Rosh Hashanah, New Year in the Jewish calendar, begins today at sundown and concludes Tuesday, October 1 at sundown. The days are spent in worship and with family. Yom Kippur begins on October 8 at sundown and concludes on October 9 at sundown. Children could learn more by reading Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, by Howard Greenfield.
Washington National Cathedral cornerstone was laid in 1907. Construction was completed on this day in 1990. The building was damaged by the August 23, 2011, earthquake; repairs continue to be made. Helen Keller’s and Ann Sullivan’s remains are interred there. Children can learn more at: National Cathedral.
Ulysses, a space probe sponsored by NASA and the European Space Agency, completed its second trip around the sun in 1995. Launched from Space Shuttle Discovery on October 6, 1990, Ulysses conducted three series of experiments regarding the sun. It also investigated three comets. Communications with Ulysses stopped on June 30, 2009.
Stan Berenstain (born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1923; died Bucks County, Pennsylvania, November 26, 2005) was a children’s author. He and his wife created the Berenstain Bears series. Children could learn more at: Stan Berenstain.
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (born Alcala de Henares, Spain, 1547; died Madrid, Spain, April 23, 1616) was a writer. One of his most famous works is Don Quixote. Children can read many of his works at: Project Gutenberg.
Enrico Fermi (born Rome, Italy, 1901; died Chicago, Illinois, November 28, 1954) was a physicist. He immigrated to the United States in 1938. He developed the first nuclear chain reaction, and he was part of the team that developed the atomic bomb. He received the 1938 Nobel Prize in physics.
Matthew Gollub (born Culver City, California, 1960) has written at least 25 books for children. His works include The Moon Was at a Fiesta and Gobble, Quack, Moon. Children can learn more at: Matthew Gollub.
Dorothy Kunhardt (born New York, New York, 1901; died Beverly, Massachusetts, December 23, 1979) was the author of Pat the Bunny and about 50 other books. Approximately seven million copies of Pat the Bunny, first published in 1940, have been purchased.
Marissa Moss (born Jeannette, Pennsylvania, 1959) writes and illustrates books for children. Her works include the Amelia series and Rachel’s Journal: The Story of a Pioneer Girl. Children can visit her website at: Marissa Moss.