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News Display: Remembering Henry Ford, Friday, 7/30

The Everett Cafe features thematic news displays on a wide range of educational topics, in addition to daily postings of headlines from around the world. News posters are becoming a popular teaching aid; you may ask the library staff for any you'd like to keep, or -- first come, first serve -- just help yourself to the poster collection near the first floor services desk and enhance your classroom today!

  • Remembering Henry Ford, Friday, 7/30


  • Born on July 30, 1863 in Greenfield Township, just outside Detroit, was Henry Ford, engineer, prolific inventor, and Founder of the Ford Motor Company. Ford revolutionized industry through his implementation of assembly lines and mass production. He introduced the Model T automobile on October 1, 1908 and was awarded 161 American patents throughout his career. His business philosophy included high wages for his workers, consumerism, franchise, "welfare capitalism" and profit sharing.

    Newspaper stories will focus on Henry Ford's achievements in industry, as we remember his birthday and explore the impact of his success.

    Extensive information about Henry Ford can be found through the online exhibit, The Life of Henry Ford.

  • The First U.S. Zoo Opens, Thursday, 7/1


  • The Philadelphia Zoo, the first zoo in the United States, opened on July 1, 1874. It boasted an inventory of several hundred native and exotic animals which lived on the 42 acre site. According to the Encylclopedia Britannica, the Philadelphia Zoo remains a leader in zoology; in 1901 scientists there developed the first zoo laboratory and in 1938, they established first children’s zoo in the United States. In the 1930s, the Philadelphia zoologists formulated specific diets for its animals, including monkey cake, which is still widely used today.

    For further information be sure to consult the website of the Philadelphia Zoo.

  • Celebrating The World Cup, Friday, 7/9


  • The 2010 World Cup is being held in South Africa, the first time ever in Africa. The most widely viewed sport in the world, this 19th world soccer tournament occurs every four years in host countries throughout the world. A total of 32 teams are competing in this year's World Cup which started on June 11th and will conclude on July 11th.

    In recognition, the Gottesman Libraries will display news stories covering the history and development of the World Cup, from the opening matches of the first tournament on July 13, 1930 in Montevideo, Uruguay, through to more recent games.

    Check the FIFA World Cup site for the latest news.

  • Major New York City Black Out, Tuesday, 7/13


  • The New York City Black Out of 1977 began in mid evening on July 13th when lightning struck a power station, Buchanan South, along the Hudson River. Additional lightning strikes caused outages in other stations, after electricity lines exceeded their capacity.

    The 1977 Black Out differed from other outages in that city wide looting, arson, and other serious crimes occurred. It was not until after 10:30pm July 14 that power was restored in all neighborhoods, except for Rockaways, Queens, which was not affected due to its reliance on Long Island Lighting.

    Headlines reveal the extent of the damage and the steps taken to help prevent recurrence of large scale disorder.

  • First Special Olympics, Tuesday, 7/20


  • On July 19-20, 1968, the 1st International Special Olympics Summer Games were held at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The games were founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Head of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, and Anne McGlone Burke, a special education gym teacher. An estimated 1,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities from 26 U.S. states and Canada competed in track and field and swimming.

    As late as June 2010 the first Special Olympics Global Congress was held in Marrakech, Morocco, bringing together movement leaders from all over the world to plan out the games of 2015.




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