

Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the death of Freddie Mercury. In a career of twenty years, Freddie Mercury was one quarter of the groundbreaking rock band, Queen and was arguably one of the greatest showmen in music with one of

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Corduroy Appreciation Day

To celebrate Corduroy Day – that oh, so rare event on the 11.11.11 here are some links: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/features/8881729/11-11-11-the-perfect-day-to-wear-corduroy.html http://corduroyclub.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corduroy   Or for the more traditional amongst you here in the UK: Don’t forget: http://www.poppy.org.uk/ Join Library staff and others

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1000th posting on Thing of the Day!

After four years of rounding up the “bizarre and brilliant of the web” the Library blog reaches a milestone today with the publication of our 1000th posting. To celebrate this achievement we thought it might be fun to have a

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Viking Raid on Lindisfarne

Today marks the 1218th anniversary of the Viking raid on the monastery at Lindisfarne. Now it’s been a while since we’ve had anything with Lego so here’s a video showing the full fury of the Norsemen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXH33jJyqq8&feature=related

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