Saint Patrick’s Day remembers the death of Bishop Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. Bishop Patrick was born circa AD 389 and died circa AD 461. Born in England, he brought Christianity to Ireland. Little is really known about his life. Children could read St. Patrick’s Day by Gail Gibbons.
Ireland celebrates its National Holiday, Saint Patrick’s Day. Slightly smaller than the state of West Virginia, Ireland has 4.6 million people. Dublin is the capital.
Rubber band was patented by Stephen Perry, a British citizen, in 1845. He developed the rubber band, made from natural rubber, to keep papers and envelopes together. Children could list the ways we use rubber bands today.
First glider flight in the United States occurred in 1893. John Joseph Montgomery flew his glider near Otay, California.
First submarine was launched in 1898. John Phillip Holland, owner of the John P. Holland Torpedo Boat Company, created the Holland Submarine. It submerged for about 100 minutes in a shipyard in Elizabethtown, New Jersey.
Campfire Girls of America was created in 1910. In 1975 the group decided to admit boys and changed the name to Campfire Girls and Boys of America. In 2001 the group changed its name to Camp Fire USA, and in 2012 another name change produced Camp Fire. Children could learn more at: Camp Fire.
National Gallery of Art opened in 1941 in Washington, DC. President Franklin Roosevelt officiated at the opening. The museum was created in 1937 when a number of wealthy art collectors donated many of their acquisitions to become the core of the exhibits. It has a fine collection of artwork, ranging from the medieval period to the present. Children could visit the Internet site, especially the online tours, at: http://www.nga.gov. They could also pretend to be curators for the National Gallery of Art and decide which works of art to add to the collection. They could also view the amazing children’s portion of the website at: NGA Kids.