Chief Justice John Marshall issued an opinion in the case of Marbury v. Madison, establishing the concept of judicial review. For the first time, the Supreme Court declared an act of Congress unconstitutional.
On 16 July 1945, the first atomic bomb was exploded near Alamagordo, New Mexico. The American physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, director of the laboratory at Los Alamos where it had been built, who witnessed it, said later: 'I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita……
Most of my public library colleagues usually have tales of working with patrons who are crazy/colorful mixed with heartwarming tales of people whom the library has helped. But working in a library like mine, where most of the patrons are adults and often just passing through quickly.
I spent part of my night fielding phone calls from a grouchy old man who asks weird computer questions. His best one was “When should i use Google and when should I use Google Chrome?” As I tried to explain the difference between a search engine and a browser, he replied “If I went to a paint store, they would tell me the difference between two types of paint. Why can’t you answer this?” It went on like that.
And we don’t get many questions about the Affordable Care Act because most people seeking information on it go to branch libraries. But a man dressed up nicely in a suit came and asked me about it. I asked him what he needed to know. He said “Everything!” I asked if he needed to sign up. He said no. About this time, I realized that the bottle of chocolate milk he was carrying, actually just had vodka in it and he was drunk.
Then toward the end of the night, a girl who looked to be a middle schooler came in with her mom and asked for a book on Rosalind Franklin. I was happy to show her. I was wondering if she was getting an early start on a women’s history month project.
No, she said she wanted to read more about her to tell her class about Rosalind Franklin. She said she was important to learn about it and most people didn’t know her.
Now I was a pretty smart kid at that age, but I didn’t know who Rosalind Franklin was until I was in college. But at least I knew that for a few minutes, I was helping someone who was very interested in learning about an extraordinary figure in the world of genetics.