News Display: Poor Richard's Almanack Is Published, Thursday, 12/19

Thursday, 12/19


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  • Poor Richard's Almanack Is Published, Thursday, 12/19
  • On December 19, 1732 Benjamin Franklin published the first edition of Poor Richard's Almanack. It contained the calendar, weather, poems, proverbs, and science and business perspectives, reflecting social and moral values of the time. Franklin named it Poor Richard, influenced in part by Richard Saunders, the seventeenth-century author of Rider's British Merlin, a popular London almanac that was published through the eighteenth century. Featured news will explore the history and impact of Poor Richard's Almanack which was published annually for twenty-five years. See further details on "Inventing Poor Richard", in the online exhibition, Benjamin Franklin: Writer and Printer by James N. Green and Peter Stallybrass of The Library Company of Philadelphia.
  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Tuesday, 12/3
  • The United Nations estimates that over one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world's population, live with some form of disability. "Break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society for all" is the theme for the 2013 International Day of Persons with Disabilities. In support of this international focus, we will feature articles about the history and impact of the day which seeks to promote an understanding of disability issues while mobilizing support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.
  • Phi Beta Kappa Is Founded, Thursday, 12/5
  • Did you know that on December 5, 1776 Phi Beta Kappa was founded when group of five students (Greek and Latin scholars) from the College of William and Mary gathered at Raleigh's Tavern in Williamsburg, Virginia to engage in political debate? Seeking to uphold American values, the fraternity would grow to become not only the oldest honor society for the liberal arts and sciences, but one with 280 active chapters in the United States. Stories about the history and development of Phi Beta Kappa will be displayed, including its publication, The American Scholar.
  • UNICEF Is Established, Wednesday, 12/11
  • December 11, 1946 marks the founding of UNICEF, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, which was established to provide relief and support to children living in countries devastated by World War II. To this day UNICEF serves as a relief organization and leading advocate for children's rights; its focus areas include child survival and development; basic education and gender equality; HIV and aids; child protection; and policy advocacy and partnerships. UNICEF us active in more than 190 countries, territories and areas through country programs and National Committees.


Last Updated: 6:44 am, Tuesday, Nov 5 , 2013