News Display: Robert Louis Stevenson Sets Sail for the South Seas, Tuesday, 6/28Need to keep current, look to the past, teach a topic? The Everett Cafe features daily postings of news from around the world, and also promotes awareness of historical events from an educational context.
On June 28, 1888 ailing Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson and his family departed from San Francisco in pursuit of the South Seas. Suffering from tuberculosis and in need of a healthier climate, Stevenson would journey on the yacht Casco for three years, eventually to settle in Vailima, Samoa in the exotic Polynesian Islands.
In addition to Kidnapped (1846) Treasure Island (1883), A Child's Garden of Verses (1885), and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886), Robert Louis Stevenson wrote numerous travel essays and accounts, inspired by his love for adventure. His works continue to be popular and read in schools throughout the world. Stevenson died in Samoa at the age of 44, just six years after settling there.
On June 6, 1944, the Allies crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy. This successful invasion by land, air, and sea under the command of U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower marked the beginning of the end of World War II and the defeat of the German Reich. By the end of June, the Allied forces would amass approximately 850,000 troops and 150,000 military vehicles on the Northern French coast -- all set to march across Europe in what was proven the most widespread and deadly theater of military history.
On the anniversary of D-Day we highlight relevant news and draw attention to the inclusion of the Normandy landings in the school curricula via our blog on Learning at the Library.
Symbolizing the sovereignty of the rule of law and, in effect, a peace treaty between the monarch and his barons, the Magna Carta or "Great Charta" was sealed by King John of England on June 15, 1215. With its preamble and 63 clauses, the document, even if it did establish a Parliament, heralded the development of democratic England, in which the King would respect feudal rights, freedom of the Church, and the nation's law.
News will feature stories about the history and influence of the Magna Carta, including its bearing centuries later upon the founding principles of the United States constitution.
The Higher Education Act of 1972 included Title IX legislation, which significantly barred discrimination in higher education programs, especially funding for sports and other extra curricular activities. On June 23rd, President Richard M. Nixon signed the act, co-authored and introduced by Senator Birch Bayh of Indiana, into law and paved the way for increased participation by women in collegiate sports and athletics.
We will feature stories about the creation and development of the Higher Education Act, which was renamed the Patsy Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act in 2002 after co-author Patsy Mink, Representative of Ohio.