May 172022
 

Flag of Norway

Norway celebrates Constitution Day. Norway adopted its constitution on 1814. This long and skinny country, bordering the North Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, has an area slightly larger than that of New Mexico. Mountains and fjords alternate with valleys. About 4.7 million people live in the Scandinavian country, and most of the population lives in the warmer, southern region. The country exports petroleum and petroleum products. Oslo is the capital. Children can learn more at: Norway.

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May 172022
 

New York Stock Exchange was created in 1792. Approximately 20 businessmen would meet under a buttonwood tree on Wall Street in New York City and trade stock. If the weather was bad, they met in a coffeehouse.

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May 172022
 

Thurgood MarshallBrown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision was announced in 1954. The Supreme Court ruled against segregation in education. “Separate but equal” was not equal. Thurgood Marshall, pictured here, was one of the lawyers representing Brown. Children can learn more at: Brown v Board of Education.

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May 172022
 

Eloise Greenfield (born Parmele, North Carolina, 1929; died Washington, DC, August 5, 2021) wrote at least 48 books (fiction, biographies, non-fiction, and poetry) for children. Her biography Paul Robeson received the 1976 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. Africa Dream earned Greenfield the 1976 Coretta Scott King Medal. She received the 2018 Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Edward Jenner (born Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England, 1749; died Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England, January 26, 1823) discovered the vaccine for smallpox. In 1980 health experts declared that the world was free from smallpox. Children can learn MUCH more at this very interesting website: Edward Jenner.

Grace Lin (born New Hartford, New York, 1974) writes and illustrates books for children. Her book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon received a 2010 Newbery Honor Award. Children can learn more at her website: Grace Lin.

Gary Paulsen (born Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1939; died Tularosa, New Mexico, October 13, 2021) wrote more than 200 books for young adults. Dogsong earned a 1986 Newbery Honor Award. His book The Winter Room received a 1990 Newbery Honor Award. Perhaps his most notable work was Hatchet. He received the Margaret A. Edwards Award in 1997 for his body of work.

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