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October, 2002

October Celebrations
October 4: Sputnik Launched (1957) October 11: Eleanor Roosevelt's Birthday (1884) October 12: Columbus Discovers the Americas (1492) October 14: Columbus Day Observed October 19-21: Edison Invents the Light Bulb (1879) October 27: Daylight Saving Time Ends October 31: Halloween


"If anyone were to ask me what I want out of life I would say -- the opportunity for doing something useful, for in no other way, I am convinced, can true happiness be attained." -- Eleanor Roosevelt.

Eleanor Roosevelt was born in New York City on October 11, 1884. Her parents were Anna Hall and Elliot Roosevelt. Did you know Theodore Roosevelt (the 26th U.S. President) was Eleanor's uncle? Eleanor's father was the younger brother of Theodore.

Eleanor Roosevelt

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A Picture Book of Thomas Alva Edison
This is a fun and easy-to-read book about Thomas Alva Edison and his many experiments and inventions. It's perfect for anyone who wants to learn about one of the greatest inventors of all time!

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Question:
What was the name of the world's first artificial satellite?

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Did you know a person must speak either English or French to serve on the International Olympic Committee (IOC)?

Yes. The Official Web Site of the Olympic Movement is in both English and French. The Olympic Movement includes the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Organising Committees of the Olympic Games (OCOGs), the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), the International Federations (IFs), national associations, clubs and athletes.

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Enrique Iglesias. His music has inspired me, and helped me through difficult times in my life. He came from a different country, yet is one of the biggest selling pop artists in America. That shows much dedication on his part, and it encourages me not to give up. He is my hero.

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Question:
What was Christopher Columbus looking for originally when he sailed in 1492?

Answer:
In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed west from Spain across the Ocean Sea looking for a new trade route to the Far East. Today, the Ocean Sea is known as the Atlantic Ocean. The Far East is made up of the countries of India, China, and Japan. The Far East got this name from the Europeans -- from the European point of view, India, China, and Japan were located far to the east of Europe. The Europeans traded with the Far East for spices, jewels, gold, ivory, pearls, and silk. Did you know the Far East is also known as the Indies?

Christopher Columbus

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Question:
What was the name of the world's first artificial satellite?

Answer:
Sputnik I.
On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik I. This event changed history. It marked the start of the space age and the beginning of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union (U.S.S.R.) Did you know Sputnik I was about the size of a basketball and weighed 183 pounds? Sputnik I orbited the Earth in 98 minutes.

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