Moldova celebrates Independence Day. It broke away from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in 1991. Two of its boundaries are formed by the Dneister and Prut Rivers. This landlocked country, slightly larger than the state of Maryland, has fertile soil that promotes good agriculture. About 3.6 million people live in Moldova, and Chisinau is the capital.
First North American drama was performed in 1655 in Acoma, Virginia. Ye Bare and Ye Cubb was written by Phillip A. Bruce. Virginia was one of the few colonies that did not prohibit production of plays.
Petroleum was discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania, in 1859. W. A. Smith found oil as he was sinking a shaft in Pennsylvania. The rig was soon producing twenty barrels of crude oil a day. Children can learn more about oil production and refinement at: Petroleum.
Confucius (born Lu, China, 551 BC; died 479 BC) was a great Chinese philosopher. His philosophy stresses proper relationships with others and personal responsibility. Children could read Confucius: The Golden Rule by Russell Freedman.
Lyndon B. Johnson (born near Stonewall, Texas, 1908; died San Antonio, Texas, January 22, 1973) was the 36th president (1963-1969) of the United States. He fought during World War II and was awarded the Silver Star. After the war, he was elected first to the House of Representatives and then to the Senate. He represented the state of Texas. He soon became the Senate Majority Leader. He was John Kennedy’s vice president and became president when Kennedy was assassinated. Important issues included the War on Poverty and the civil rights movement. The Vietnam War divided the country emotionally, and he did not seek another term in office. Children could visit a website at: Lyndon Johnson.
Suzy Kline (born Berkeley, California, 1943) writes books for children. She is the author of the Horrible Harry books and the Herbie Jones series. Children could visit her website at: Suzy Kline.
Arlene Mosel (born Cleveland, Ohio, 1921; died Indianapolis, Indiana, May 1996) was a librarian and author. She is most known for writing Tikki Tkki Tembo and The Funny Little Woman. Blair Lent received the 1973 Caldecott Medal for the illustrations in the latter book.
Ann Rinaldi (born New York, New York, 1934) has written more than 40 books for children. Her works include Girl in Blue and The Redheaded Princess.
Suzanne Fisher Staples (born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1945) writes books for children. Her works include Shabanu, which received a 1990 Newbery Honor Award. She also wrote The House of Djinn. Children can learn more at: Suzanne Fisher Staples.
Mother Teresa (born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Yugoslavia, 1910; died Calcutta, India, September 5, 1997) was a missionary working with the poor in India. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her work. Children could read Mother Teresa by Demi.