News Display: World War I Begins, Thursday, 7/28Need 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.
The assassination in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914 of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austrian throne, by Gavrilo Princip, a Yugoslav nationalist, triggered one of the deadliest conflicts in human history: 15 million people died over a four year period. Germany invaded Belgium, Luxembourg, and France; Austria and Hungary invaded Serbia; Russia attacked Prussia; and more countries became involved, forming the Allies and Central Powers of World War I.
By the end of the Great War, the Germans and Russians were defeated; the Austrian-Hungarian and Ottomon Empires had collapsed; Central Europe was re-mapped; and the League of Nations was formed to help prevent a future re-occurrence.
In recognition of the anniversary of the spark that triggered unprecedented global military conflict, stories from the time will be displayed, detailing the origin, battles, timeline, and outcome of the first World War.
Did you know that on July 6,1862 Samuel Clemens began reporting under the pen name Mark Twain for Territorial Enterprise, a newspaper based in Virginia City, Nevada, a busy mining town? His newspaper stories, which revealed a talent for writing, covered prospecting for gold and silver and other facets of frontier life and society. Twain travelled further afield to cover news about California, where he published his celebrated short story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County".
Be sure to read stories about Mark Twain's career as a journalist and check out the current Everett Cafe book display, Lessons from the Gilded Age, where Mark Twain is featured.
Leading American essayist, author, humorist, poet and literary stylist and author of such beloved children's classics as Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, and Trumpet of the Swan. E. B (Elwyn Brooks) White was born on July 11, 1899 in Mount Vernon, New York. White wrote over seventeen books of prose and poetry; won extensive awards; and was elected to American Academy of Fine Arts and Letters.
In honor, we share news articles about E.B. White and his influence.
On July 21, 1925, Tennessee schoolteacher John Scopes was convicted of teaching evolution and ordered to pay a $100 fine. The trial, known as the Scopes Monkey Trial, began 11 days prior and came to represent the trial of the century in that it questioned fundamental Christian belief, so strong in the South, in Divine Creation. William Jennings Bryan, Democratic presidential candidate served to prosecute, while Clarence Darrow, leader of the American Civil Liberties Union, defended the case which drew national and worldwide attention and greatly affected public opinion, including interpretation of the First Amendment.