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scary movies for Halloween graphic. pumpkins and scary figures in background
Keith Chaffee, October 31, 2017

It's Halloween and what better time for a marathon of horror movies?


Couples are dancing to the big band music at the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium's "Battle of the Bands" concert, Horace Heidt vs. Bob Crosby, held Saturday night, April 6, 1942
Keith Chaffee, October 30, 2017

In 1942, the big bands ruled American music.


Happy Thanksgiving
Keith Chaffee, November 21, 2017

November 23 is Thanksgiving. The holiday began as a celebration of the fall harvest, and has become a day when we are encouraged to appreciate and give thanks for the joys and blessings in our lives.


federalist papers graphic with an 18th century style signature of We The People
Keith Chaffee, October 24, 2017

On October 27, 1787, the first article was published in a series that would come to be known as the Federalist Papers (e-book, e-audio,


National Book Awards banner
Keith Chaffee, November 16, 2017

On November 15, the winners of the National Book Awards were announced. Awards are given in four categories – Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature.


a drawing of Jane Eyre's face
Keith Chaffee, October 17, 2017

On October 16, 1847, Charlotte Bronte's novel Jane Eyre was published in London, under the pseudonym "Currer Bell." The first American edition was published a year later.


Mark Rothko
Keith Chaffee, September 26, 2017

On September 25, 1903, Mark Rothko was born. With his mother and sister, he emigrated from Russia to the United States at the age of ten, joining his father, who had made the journey some years earlier.


A photo of Cal Ripken, Jr. and text that reads A Week to Remember
Keith Chaffee, September 19, 2017

On September 19, 1998, Cal Ripken, Jr. played in his 2,632nd consecutive Major League Baseball game, the longest streak in baseball history. The previous record was Lou Gehrig's 2,130 games; that record had stood for 56 years when Ripken broke it in 1995.


a painting of Ada Lovelace in a circle in the foreground, with an illustration of a computer circuit board in the background
Keith Chaffee, October 10, 2017

October 10 is Ada Lovelace Day, an annual celebration of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) The event began in 2009 as a challenge to bloggers to post on the same day about women in STEM, and is now internationally observed.


Photo of Agatha Christie and a quote: "time is the best killer"
Keith Chaffee, September 12, 2017

On September 15, 1890, Agatha Christie was born. The popularity of Christie's murder mysteries is record-breaking. She is the most-translated author in history, with books published in more than 100 languages.


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