September equinox, the first day of fall, is today in the northern hemisphere. The first day of spring is celebrated in the southern hemisphere. Today the lengths of day and night are both twelve hours. Children can learn more at: September Equinox.
Saudi Arabia celebrates the 1932 Unification of the Kingdom Day. The country is about one-fifth the size of the United States, and most of the country is covered by desert. Almost 27 million people live in Saudi Arabia, and Riyadh is the capital. Mecca and Medina, Islam’s holiest of shrines, are in Saudi Arabia.
Lewis and Clark finished their exploration in 1806. Their expedition lasted two years, four months, and ten days, ending in St. Louis, Missouri. Their journals described buffalo, grizzly bears, and many other animals. Children could explore a very interesting website: Lewis and Clark.
Neptune was discovered in 1846. In 1841 John Couch Adams began work to find the planet. Urbain J. J. Leverrier, unknown to Adams, also began making calculations. Astronomer Johann G. Galle used their predictions and located the planet. Children could learn more at: Neptune.
Hearing aid was patented in 1879. Richard Rhodes received patent number 219,828 for his Audiphone. Children can learn more about hearing aids at: Hearing Aids.
Augustus (born Rome, 63 BC; died Nola, Italy, August 19, 14 AD) was a ruler of ancient Rome.
Bruce Brooks (born Richmond, Virginia, 1950) writes books for children and young adults. His book Moves Make the Man earned a 1985 Newbery Honor Award, and What Hearts received a 1993 Newbery Honor Award.
William McGuffey (born Washington County, Pennsylvania, 1800; died Charlottesville, Virginia, May 4, 1873) was an educator and author. He penned the McGuffey Readers, a series of books that taught reading to children. At least 122 million books were sold between 1838 and 1960. Children can view the text of some of these readers at: Project Gutenberg.
Victoria Woodhull (born Homer, Ohio, 1838; died Norton Park, Bremmons, Worcestershire, England, June 10, 1927) was an advocate of women’s rights. She was the first woman candidate for the presidency.