February 1, 2003Sixteen minutes before it was scheduled to land, the Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart in flight over west Texas, killing all seven crew members. The accident may have resulted from damage caused during liftoff when a piece of insulating foam from the external fuel tank broke off, piercing a hole in the shuttles left wing.
February 2, 1848The war between the U.S. and Mexico ended with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. In exchange for $15 million, the U.S. acquired the areas encompassing parts or all of present day California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Texas.
February 6, 1952King George VI of England died. Upon his death, his daughter Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Her actual coronation took place on June 2, 1953.
February 11thCelebrated in Japan as the founding date of the Japanese nation, which occurred with the accession to the throne of the first Emperor, Jimmu, in 660 BC.
February 11, 1990 - In South Africa, Nelson Mandela, at age 71, was released from prison after serving 27 years of a life sentence on charges of attempting to overthrow the apartheid government. In April 1994, he was elected president in the first all-race elections.
February 24, 1582 - Pope Gregory XIII corrected mistakes on the Julian calendar by dropping 10 days and directing that the day after October 4, 1582 would be October 15th. The Gregorian, or New Style calendar, was then adopted by Catholic countries, followed gradually by Protestant and other nations.
Famous Birthdays:February 2Irish novelist and poet James Joyce (1882-1941) was born in Dublin, Ireland. His works include; Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, and Finegans Wake.
February 15Astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) was born in Pisa, Italy. He was the first astronomer to use a telescope and advanced the theory that the sun, not the earth, was the center of the solar system.
February 4,Aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974) was born in Detroit, Michigan. He made the first non-stop solo flight from New York to Paris, May 20-21, 1927.
February 7British novelist Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was born in Portsmouth, England. He examined social inequalities through his works including; David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, and Nicholas Nickleby. In 1843, he wrote A Christmas Carol in just a few weeks, an enormously popular work even today.
February 11American inventor Thomas Edison (1847-1931) was born in Milan, Ohio. Throughout his lifetime he acquired over 1,200 patents including the incandescent bulb, phonograph and movie camera. Best known for his quote, Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
February 12Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) the 16th U.S. President was born in Hardin County, Kentucky. He led the nation through the tumultuous Civil War, freed the slaves, composed the Gettysburg Address, and established Thanksgiving.
During this month, we have been working with our fellow committee members in preparation for one of the most inspiring events that Instituto La Paz hosts, they have been working with great enthusiasm to change, not only PAZMUN, but the world around us.
Yes, we realize that, this sounds quite momentous, but the process has truly been marked by each dais member, pouring heart and soul into their work. As every good structure needs a foundation, we have based the ideas for this years event, from those that you the reader have proposed, written words that needed to be read and expressed, whilst building friendships and communities from within.
Enabling us to see, how PAZMUN grows, changes and enriches lives, but most importantly how we all grow with it. ---Sincerely, and truly yours, The Secretariat.
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Stan and Jan BerenStain
Stan and Jan Berenstain are the creators of the beloved Berenstain Bears series of childrens books.
The first Berenstain Bears book, The Big Honey Hunt, was published in 1962, and it quickly became a favorite with young children first learning how to read. Since then, over 150 Berenstain Bears titles have been published to both critical and popular acclaim. Today, the Berenstain Bears are among the most widely recognized and loved characters around the world.
The Berenstain Bears Scouts series first appeared in October of 1995. The series, which is published simultaneously in English and Spanish, now includes nine titles.
The Berenstains have received many awards and honors for their books over the years. These include the Ludington Award from the Educational Paperback Association for their contribution to childrens literature, the Drexel Citation from Drexel University, several Philadelphia Literary Childrens Roundtable Honors, and many other state reading association awards.
Stan and Jan Berenstain met in 1941 on their first day of classes at the Philadelphia College of Art. Married in 1946, Stan and Jan began their collaborative career drawing cartoons for popular magazines such as the Saturday Evening Post and Colliers.
On November 26, 2005, Stan Berenstain died of complications from cancer at his home in Bucks County, Pa. He was 82.Visit HPL or our own library in school to read many of the Berenstain Bears Books or visit the home of Berenstain Bears by following this link: http://www.berenstainbears.com/
Please send in your drawings of the Berenstain Bears and win a special set of pencils.
1. Lie down on your back with your hands on your belly. Take a breath in and breathe out slowly. Point your toes and squeeze your legs together.
2. Now prop yourself up on your elbows with your palms flat on the floor. Lift your belly and chest and let your head rest lightly on the floor.
3. Lift your chest up as if you were a fish with a colorful fin jumping up out of the water. Breathe in and out slowly.
4. Come down carefully on an exhalation. Rest on your back.
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