United States Weather Service was created in 1870. Today the Weather Service is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Children can find out more about the Weather Service at: http://www.weather.gov/owlie/science_kt.
Volleyball was invented by William G. Morgan of Massachusetts in 1895. He invented a game to be played indoors and that would provide good exercise but not as much physical contact as other sports, for example basketball.
Beatles appeared for the first time on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. Over 73 million people watched the program. Idea: Have the class create acts for a variety show.
Halley’s Comet was visible in 1986. Named after Edmund Halley, the scientist who conducted extensive research on the comet, the comet has been documented since 240 BCE. The comet will appear again around July 28, 2061.
Dick Gackenbach (born Allentown, Pennsylvania, 1927) writes and illustrates books for children. His works include Harry and the Terrible Whatzit and Hattie Rabbit.
William Henry Harrison (born Berkeley, Virginia, 1773; died Washington, DC, April 4, 1841) was the ninth president (1841) of the United States. After a successful military career, he served in the House of Representatives, the Senate, and as ambassador to Colombia. His presidential campaign slogan was “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too.” His inaugural address was delivered in the cold and rain. He developed pneumonia and died a month later. Children could visit a website at: William Henry Harrison. They could find out what happened at Tippecanoe.
Amy Lowell (born Brookline, Massachusetts, 1874; died Brookline, Massachusetts, May 12, 1925) was a poet. Children can read some of her works at: Project Gutenberg.
Lydia Estes Pinkham (born Lynn, Massachusetts, 1819; died Lynn, Massachusetts, May 17, 1883) produced and sold Lydia Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound. Containing about 18 percent alcohol, the medicine was supposed to be therapeutic. After her death, the business became quite sound financially. Children could learn more at: Lydia Estes Pinkham.
Alice Walker (born Eatonton, Georgia, 1944) is an author. One of her books is The Color Purple, which received the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Children can visit her website at: Alice Walker.