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Today in History: Happy Birthday, James Barrie! 

“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.” ― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan James Barrie, the author of Peter Pan or The Boy Who Would Never Grow Up, was born on May 9th, 1860 in Kirriemuir, Scotland. He attended the University of Edinburgh and became a journalist, though later moved to …

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Today in History: First Free Flight 

You might have noticed that the Everett Cafe has been featuring news displays about space travel since the launch of the Mars Mission, An Out-of-This-World Introduction to the Smith Learning Theater? We have SputnikApollo 8; and, today in history, First Free Flight -- events commemorating major American scientific achievements, with educational applications. Did you know that Navy …

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Today in History: Barrel Ride Down Niagara 

Can you imagine riding down Niagara Falls... in a wooden barrel ... with a total height of 167 feet and three drops, and water flowing at the rate of 85,000 cubic feet to the second?! For thrill, fame, theatrics, beautiful views, sheer madness, or fascination with the morbid -- begging the question as to why …

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Today in History: Blondin Crosses Niagara 

When we think of high wire artists, Philippe Petit comes vividly to mind, for he gained fame when he walked between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on August 7, 1974. But did you know that Petit re-enacted in 1986 the amazing crossing of the Niagara River by Charles Blondin? On June 30, 1859, …

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Today in History: Great Emigration Departs for Oregon 

Do you recall when you were first introduced to the Oregon Trail as a unit of study? Maybe you were in fourth grade and tasked with creating a diorama or model wagon? Or had to assume the character of a pioneer, write a letter, or visit the historic site? The Oregon Trail has long been an …

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Today in History: Robert Louis Stevenson Sets Sail for the South Seas 

I should like to rise and go Where the golden apples grow;- Where below another sky Parrot islands anchored lost, And, watched by cockatoos and goats, Lonely Crusoes building boats.. -- Robert Louis Stevenson, "Travel" A Child's Garden of Verses       High seas, adventure, pirates, desert islands come to mind, but so do …

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