Taiwan celebrates Republic Day, the 1911 anniversary of the Chinese Revolution. Located between the Taiwan Strait and the Philippine Sea, the main island and several smaller islands have an area of about 1.15 times the size of Maryland. Over 23 million people live in Taiwan, and Taipei is the capital. Children could learn more at: Taiwan.
Fiji celebrates Independence Day. The United Kingdom gave up custody of the three hundred islands in 1970. The islands, located in the South Pacific, depend on agriculture and tourism for income. The total area of Fiji is about the area of the state of New Jersey. Around 900,000 people live there. Suva is the capital. Older children could learn more at: Fiji.
United States Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1845. Fifty students were taught by seven professors. Today the academy has an enrollment around 4500, and the academic staff exceeds 500.
Synthetic detergent (Dreft, produced by Proctor and Gamble) was sold in 1933. Older children can learn the differences between soap and detergent at a GREAT website: https://www.explainthatstuff.com/detergents.html.
London Bridge was moved to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, in 1971. Spanning the River Thames, London Bridge was built in 1831. However, by around 1970 the bridge was not structurally sound for modern traffic. The government planned to dismantle it. Robert P. McCulloch, founder of Lake Havasu City, purchased the bridge. The pieces were dismantled, numbered, shipped to Arizona, and reassembled. The bridge, connecting portions of Lake Havasu City, also became a tourist attraction.
Nancy L. Carlson (born Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1953) has written and illustrated over 60 books for children. Her works include the Harriet series and the Loudmouth George series. Children can visit her website at: Nancy Carlson.
James Marshall (born San Antonio, Texas, 1942; died New York, New York, October 13, 1992) was a children’s author and illustrator. He wrote among other works the Miss Nelson books. He also created the George and Martha series. Children can learn more at: James Marshall.
Daniel San Souci (born San Francisco, California, 1948) is a children’s book author and illustrator. One of his books is Ice Bear and Little Fox. He often worked with his brother, Robert.
Robert San Souci (born San Francisco, California, 1946; died San Francisco, California, December 19, 2014) was a children’s book author. His books include Fa Mulan and Sister Tricksters.
Giuseppi Verdi (born Le Roncole, Italy, 1813; died Milan, Italy, January 27, 1901) was a composer. His works include Rigoletto and Aida.
Benjamin West (born near Springfield, Pennsylvania, 1738; died London, England, March 11, 1820) was a painter. Children can view several of his works at: Benjamin West.