Sept. 28: Day in History

Sep 28, 2011 1:31pm

Sept. 28 is designated   World Rabies Day  by the Alliance for Rabies Control and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The campaign began in 2007 as an opportunity to spread information and prevention methods.  The virus claims an estimated 70,000 lives each year, with the majority of fatalities in Asia and Africa.

“Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “All the King’s Men,” “The Catcher in the Rye,” “The Golden Compass,” “Lord of the Flies,” “The Outsiders”  –  this looks like a snippet of a required high school reading list, but these books are also among the most challenged book titles of 2004-2011, according to the National Council of Teachers of English. The last week of September is Banned Books Week, so pick a title from the NCTE’s full list of banned books and rebel a little!

To accompany Banned Books Week, the American Association of School Librarians has declared Sept. 28   Banned Websites Awareness Day. Some teachers and librarians have become frustrated with  website censorship, claiming that filtering software blocks legitimate educational sites and social networking sites that can help students’ learn. 

Also on this Day:

1928: Discovery of Penicillin

Sir Alexander Fleming stumbled upon the antibiotic properties of the mold penicillin by accident at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, but it did not become a  commonly used treatment until the 1940s.

1978: Pope John Paul I Dies

Just 33 days into his papacy, Pope John Paul I died of a heart attack.  He is succeeded by Pope John Paul II.

1993: Hillary Clinton on Health Care Legislation

First lady Hillary Clinton defends the Health Security Act to Congress.

2009: Iran Missile Test

Iran says the long-range missile test was part of a pre-planned military exercise.

 Famous Birthdays:

551 B.C. Confucius

1901 Ed Sullivan

1934 Brigitte Bardot

1967 Mira Sorvino

1979  Bam Margera

 

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