Life Day 26814 – Dewey Decimal System

December 10, 2020 at 9:40 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning bibliotheca buffs. Today is Thursday, December 10, 2020. Today is the 345th day of the year, and 21 days remain.

Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Dewey Decimal System Day 

Dewey Decimal System Day is celebrated every year on December 10th. As you might glean from its name, it celebrates the Dewey Decimal System. It also celebrates the birth date of its creator, Melvil Dewey, born on this date in 1851.
If you have ever spent time in a library, you are probably familiar with the Dewey Decimal System – even if you haven’t mastered it. The Dewey Decimal System is a proprietary library classification system. It organizes library materials by discipline or field of study. The scheme is made up of ten classes, each divided into ten divisions, each having ten sections. The system’s notation uses Arabic numbers, with three whole numbers making up the main classes and sub-classes and decimals creating further divisions.
Although Mr. Dewey’s primary legacy is his library classification system, he is also credited with standardizing the size of index cards to the familiar 3 x 5 size we use today. In addition, he is known for the creation of hanging vertical files, which were first introduced at the Colombian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago, and the idea of the state library as controller of school and public library services within a state. As an entrepreneur, he founded the Library Bureau, a private company “for the definite purpose of furnishing libraries with equipment and supplies of unvarying correctness and reliability.”
These days, most libraries have replaced their vast card catalogs with computer software, but that software is still based upon Mr. Dewey’s decimal classification system.
To celebrate Dewey Decimal System Day, visit your local library and use the Dewey Decimal System to find a specific book; then check it out and read it.

Nobel Prize Day

Nobel Prize Day is celebrated each year on December 10th. It celebrates the date on which the Nobel Prizes are awarded to the winners each year. Nobel Prizes are awarded for a Scientific Exploration of great value for mankind in the areas of Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature, Economics, and Peace.
Perhaps to atone for his invention of dynamite and amassing his vast fortune on the proceeds thereof, upon his death, Alfred Nobel bequeathed his entire fortune to the creation of the Nobel Prize which promotes and honors the development of Peace and the progress of the living conditions of mankind. He directed that the Scientific prizes be delivered in Stockholm and the Prize for Peace be delivered in Oslo. (Norway and Sweden were united at that time).

Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day is celebrated annually across the world on December 10th to honor the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption and proclamation, on 10 December 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first global enunciation of human rights and one of the first major achievements of the new United Nations. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights holds the world record as being the most translated document in history (except for the Bible).
If you are a regular reader of my posts, you should be well aware of my disdain for this pompous,  imperious, ineffectual gaggle of self-entitled, pseudo-intellectual pinheads. Despite Human Rights Day being touted as “one of their first major achievements”, the United Nations has done nothing to curb the violation of human rights, which is still rampant, and still flourishes worldwide – and this toothless Tyrannosaurus Rex still does nothing to prevent its spread. In fact, they routinely give countries who are the biggest violators of human rights gravitas by appointing them to positions of power within their organization.

National Lager Day 

National Lager Day is celebrated annually on December 10th. Obviously, it celebrates lager beer – a world-renowned brewed alcoholic beverage.
Lager is a type of German beer that is bottom fermented and lightly hopped. It is usually stored for at least three weeks after brewing before it is served. Lager beer is the dominant style of beer throughout the world, except in England where ale is the favorite style. The only real difference between ale and lager is that ales ferment and age quickly at warm temperatures, while lagers ferment and age slowly at cool temperatures. These different types of fermentation lead to a vast difference in flavor and aroma.
To celebrate National Lager Day have a glass, bottle, or can of your favorite beer. If it’s domestic, chances are it will be a lager.

Another Holiday  

Below are other holidays celebrated on this date worthy of mention: 

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