Posts By Rebecca Topol

  1. Calendar of Cool: Basketball Invented

    Naismith

    On December 1, 1891, Dr. James B. Naismith invented basketball, making today the 123rd birthday of the sport! Dr. Naismith was a Canadian-American doctor and physical education teacher. While working at the YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts, Naismith was asked to come up with a sport that could be played indoors in winter, and came up with […]

  2. Calendar of Cool: John Philip Sousa Born

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    On November 6, 1854, famed American musician John Philip Sousa was born in Washington, D.C. This patriotic birthplace is fitting, since Sousa’s best-known works are marches that are commonly played during parades or at other celebrations of American holidays. Sousa is best known as a brass-band trailblazer, but the first instrument he learned to play […]

  3. Calendar of Cool: Teddy Roosevelt Born

    On this day in 1858 Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, the United States’ 26th President, was born. Theodore Roosevelt was born into a wealthy family, and suffered from severe asthma. Despite this, he was determined to lead an adventurous life, becoming a marksman, horseback rider, boxer, and the leader of the Rough Riders, who became famous for their […]

  4. Calendar of Cool: Women’s Equality Day

    Today, August 26th, is Women’s Equality Day. Designated by Congress in 1971, this is also the anniversary of the passage in 1920 of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. After the Civil War, women began the battle to gain the right to vote. Despite being taxpaying citizens of the United States, […]

  5. Calendar of Cool: Jesse Owens Wins Olympic Gold

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    On August 9, 1936, Jesse Owens became the first American to win four medals in a single Olympics. The Olympic Games were being held in Berlin, Germany that year, and the racist rhetoric being spread by Adolf Hitler at the time made African-American Owens’ success even more noteworthy. Owens set new Olympic records in the […]

  6. Calendar of Cool: First Open-Heart Surgery

    Daniel Hale Williams

    This Wednesday, July 9, marks the 121st anniversary of the first open-heart surgery. A man with a knife in his chest was brought to Dr. Daniel Hale Williams at Provident Hospital in Chicago. Using no anesthesia, Dr. Williams removed the knife and repaired the heart of the patient, who lived for years after the procedure. […]

  7. Calendar of Cool: First National Braille Challenge

    Olivia

    Today marks the 13th anniversary of the first-ever National Braille Challenge. The National Braille Challenge is a unique academic competition created to encourage blind children to learn Braille, the written alphabet used by the blind. The competition tests students’ skills in various language arts subjects, and is open to students from the U.S. and Canada. […]

  8. Calendar of Cool: First Ice Cream Factory Opens

    Ice cream scientist

    On June 15, 1851, chef Jacob Fusseli opened the first ice cream factory in the world. The United States now leads the world in ice-cream production, churning out 1.6 billion gallons a year, all thanks to that humble Pennsylvania factory. In modern factories, scientists and engineers spend countless hours making sure the ice cream is […]

  9. Board Games

    Hi! This is Becky, one of the newest members of the Cache and Cookies blog team. Starting next week I’ll be bringing you the Calendar of Cool, which will detail something  interesting, significant, or just plain cool from history or the modern day. This week, however, I wanted to talk about something that has existed […]