Ides of March occurred when Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC. Idea: Children could locate more facts about Caesar’s death and discuss the saying “Beware the Ides of March.”
Maine became the twenty-third state of the United States in 1820. Vikings explored the area around AD 1000. Originally Maine was a part of the Massachusetts colony. Augusta is the state capital, and the state nickname is the “Pinetree State.” People who live in Maine are called Down-Easters. Today fishing, lumbering, and growing potatoes are strong sources of income. It is home to Acadia National Park. The moose is the state mammal. Children can visit an Internet site at: Maine. Idea: Children could find out when and why Maine separated from Massachusetts.
Cincinnati Red Stockings in 1869 became the first professional baseball team in the United States. Today Major League Baseball counts 30 teams, 29 in the United States and one in Canada. Children could enjoy reading The Everything KIDS’ Baseball Book by Greg Jacobs.
Escalator was patented in 1892 by Jesse Reno of New York City. He used his escalator as a ride at Coney Island. Later, by about 1910, the escalator was developed as a mode of moving people.
Blood bank was created in 1937. Dr. Bernard Fantus, of Chicago’s Cook County Hospital, coined the term blood bank and then established the bank. A blood bank is a location where blood is drawn, stored, and preserved for future use in blood transfusions. Children can learn more at: Blood.
Woodrow Wilson spoke before a formal presidential press conference in 1913. The press conference was the first of its kind. Children can see some very interesting data regarding presidents and the number of press conferences held at: Presidential Press Conference.
Barbara Cohen (Asbury Park, New Jersey, 1932; died November 29, 1992) wrote books for children. Her most famous book is Molly’s Pilgrim. She received the 1980 Sydney Taylor Body-of-Work Award. Children could learn more at: Barbara Cohen
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (born Brooklyn, New York, 1933) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. She is the second woman to hold the office. She took the oath of office August 13, 1993.
Andrew Jackson (born Waxhaw, South Carolina, 1767; died Nashville, Tennessee, June 8, 1845) was the seventh president (1829-1837) of the United States. He was nicknamed “Old Hickory” after his leadership in the War of 1812, especially in the Battle of New Orleans. He was the first president to be born in a log cabin, the first to travel by train, and the first to survive an assassination attempt. While he was not a polished man, he did care about the country’s economy and was able to pay off the entire federal debt. Children could visit a website at: Andrew Jackson.
Ruth White (born 1942) writes books for children. She received a 1997 Newbery Honor Award for Belle Prater’s Boy.