According to Greek literature, the Trojan Horse entered Troy on April 24, 1184 BC. The Greeks and the people of Troy were at war with each other. The Greeks tricked the Trojans by creating an enormous wooden horse and then hiding their best soldiers inside. They wheeled the horse up to the city gates and left. The Trojans thought the horse was an acknowledgment that the Greeks were giving up. They opened the city gates and wheeled the horse in. That night the soldiers crawled out of the horse, opened up the city gates, brought in many more soldiers, and defeated the Trojans.
Library of Congress was created in 1800 when Congress appropriated $5,000 to buy books that Congressional leaders might need. Located in Washington, DC, it is the country’s oldest federal cultural center. Today the Library occupies three large buildings with another building housing a conservation center. Its collections exceed 173 million artifacts, which are cared for by over 3,000 employees. Anyone can conduct research within the buildings, but only high-ranking individuals may remove materials from the facilities. Children could investigate the Library of Congress website for children at: http://www.loc.gov/families/. The site is truly filled with many, many ideas. Remember to keep scrolling and scrolling!
Hubble Space Telescope was deployed from the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1990. Unfortunately the lenses were not working properly until a shuttle team could repair it in 1993. It was modified again in 1997 and once more in 2009. Because the telescope is beyond earth’s atmosphere, it can detect images seven to ten times better than any earth scope. The size of a school bus, the telescope continues to send back amazing images of our universe. Children can check out all the Hubble resources at: http://hubblesite.org/gallery/. NASA has a special site to celebrate Hubble’s birthday: Hubble Birthday. There you can enter your birthday to see what Hubble saw that day!
Edmund Cartwight (born Nottinghamshire, England, 1743; died Hastings, Sussex, England, October 30, 1823) was an inventor and a cleric. He created the power loom for weaving. Idea: Children could weave on a simple loom. They could then appreciate how the power loom made the production of textiles more efficient.
Evaline Ness (born Union City, Ohio, 1911; died New York, New York, August 12, 1986) wrote and/or illustrated more than 30 books for children. She received three Caldecott Honor Awards: in 1964 for All in the Morning Early, in 1965 for A Pocketful of Cricket, and in 1966 for Tom Tit Tot. Her book Sam, Bangs, & Moonshine won the 1967 Caldecott Award. Children could learn more at: Evaline Ness.
Jasmine Warga (born Cincinnati, Ohio, 1988) writes books for children. Her Other Words for Home received a 2020 Newbery Honor Award. Her other works include The Shape of Thunder and Here We Are Now. Children could visit her website at: Jasmine Warga.
Robert Penn Warren (born Guthrie, Kentucky, 1905; died Stratton, Vermont, September 15, 1989) was an American writer. He won the 1947 Pulitzer Prize for All the King’s Men.