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.
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March is never very springlike in my neck of the woods, but each year I hold out hope for a warm and verdant first day of spring. Today, I continue to hold out hope for next year. I come from a patient people. A patient, spring-loving people.
February 6, 1937, John Steinbeck published Of Mice and Men. Although it wasn’t his first successful published work, this novella of migrant field workers during the Great Depression garnered national attention and paved the way to a Pulitzer Prize win for The Grapes of Wrath two years later. Steinbeck went on to publish 27 books, including novels, short story collections, and nonfiction. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962.
Etymatching Steinbeck: Match the Steinbeck-title word with its appropriate etymology snippet.