Holidays, birthdays, historic events...

July 24

  • Machu Picchu Machu Picchu 'rediscovered'

    American explorer Hiram Bingham stumbled upon the ruins of the Incan city of Machu Picchu, in Peru.

August 1

  • Gail Gibbons Gail Gibbons

    Gail Gibbons writes and illustrates picture books for children, most of which are non-fiction books that examine and/or explain a wide variety things.

August 7

  • Matthew Henson Matthew Alexander Henson

    As trail breaker for the Robert Peary Expedition, Henson was one of the first men, if not the first man, to stand on the Earth's north pole. 

August 9

  • A starfield Perseid Meteor Shower

    People have observed the "shooting stars" of the annual Perseid meteor shower for more than 2000 years.

August 20

  • Charlie Parker Charles "Charlie" Parker, Jr.

    Charlie Parker was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. He was one of the most influential improvising soloists in jazz.

August 23

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August 30

  • Donald Crews Donald Crews

    Two-time winner of the Caldecott Honor Medal, author-illustrator Donald Crews has been creating picture books for over 40 years.

September 1

  • Jim Arnosky Jim Arnosky

    Jim Arnosky shares a love of nature and wild places through his stories and drawings. One of his best known characters, Crinkleroot, has often invited readers to join him as explores the outdoors.