Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Wikipedia

I had a little extra time today with my 5th and 6th graders at Ayr.  We celebrated Nebraska's birthday (Mar. 1, 1867) by singing Beautiful Nebraska.  We celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday (Mar. 2, 1904) by singing The Super Supper March.  And we celebrated The Star-Spangled Banner's birthday (Mar. 3, 1931 it became our national anthem.)  We then went to Wikipedia and put in each of those dates in the search bar and made a list of world events that happened during those years.  It was fascinating.  I love to connect music with history and culture.  Here are some of our findings:

1867
Nebraska becomes the 37th state.
African-American men get the right to vote in Washington D.C.
Alaska territory is purchased from Russia 7.2 mil. dollars.
The 1st dental school in the U.S. is established at Harvard.

1904
Theodor Geisel a.k.a as Dr. Seuss is born.
Henry Ford sets a speed record 91.37 mph.
Work on the Panama canal is begun.
The 3rd modern Olympics are held in St. Louis.
The 1st New Year's Eve celebration is held in Times Square.
The play Peter Pan premieres in London.
The Trans-Siberian Railroad was completed.

1931
The Star-Spangled Banner becomes the national anthem.
Herbert Hoover is the president.
The Empire State Building is completed.
Nevada legalizes gambling.
Thomas Edison submits his final patent application.

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