World Book - This Day in History
By Software MacKiev
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World Book® Encyclopedia and Software MacKiev present This Day in History, an interactive calendar which displays significant historical events that took place on the current day or any selected day. Navigate to any another date or skip forward and back a day at a time. Find out what famous people and events share your birthday.
STAY TUNED: Coming very soon in a free update, we are adding pictures, sounds, music, speeches and article text to events, all taken from the World Book Multimedia Encyclopedia for Macintosh and Windows. You'll be able to listen to the national anthem of each country on the day it became a nation and see pictures of the people and places making that day in history famous. The journey begins here, each and every day.
Nice app works like the widget
April 12 The American Civil War is there, so is the Japan attacking Pearl Harbor in WWII. I got it today September 19th 2009 six things happened this day (I compared it to the Mac widget). In order to see all six you have to slide your finger sideways (left and right). It's a little misleading. There should be arrows or something to let people know there was more history on a particular day. Still it's nice app that works well.
Okay app on iPhone
This is an okay app on the iPhone, but is so much better on the iPad. Besides a much richer graphical interface, on the iPad there will often be a link related to an event in history.
For example, today (June 23) is when the Taft-Hartley Act became law in 1947. On the iPad, the words "Taft-Hartley Act" link to a short article within the app which explains it. The iPhone app lacks that. Overall, though, it's useful and worth a buck.
with some improvements could be more interesting
I like trivia and misc. facts, and some of this is interesting, but it would be a lot nicer if you could categorize things that happened "This Day in History" and expand. For instance, have the arts, inventions, quotes, politics, global issues, etc.... when someone was born is ..... well ...... sort of interesting I guess, but more meaty content would go further: be brief histories as related to the major event of that "Day" would add a lot.