Football History

FootballIt is the current sport talk of the town, especially with football season in full swing, but do you know the history of football? On October 19, 1873, four universities – Yale, Princeton, Rutgers, and Columbia – drafted the first official rules of football. Though recreational football can be traced back to the early part of the 19th century, professional football did not begin until after these collegiate rules were created. College football’s popularity grew from the bitter rivalries between universities, which eventually led to the creation of the National Football League in 1902. It was the first all professional football league and the rest is history.

Gandhi Jayanti

Gandhi

"Be the change you want to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi.

Have you heard of Mahatma Gandhi? He was a well-known spiritual leader who successfully used the concept of protest against tyranny through civil disobedience in an attempt to liberate India from any foreign rule. This concept was later used by Martin Luther King to hold nonviolent marches against racism during the Civil Rights movement in the United States. Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869 and so India on this day celebrates Gandhi Jayanti. Jayanti is derived from the Hindi word for "victory."

 

World Alzheimer's Day

alzheimer's diseaseAlzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia, affects over 5 million people in the United States alone. 35 million people are affected worldwide. This number is expected to double by 2030. The cost for treating this disease costs over $600 billion globally and there is still no known cure for this disease. Therefore, in order to raise awareness of the monetary and emotional cost of this disease, Alzheimer’s associations across the globe unite on this day, September 21, to recognize this form of dementia as a health priority. For more information please visit your Jacinto City Library for books on the subject.

Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Did you know that September 19th was Talk Like a Pirate Day?  How many of you know how to talk like a pirate?  If you can't, don't worry.   Go to this Internet site address, http://www.talklikeapirate.com/piratehome.html, and you'll find the Official site for Talk Like a Pirate Day.  You'll find out how it all started and how to officially talk like a pirate.  So have fun learning how to talk like a pirate!

El Grito de la Independencia

September 16, 2010 will mark 200 years when Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a priest in the town of Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, demanded for the independence of Mexico from Spain.  What followed was a difficult struggle filled with battle and bloodshed in an attempt to remove Spanish control of the land. This effort for independence lasted until September 27, 1821, over a decade of fighting, when Spain officially recognized the Mexican empire as its own country. For more information about Mexican Independence, please visit your Jacinto City Library.