On this day in 1959, Hawaii became the 50th U.S. state, staggering the rows of stars on the flag and those looking for cheap domestic flights to paradise.
If an Island Hoppers tour isn’t in your immediate future, you can still celebrate Statehood Day: pick a ukulele playlist, grab a Kona coffee (or a Blue Hawaii), and unscramble these dozen words associated with Hawaii.
Thanks to clear skies and a waning crescent moon, the annual Perseid meteor shower is giving us quite a show this year. If you couldn’t catch a falling star at the peak of the shower — in the wee hours of yesterday morning — you may still see some shooting tonight and tomorrow night. Experts say to seek a rural spot where the lights of a city won’t interfere and to look to the northeast.
Monday marks the 30th anniversary of Live Aid, one of the largest global music events ever held. Organized in a scramble of less than 10 weeks by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise money for relief efforts in Ethiopia, the live, double-venue concert was held in both London and Philadelphia and was televised in more than 100 countries. With 75 acts performing, 150,000 people attending the live events, and more than a billion watching on TV, the concert raised over $150 million.
Born on this day in 1859, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a Scottish doctor in London who created master sleuth Sherlock Holmes. After writing numerous detective tales during the first few slow years of doctoring, Doyle left his practice in 1891 and began publishing a regular series of Holmes stories in The Strand.
When I was very young, my sister and I observed May Day by making paper baskets filled with violets and dandelions or lilacs and apple blossoms. We would hang them on neighbors’ and relatives’ doors and then ring or knock and run away. It was delightful.
Two hundred and fortyyears ago, April 18 and 19, 1775, the American Revolution began with a British order to seize or destroy weapons, a nighttime ride to warn Massachusetts patriots, and a morning confrontation on a village green.
A few intriguing items for you this week: eavesdropping on writers, reading writers’ minds, invisible nautical terms brought to light, and the thrilling conclusion to a mystery. Plus, an intriguing bonus item ...