Today is Father’s Day! Father’s Day is the third Sunday in June. Mrs. John B. Dodd proposed the idea of Father’s Day in 1910. President Calvin Coolidge approved of the holiday in 1924, but it did not become an official Presidential Proclamation until 1966. Public Law 92-278 made it an official holiday in 1972. Children can learn more at: http://www.loc.gov/wiseguide/jun03/father.html.
United States declared war against Great Britain, starting the War of 1812. Some people call the war the Second War of American Independence. The war ended December 24, 1814. Children could learn more at: http://www.americaslibrary.gov/aa/madison/aa_madison_war_1.html.
Napoleon was defeated at Waterloo in 1815 by Wellington and Blucher. This military loss ended Napoleon’s reign in France, and the British exiled him to Saint Helena where he died in 1821.
Sally Ride in 1983 became the first American woman and the third woman in space. She and four other crew members were in the Challenger for six days. Since then, at least 60 women, including females from France, India, United Kingdom, South Korea, Italy, Japan, Canada, and China, have flown in space. Children can learn more about Sally Ride at: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/stories/nasa-knows/who-was-sally-ride-k4.html.
Pam Conrad (born New York, New York, 1947; died Long Island, New York, January 22, 1996) wrote books for children. She received the 1991 Edgar Award for Stonewords. Her book Our House: Stories of Levittown earned a 1995 Newbery Honor Award.
Pat Hutchins (born Yorkshire, England, 1942) has written and illustrated around 50 books for children. She received the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1974 for The Wind Blew. Children can learn more at: http://pathutchins.com/.
George Leigh Mallory (born Moberley, Cheshire, England, 1886; died climbing Mount Everest, June 8, 1924) was a mountain climber. His body was found in 1999 at around 27,000 feet. Experts are still puzzled as to whether he and his companion died on the way up or on the way down. He was asked why he wanted to climb the highest mountain in the world. His famous response was, “Because it is there.”
Angela Johnson (born Tuskegee, Alabama, 1961) is a poet. She has also written at least 40 books for children. She received the 1999 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award for The Other Side. She has earned several Coretta Scott King Awards: an Honor Award in 1991 for When I Am Old with You, the 1994 Medal for Toning the Sweep, a 1999 Honor Award for Heaven, and the 2004 Medal for The First Part Last. The 2004 Michael L. Printz Award was given to her for The First Part Last. Children can learn more at: http://www.ajohnsonauthor.com/.
Chris Van Allsburg (born Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1949) is a children’s author and illustrator. He earned a 1980 Caldecott Honor Award for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. He received the 1981 Caldecott Medal for Jumanji and another Caldecott Medal for The Polar Express in 1985. Children can visit his website at: http://www.chrisvanallsburg.com/flash.html.
Vivian Vande Velde (born Rochester, New York, 1951) writes books for children and young adults. Her Never Trust a Dead Man earned the 2000 Edgar Award. Children can learn more at: http://www.vivianvandevelde.com/.