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Saturday January 10, 2009
Question: My son's birthday is June 6, and I want to make him a birthday scrapbook. I was wondering what historical events other than D-Day share this date.
Answer: As you know, D-Day was June 6, 1944. It was the day when the Allies invaded the beaches of Normandy, France. These additional 150 thousand troops helped to put an end to World War II. While it is likely the most known, D-Day isn't the only nationally-relevant event to fall on your son's birthday. Some of the more historically important events include suffragist Susan B. Anthony being fined for voting in Rochester, N.Y. in 1872 and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt creating the Securities and Exchange Commission in 1934. American Revolutionary Patriot Nathan Hale ("I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country") was born on this date in 1755, and tennis great Bjorn Borg was born on June 6, 1956.
The first drive-in movie opened in Camden, New Jersey on June 6, 1933. The television show, "Sex and the City" premiered on this date in 1998 and TV news show, "20/20" debuted on June 6, 1978.
To find the answer to your question, I used "Chase's Calendar of Events 2008: The Ultimate Go-to Guide for Special Days, Weeks and Months." This is a handy research tool that outlines historical events, birth dates of famous people and items of popular interest for each day of the year. In addition, this reference book has a variety of calendars, from world civil calendars to religious holidays. The perpetual calendar is useful for anyone who needs to know what day of the week a date will fall on in the future.
A listing of special events and months includes such festivals as the "Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival" and the "Chicken and Egg Festival" and give us information about special designations. For example: did you know that June was "National Iced Tea Month"?
There are many useful lists such as the Names of Atlantic and Pacific Hurricanes for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010 and phases of the moon, as well as Presidential Proclamations and listings of all major awards.
Another quick and easy tool for finding information like this is the Web site www.answers.com.
Good luck with your scrapbook and be sure to save some birthday cake for your favorite librarian!
Today's question was answered by Debbie Collier a reference librarian at Tompkins County Public Library. Send your questions by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 272-4557 or visit the library at 101 E. Green St., Ithaca, NY.