Happy Birthday, Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse ONA in Florida!
The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area is part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands, and the only complete unit east of the Mississippi River. The ONA was established on this day in 2008 and is cooperatively managed in a unique partnership between the BLM and local partners.
The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse ONA is located at the confluence of the Loxahatchee River and Indian River Lagoon, just ¼ mile from the Atlantic Ocean in southeastern Florida.
The ONA offers a range of recreation activities, from exploring the cultural and military history associated with the historic 1860 lighthouse to exploring the trails of natural Florida. For the more adventurous, kayaking the ONA’s shoreline and exploring its lagoon offer unique views of the lighthouse and the opportunity to get close to manatees.
Learn about the birthday celebration today at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse ONA - also a National Conservation Lands 15th anniversary event: http://www.facebook.com/BLMJupiterInlet. Follow all 2015 anniversary events and activities with #conservationlands15.
Ernő Rubik, the inventor of the Rubik’s Cube, was born on this day in 1944.
This gif of a Lego robot and a smartphone solving a Rubik’s cube in less than 5 seconds is from the 2014 CHRISTMAS LECTURES. The Cubestormer takes photographs of each side of the cube, and its software determines the quickest way to solve the puzzle.
Mathematician and philosopher René Descartes died on this day in 1650. His dualist aphorism, “I think, therefore I am”, cuts to the core of perhaps the greatest question posed to science—what is consciousness?
A lot of people know that Jimmy Stewart ‘32, who died on July 2, 1997, was an architecture major at Princeton and involved in the Triangle Club. Not so many know that he was also head cheerleader. Here he is with the rest of the squad in 1932 (third from right).
On This Day in 1980 President Jimmy Carter signed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act into Law
With the signing of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, the BLM became responsible for managing six Wild and Scenic Rivers, nine study rivers, one National Conservation Area, one National Recreation Area, and one National Scenic Highway.Enjoy these photos of the Delta Wild and Scenic River, Gulkana Wild and Scenic River, and Beaver Wild and Scenic River in celebration of Alaska’s vibrant waterways!
This year, we are celebrating 25 years of German Unity. The Day of German Unity is celebrated every year on October 3.
Why October 3?
The decision to reunify East and West Germany was not made lightly. After the Berlin Wall fell in November of 1989, many leaders around the world, most notably Great Britain’s Margaret Thatcher, were against German unification. In the end, the steadfast support of a few countries, including the United States, and the will of the German people outweighed the doubts. Negotiations for a unification treaty went on throughout the summer of 1990 and finally a unifcation agreement between the Germanies was decided upon. On the sidelines, the 2+4 treaty between East and West Germany, Great Britain, France, the US and the USSR was also being negotiated and was signed on September 12.
All that remained, then, was the date. With two entire parliaments and various parties, it comes as no surprise that the decision on a date was a difficult one. In the end, the then Prime Minister of East Germany Lothar de Maiziere called a special joint session of parliament to debate this issue. It was as difficult as one might expect to come to a consesus, but eventually October 3 was chosen.
Later that day Helmut Kohl, the Chancellor of West Germany and the first Chancellor of unified Germany, said, “Today is a day of joy for all Germans.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky was one of the most influential writers of the 19th century. Best known for his fiction—"Crime and Punishment", “The Idiot”, and “Notes from the Underground"—his works explored the depths of the human psyche. He died on this day in 1881