Know Your History – 4th April – Maya Angelou born

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4th April, 1928 – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Annie Johnson (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an maya angelouAmerican author, poet, dancer, actress, and singer. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim.

She was respected as a spokesperson for black people and women, and her works have been considered a defense of Black culture. Attempts have been made to ban her books from some U.S. libraries, but her works are widely used in schools and universities worldwide.

Did You Know?

Maya’s older brother, Bailey Jr., nicknamed her “Maya,” meaning “my sister.”

 For more facts such as did you know Angelou wrote Hallmark greetings cards, visit 11 facts you might not know about Maya Angelou

Sources – Wikipedia & 50 facts everyone should know about Maya Angelou

Astronomy Myths and Legends- The Tale Of the Lucky Red Moon

It’s an odd world at the minute – did you know?..

 On April 4th 2015 there will be a blood moon?

A blood moon is a total lunar eclipse. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in the shadow of Earth so the light from the sun is blocked by our planet. The light refracts differently in the atmosphere and, as it hits the moon, it appears red.

Total lunar eclipses are rare – only about one in three lunar eclipses are total. About four to five total eclipses can be seen at any place on Earth in a decade.

Lunar eclipses usually do not occur in any specific order. However, every once in a while, four total lunar eclipses happen in a row. This is called a lunar tetrad. The total lunar eclipses happen 6 months apart. There are at least six full Moons between two total lunar eclipses in a tetrad. This will be the 3rd blood moon, with the fourth set to occur on September 28th, 2015.

I think in this modern world, I still like the old world ways, myths about knights, witches and dragons, when people actually listened to nature (and each other). So for those wanting some of that:

Myths & Legends..

There are many myths and legends surrounding the blood moon, many surrounding werewolves, it’s said they can’t resist the feeling of a blood moon calling them to the hunt. It has greater “pull” than a normal moon and thus, makes it near impossible to resist. Whenever it happens, if a werewolf is awake, or asleep, he will know, and he will answer the “call”.

For more visit:-

Astronomy Myths and Legends- The Tale Of the Lucky Red Moon.

If you want to know when your town will see it visit –

http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2015-april-4