From Day to Day: A Calendar of Notable Birthdays and Events / Edition 2

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In one single convenient volume, From Day to Day provides an extensive list of birthdays of famous people from Julius Caesar to the notables of today, and noteworthy events from the earliest recorded times to the present. Arranged in some 17,000 entries (2,000 more than the first edition) presented chronologically for each day from January 1 through the 365 days of the year to December 31, these accounts are divided into twelve chapters, one devoted to each month. Each chapter begins with a brief discussion of that month's history, how it got its name, its length, and other pertinent facts. There is also a useful and interesting introductory chapter on the development of the calendar, the division of time into years, months, and days, and how the names of these divisions evolved. Johnson traces the origins of our modern calendar back to the ancient Babylonians, through the numerous changes made by the Romans, and explains the purpose and logic of the modern Gregorian calendar. A comprehensive index is included, providing a quick cross-reference for individual birthdays and events.

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Editorial Reviews

Makes for informative reading....Covers western history, American pop culture, and sports so extensively that it is a welcome addition to this body of literature.
Useful in almost every library.
Library Journal
This update of the 1990 edition (LJ 2/1/91) includes an additional 2000 entries, bringing the total to 17,000. The reprinted preface describes the work's organization, criteria for inclusion, handling of date discrepancies, and types of sources used. Also reprinted is the fascinating essay on the Gregorian calendar, its predecessors, and adjustments that have been made in response to astronomical considerations, sacred holidays, superstitions, and politics. Those featured in each day's "Birthdays" section are primarily figures from European and American history, sports, and the arts, and a one-sentence description of each person's claim to fame is included. The "Events" section lists ten to 20 historical events per day, most from U.S. history. There is an index of surnames but not of events or subjects. Other comparable resources are Holidays & Anniversaries (Gale, 1999), with 26,000 entries, and the History Channel web site's "This Day in History" ( Kid Info gives links to several more online birthday/event sites at Though several of these sources contain a little more information about their subjects, this volume is recommended as one of the several print and online calendar sources all reference collections should provide. Stanley P. Hodge, formerly with Ball State Univ. Lib., Muncie, IN Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
This volume documents the dates of birth and major world events for each date of the current Gregorian Calendar. It also incorporates information about each month, its origin, and the holidays of each month. Although selecting for any volume of this kind is a monumental task, this reference appears to have weighted the "notable" birthdays too heavily to those of men. For example, on January 1, there are 40 men and four women listed. This phenomena continues throughout the guide. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810839441
  • Publisher: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/7/2001
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

David E. Johnson is Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at Louisiana State University. After retiring from L.S.U. in 1983, he taught mathematics at Birmingham-Southern College, from which he retired (again) in 1994. He has authored or co-authored 43 books, including A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House (Beaufort Books, 1983) and Electrical Current Analysis, 3rd ed. (Prentice Hall, 1997).

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