Originally created 05/18/98

Ask us: Library has 'Who's Who' info



Q: How can I find a copy of Who's Who Among American High School Students from five years ago?

A: Check the Augusta-Richmond County Library's main branch at 902 Greene St. They have back copies of the publication. Call 821-2600.

Q: Who is credited with discovering Uranus?

A: The planet Uranus was discovered by Sir William Herschel on March 13, 1781.

Q: When was the movie A League of Their Own released?

A:The film about women baseball players was released in 1992. It starred Madonna, Rosie O'Donnell, Geena Davis, and Tom Hanks.

Q: What is the history behind the Augusta CSRA Black Pages?

A: The Black Pages concept, featuring and highlighting minority owned businesses, began in Atlanta 20 years ago. The Augusta CSRA Black Pages is published by Black Pages USA, which also publishes volumes in other cities including Charlotte, N.C., Lynchburg and Roanoke, Va., and Wilmington, N.C.

Q: What is the origin of the hospice care?

A: English physician Cicely Saunders created this family-center approach to health care for the terminally ill when she founded St. Christopher's Hospice in London in 1967. Hospice stresses home care and teamwork. It unites family, terminally ill patients, physicians, social workers, clergy and volunteers to help dying people cope with physical and psychological pain so they can enjoy their remaining days.

Q: Who is Skinner Hall at Augusta State University named for?

A: Skinner Hall, one of the classroom buildings at Augusta State, is named for James Lister Skinner. On May 17, 1930, he became the second president of the Junior College of Augusta.

Q: Who played the title role in the silent movie version of Ben-Hur?

A: Audiences are most familiar with Charlton Heston's portrayal of Judah Ben-Hur, but he was not the first film actor to have the role. Roman Novarro played hero in the 1927 silent film.

Q: What are the events in the heptathlon?

A: The competitions in the two-day women's track and field contest are the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200-meter dash, long jump, javelin throw and 800-meter run.

Q: When did Hurricane Hugo strike?

A:Hurricane Hugo struck the southeastern United States and the West Indies in 1989, killing more than 60 people and causing massive damage.

Q: What is the difference between a rabbit and a hare?

A: Though they may sometimes look alike, many differences distinguish a rabbit from a hare. Hares are born on the ground or in depressions called forms. They are born covered with fur and with their eyes open. Rabbits, on the other hand, have no fur and their eyes are closed at birth. Mother rabbits give birth in fur-lined nests. Rabbits tend to dig burrows and hide from their enemies. Hares don't burrow, and they leap away from their enemies.

Q: How many people are killed with guns in the United States every year?

A: An estimated 20,000 people are killed in gun-related deaths in the United States every year, compared with 2,000 annually in Canada. These estimates include suicides, homicides, self-defense killings and accidents.

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