Venus and Serena Williams took the tennis world by storm when they were still in their teens. During the late 1990s, the two African American sisters became two of the sport’s biggest stars. Their awesome power and bold style of play helped them dominate their opponents.
Venus Williams, the older sister, was born June 17, 1980, in Lynwood, California. Serena was born 15 months later, on September 26, 1981, in Saginaw, Michigan. Venus and Serena and their three older sisters grew up in California. Venus began playing tennis at age four and Serena at age five. They learned the game from their father, Richard Williams. The Williams family moved to Florida in the early 1990s.
Have you ever met a Bobcat, Wolf, or Bear? Perhaps you know a Tenderfoot? If so, you probably know someone who belongs to the Boy Scouts.
The Boy Scouts is a worldwide organization for young people. It teaches them to be good citizens and prepares them for the responsibilities of adulthood. The Boy Scouts’ motto is “Be Prepared.”
SCOUTING AROUND THE WORLD
Scouting began in England in 1907. The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) started three years later. Today, there are Boy Scout programs in more than 140 countries. In the United States alone, there are over 4 million Scouts!
What Spanish painter invented collage and a new art style called cubism? This artist lived over 90 years and never stopped experimenting. The answer is Picasso. Picasso is usually considered the most important name in 20th-century art.
Pablo Ruiz y Picasso was born in Málaga, Spain, in 1881. He was highly gifted and could draw beautifully by the time he was 14. He went to Paris in 1900 and began his career painting scenes in sidewalk cafés.
Michelangelo was an artist of extraordinary ability. He is known primarily as an outstanding painter and sculptor, but he was also an accomplished architect and poet. He had a forceful personality as well.
HE LOVED A CHALLENGE
Michelangelo Buonarroti was born in Caprese, a village in Italy, in 1475. He grew up in Florence, the artistic center of Europe during the 1400s. At 13, he began to train as a painter.
On April 18, 1775, in the dark of night, Paul Revere awoke to pounding on his door. Friends brought news: British troops were on the move!
Revere pulled on his clothes and jumped on a borrowed horse. Along with two other horsemen, he galloped from his home in Boston, Massachusetts, to the nearby town of Lexington. While there, he warned the American leaders John Hancock and Samuel Adams about the approaching British troops.
Revere then raced on to warn the town of Concord, where the Americans had stored guns. British scouts were waiting. They captured Revere and one of the other riders.