Today in History

Eli Whitney applied for a patent for the cotton gin.

The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Celveland.

Congress passed the Volstead Act, or the National Prohibition Act, over President Woodrow Wilson’s veto.

Benito Mussolini took control of the Italian government.

Italy invaded Greece during WWII.

Pope John Paul XXIII was elected.

Nikita Khrushchev told the U.S. that he ordered the dismantling of Soviet missiles in Cuba.

You filmed a YouTube video for Rohrbach Library. What am I talking about? I’m talking about SnapShot PA!

On Wednesday, Oct. 28, the Rohrbach Library will be participating in SnapShot-PA, a statewide initiative aimed at capturing the impact that Pennsylvania libraries have on their communities on a typical day. Patrons can stop by the library from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Oct. 28 to record a brief video telling us why they are in the library and how they use the library’s services and resources. Some of the videos will be posted to YouTube, and the results (statistics, photos, videos, and comments) from all participating libraries will be posted online on the SnapShot-PA Web site: For more information, please contact professor Karen Wanamaker, Education Librarian, at ext. 3-4709.

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2 Responses to “Today in History”

  1. 1 SpanishDracula November 18, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    So… Any idea when those videos and results are going to be released?

  2. 2 Karen Wanamaker November 18, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    We are hoping to get them up on YouTube right after Thanksgiving. I’m still waiting for the folks who run SnapshotPA to tell me how to load them or link them on their site. I’ll post a notice here on the blog when they are up and ready.

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