News Display: Robinson Crusoe is Published, Monday, 4/25

Monday, 4/25

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  • Robinson Crusoe is Published, Monday, 4/25
  • The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, a classic work of fiction by Daniel Defoe, was published (in its first part) on April 25, 1719 by William Taylor. This book, widely considered to be the first novel ever written in the English language, recounts, diary-like, the tales of a shipwrecked sailor from York who spends 28 years on a deserted island off the coast of America. Inspired by mythology, history, and legends, Robinson Crusoe is one of the most widely published books to this day, with numerous translations and adaptations. There ensued four editions in its first year alone, and part two was published as The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe: Being the Second and Last Part of His Life and the Strange Surprising Accounts of His Travels Round Three Parts of the Globe in August of the same year. News will feature stories about Defoe's famous work and its significance in the curriculum.
  • World Health Day, Thursday, 4/7
  • An initiative sponsored by the World Health Organization, World Health Day has been recognized annually on April 7th since 1950 and with local, regional, national, and international events marking a particular theme. In 2016, World Health Day, Beat Diabetes, focuses on ways to prevent this disease and treat those afflicted with it. In support of this important global effort and the online program in Diabetes Education and Management at Teachers College, we highlight news pertaining to the history of World Health Day, as well as wellness and advocacy for diabetes prevention.
  • National Library Week, Monday, 4/11
  • An annual celebration since 1958, National Library Week was developed by the American Library Association to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and promote library use and support. From the early theme of Wake Up and Read (1958), we move to Libraries Transform (2016), as this year's activities take place nation-wide from April 10-16. News stories will explore themes of past decades and highlight ways that libraries transform learning.
  • The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, Monday, 4/18
  • Did you know that on April 18, 1775 Boston patriots Paul Revere and William Dawes fled the city at approximately 10pm to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock, who hiding out in Lexington, Massachusetts, of the imminent British attack? The two men were joined by Dr. Samuel Prescott, and all three were captured by British patrol, with Revere being held the longest. While Dawes and Prescott escaped, Revere was eventually released when the gun alarms of the Minutemen sounded. Henry Wadsworth Longfelllow's poem, Paul Revere's Ride recounts the famous journey in 130 lines, 95 years after the event, and serves to remind us of patriotism during the pre Civil-war era, as do newspaper stories throughout history.

Last Updated: 10:11 am, Tuesday, Mar 1 , 2016