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From day to day : a calendar of notable birthdays and events
Johnson, David E.
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
viii, 443 pages ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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CT105 .J64 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material
CT105 .J64 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference
CT105 .J64 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material
CT105 .J64 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material
CT105 .J64 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material

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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.

Author Notes

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).

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

When is Isabella Rossellini's birthday? What happened in history on June 25? This volume lists birthdays and events for every day of the year. Some 2,000 entries are new to this edition.

Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

The purpose of From Day to Day is to list birthdays of historic figures and historical events for each day of the year. This edition updates the first (1990). The work is divided into 15 sections: a preface, "The Calendar," a section for each month, and an index. According to the preface, this new edition has almost 17,000 entries compared to the first edition's 15,000. "The Calendar" looks in great detail at the evolution of the Western calendar but ignores other calendars such as the Mayan. Each month section includes a history of how the month was named, related items of interest, and day by day coverage of birthdays and historical events. This work has many problems. There no indication as to what years are covered. The entries have a European and American bias. No historical events or birthdays are listed for early non-European cultures until they have contact with Western civilization. While there are entries for Mohammed, there are none for Buddha. Entries for Jesus are numerous. Searching the Internet for "historical events" produces many resources that present a more balanced view. Not recommended for any library because of its Eurocentric focus. W. E. Drew Jr. SUNY Agricultural and Technical College at Morrisville

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
The Calendarp. 1
1 Januaryp. 5
2 Februaryp. 39
3 Marchp. 72
4 Aprilp. 103
5 Mayp. 130
6 Junep. 159
7 Julyp. 187
8 Augustp. 216
9 Septemberp. 246
10 Octoberp. 276
11 Novemberp. 306
12 Decemberp. 334
Indexp. 363
About the Authorp. 444