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On this day in American History, February 5, 1934, famous baseball player, Henry “Hank” Aaron was born in Mobile, Alabama.
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February 5 – Henry “Hank” Aaron is Born
Henry “Hank” Aaron, of Baseball Hall of Fame notoriety, was born on February 5, 1934. Aaron was born in Mobile, Alabama, and later became the home-run champion after beating Babe Ruth’s record.
1.) Watch this replay of Hank Aaron’s 715th homerun, which beat the previous record of Babe Ruth’s 714 homeruns. How would you describe the reaction of the crowd? Of Aaron’s teammates? Write a few sentences about what you observe in the replay.
2.) In the replay linked above, Mr. Vin Scully is calling the game. Listen to his words carefully. At one point Mr. Scully states, “What a marvelous moment for the country and the world.”
What does he mean by that? How could this accomplishment by one man be a “marvelous moment for the country and the world?” Listen to the whole 4-minute clip for clues as to how this is true. Write your answer in your notebook.
3.) Congressman Andrew Young said this shortly after Hank Aaron’s record-breaking home run:
Through his long career, Hank Aaron has been a model of humility, dignity, and quiet competence. He did not seek the adoration that is accorded to other national athletic heroes, yet he has now earned it.
- Sports heroes have long been admired by adults and children alike. According to the qualities listed by Mr. Young in this quote, was Hank Aaron a man worthy of being admired? Write the quote and your answer to the question in your Notebook of Knowledge.
- Look up the word ‘merit’ and write the definition, including the part of speech in your notebook. In the quote above, the Congressman states “…he has now earned it.” Would you agree with this statement? Write your answer in complete sentences in your notebook.
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Each day, I share an interesting event that occurred in our nation’s past. You will learn about famous Americans, interesting inventions and their patents, American art and music, and more.
You will also find suggested activities – labeled “To do” – if you would like to research this during your homeschool’s group time in the morning, or you can assign the activities for your children to work on independently.
If you think you will do more than one day of On This Day in American History, I would encourage you to have your child keep what I call a Notebook of Knowledge. A spiral notebook or sheets of paper stapled together is more than adequate!
Have your child write the day’s event and the date at the top of his paper. If there are writing activities, have him use his best composition, grammar, and penmanship as he completes the answers. After just a few weeks or even a month, he will have an excellent resource to read through!
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- Access to the webpage with all of the February events listed, including all suggested activities for each daily event.
- A .pdf of the February Calendar, listed in chronological order with all suggested activities
- All necessary downloads to complete the assigned activities. These same downloads are linked on the webpage, however, they are also included here for easy access.
- The answers to any questions asked in the daily activities.
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