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DECTIONARY DEBUTED ON THIS DAY IN 1884

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February 1, 1884: The first portion, or fascicle, of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), considered the most comprehensive and accurate dictionary of the English language, was published. Today, the OED
is the definitive authority on the meaning, pronunciation and history
of over half a million English words, past and present.

J. A. H. Murray in his scriptorium.
James Murray, first editor of the OED.

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IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO RETURN A BOOK

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New Chronicles of Rebecca – originally checked out from Boise’s Carnegie Public Library in 1910! – was recently returned. With a
fine of two cents per day for 111 years, whoever checked out this
book would owe $803–thank goodness the Boise Public Libraries
are now fine free!

That’s what the Boise Public Library let its patrons know when a
book returned to its facility more than a century later.

The book in question – the "New Chronicles of Rebecca" by Kate Douglas
Wiggin is the sequel to Wiggin’s first fictional novel "Rebecca of Sunnybrook 
Farm." Both books were published in the early 20th century (1903 and1907) 
(and followed the life of Rebecca Rowena Randall, who  grows up in rural
Maine.

According to the book’s internal library slip, the book had been borrowed
a total of 15 times before it went missing from the Carnegie Public Library.

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SPECIAL COMMISSION APPOINTED IN 1963

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On November 29, 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed
a special commission to investigate the
assassination of
President John F. Kennedy, which had occurred a week earlier,
on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas.

Johnson issued an Executive Order appointing the President’s
Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy which
became referred to as the Warren Commission, after its leader,
Chief Justice Earl Warren.

 


Gerald Ford (left) looks on as Chief Justice Earl Warren
presents the Commission’s report to President Lyndon
Johnson.

The Warren Report: The Official Report on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy: Various: 9781299002005: Amazon.com: Books

 

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REMEMBER THESE GREAT LITTLE BOOKS?

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When Little Golden Books were first published in 1942 by Random
House, when high-quality books for children hadn’t been available
at a price most people could afford. Little Golden Books changed
that! Priced at just 25 cents and sold where people shopped every 
day, they caused an instant sensation and were soon purchased 
by the hundreds of thousands. Created by such talented writers 
as Margaret Wise Brown (author of Goodnight Moon) and Richard 
Scarry, Little Golden Books have helped millions of children 
develop a lifelong love of reading.

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        ARE YOU OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER?

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        Children's Book Authors : BIRTH | Aug. 12–Zerna Sharp (Dick and Jane Books)


        Dick and Jane
        are the two main characters created by
        Zerna Sharp
        for a series of
        basal readers written by William S. Gray to teach
        children to read. The characters first appeared in the
        Elson-Gray
        Readers
        in 1930 and continued in a subsequent series of books
        through the final version in 1965. These readers were used in
        classrooms in the United States and in other English-speaking
        countries for nearly four decades, reaching the height of their
        popularity in the 1950s, when 80 percent of first-grade students
        in the United States used them.

        Zerna Addis Sharp (1889-1981) | WikiTree FREE Family Tree
        Zerna Addis Sharp
        (August 12, 1889 – June 17, 1981)

        Dick and Jane: Story of These Early Readers - America Comes Alive

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