Denmark celebrates Constitution Day. Its constitution was written in 1953, and the country is now a constitutional monarchy. According to the CIA World Factbook, Denmark is about twice the size of Massachusetts. The country is composed of the Jutland Peninsula and a number of islands. Because it is bordered by the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, winters are comparatively mild and summers are cool. About 5.6 million people live in Denmark. Copenhagen is the capital. Children can learn more at: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/places/find/denmark/.
Hot air balloon was flown for the first time in 1783. Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier launched their globe aerostatique in Annonay, France. The unmanned balloon ascended 1,500 feet and traveled for a distance of about 7,500 feet.
Bananas were imported into the United States for the first time in 1876. Children could learn more about bananas at: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/food/bananas.html. Then they could make banana pudding and read Bananas Gorilla by Richard Scarry. Today is Scarry’s birthday.
Allan Ahlberg (born England, 1938) has written at least 120 books for children. His wife Janet illustrated many of his books until she died in 1994. One of their collaborations is Each Peach Plum Pear. He also wrote The Jolly Postman.
John Couch Adams (born Laneast, Cornwall, England, 1819; died Cambridge, England, January 21, 1892) was a mathematician and astronomer. Using only mathematics, he predicted the location of the planet Neptune in 1845.
Jill Biden (born Hammonton, New Jersey, 1951) is the wife of former Vice President Joe Biden. Her title was Second Lady of the United States.
Franklyn Branley (born New Rochelle, New York, 1915; died New Brunswick, Maine, May 5, 2002) wrote at least 115 books for children. Most of his books were about science, especially astronomy.
Rick Riordan (born San Antonio, Texas, 1964) writes books for young adults. His Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is extremely popular. Children can visit his website at: http://www.rickriordan.com/home.aspx.
Richard Scarry (born Boston, Massachusetts, 1919; died Gstaad, Switzerland, April 30, 1994) was a children’s author and illustrator. He wrote more than 300 books, and over 100 million copies of his books were sold. His books include Busy, Busy Town and Bananas Gorilla. Children could learn more at: http://www.bookologymagazine.com/resources/authors-emeritus/scarry-richard/.
Socrates (born Athens, Greece, 469 BC; died 399 BC) was a philosopher and a teacher. One of his most famous sayings is “the unexamined life is not worth living.” Idea: Children could find out more about the Socratic method of teaching at: http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/worldhistory/socrates1.htm.