Hawaii was annexed to the United States in 1898. Children could find out how the United States obtained the islands at: Hawaii.
Echo 1A, the first passive communications satellite, was successfully launched in 1960. The 100-foot diameter balloon reflected communications signals to desired locations. Only one other passive communications satellite was launched until NASA decided to use active satellites. Experts predicted Echo 1A would last only until 1964. However, Echo 1A remained intact and reentered earth’s atmosphere on May 24, 1968. The satellite was destroyed by friction and heat.
Sue, the largest and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex fossil skeleton, was discovered by Sue Hendrickson in South Dakota in 1990. Sue is 42 feet long and probably weighed 6.4 tons when alive. After a dispute over ownership was solved, she was sold to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois. Children could learn more at the Museum’s website at: Sue.
George Wesley Bellows (born Columbus, Ohio, 1882; died New York, New York, January 8, 1925) was an artist. He is best known for his realistic works about city life. Children could view many of his works at: George Wesley Bellows.
Ann M. Martin (born Princeton, New Jersey, 1955) is a children’s author. She has written many books, including The Baby-Sitters Club series. Children could visit a website at: Ann M. Martin.
Christy Mathewson (born Factoryville, Pennsylvania, 1880; died Saranac Lake, New York, October 7, 1925) was a famous baseball player. Idea: Children could examine his baseball statistics, and they could find out if he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. This link could really help: Christy Mathewson.
Fredrick McKissack (born Nashville, Tennessee, 1939; died Chesterfield, Missouri, April 28, 2013) wrote and illustrated books for children. He worked with his wife Patricia to produce more than 100 books. A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter earned the 1990 Coretta Scott King Medal and the 1990 Jane Addams Book Award. Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I a Woman? received a 1993 Coretta Scott King Honor Award. The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural was a 1993 Newbery Honor Book and the 1993 Coretta Scott King Medal winner. The McKissacks earned another Coretta Scott King Medal in 1995 for Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters and still another Coretta Scott King Honor Award in 1997 for Rebels Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts. The McKissacks earned still more Coretta Scott King Honor Awards: one in 2000 for Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers and one in 2004 for Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States. Children could learn more at: Fredrick McKissack.
Walter Dean Myers (born Martinsburg, West Virginia, 1937; died New York, New York, July 1, 2014) wrote over 100 books for young adults. He earned six Coretta Scott King Awards: in 1980 for The Young Landlords, in 1985 for Motown and Didi, in 1989 for Fallen Angels, in 1993 for Somewhere in the Darkness (Honor Award), in 1994 for Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary (Honor Award), and in 2000 for Monster (Honor Award). He earned two Newbery Honor Awards: in 1989 for Scorpions, and in 1993 for Somewhere in the Darkness. He received the first Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature in 2000 for Monster. He also received a 2004 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Honor Award for Blues Journey. The Margaret A. Edwards Award was presented to him in 1994 for his body of work.