It’s not hard to find interesting or useful facts when you crack open a book in the library. Let’s see what fun facts Jessica found when she browsed through the reference related materials.
On June 18, 1983, astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. At this time, there were only three women in total who had made this monumental achievement. Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, astronaut Sally Ride, and cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya. FROM: The Book of Gutsy Women (2019) p. 154 (CT3202.C55 2019)
On January 18, 1965, John Lewis, the man we would later come to call Senator, marched with Martin Luther King Jr. into Selma, Alabama. It was a day where black Alabamans would attempt to register to vote. Lewis was called an agitator and an outsider. He replied, “I may be an agitator but I am no outsider.” Lewis was beaten and arrested. FROM: His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope (2020), p. 190-191. (E840.8.L43 M43 2020)
There are conspiracy theory cruises where people gather to discuss the moon landing and the JFK assassination. They can deeply enmesh themselves in theories on global politics, vaccines, and UFOs. These cruises create a platform for a power vacuum where anyone or anything can seize control and promote their own narrative. FROM: Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power (2019) p.32 (HV6275.M47 2019)
According to research, Millennials are the most diverse adult generation in American history. About one-third are foreign born and almost half are non-white; they are most likely to stand up against bias and demand change. This is due to the fact that they are also the focus of some of the biggest group stereotypes that exist in America today. FROM: Biased (2019), p. 78. (BF575.P9 E34 2019)
In September 1775, it was discovered that Dr. Benjamin Church, one of the most respected patriots and close friend and confidant of Commander George Washington was in fact a traitor. Church was implicated in a conspiracy to murder George Washington before he could lead the Americans war for independence. FROM: The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington (2019) p. 63-65 (E312.25.M45 2019)
Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than Books, V. 24 No. 4, Fall 2021.