By Belling Productions Inc
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HistoryTools is an app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch that lists all the famous and infamous people who were born or died on each day of the year, major news events that occurred on each day, plus feast days of saints and holidays and celebrations around the world. Users can enter their own events which will be added to the program.
HistoryTools helps kick-start ideas for writers and is a great help to students who wish to convince their teachers that they are among the smartest and most interesting in the class. It is a godsend to journalists, editors, speechwriters, novelists, non fiction writers, advertising copywriters, publicists, screenwriters, playwrights or anyone with writer¹s block.
In total the app holds more than 5,700 events, 6,200 birthdays, 4,000 deaths and 600 date-specific holidays – plenty of excuses to stay home from work and school! Included are events in art, astronomy, aviation, business, computing, crime, famous first facts, finance, discoveries, inventions, media, military, entertainment, natural disasters, politics, scandals, science, sports, travel, world holidays, world records, and much much more.
The app is fully searchable both by words or particular years. You can, for instance, discover dozens of major accomplishments of women and the black community by searching for the words first woman¹ or first black.¹ You can see births, deaths and events that happened in 1893 by simply entering that year in the search field.
A unique feature is the ability to use the program as a diary to save your own events and important dates. Enter all of your family¹s birthdays and anniversaries. Put in dates of your holidays, travels, and celebrations. You can search HistoryTools for just your own entries and they will also be incorporated into the pages of each day of the year.
With HistoryTools on your mobile device a Wi-Fi or 3G connection is unnecessary since the entire database will be available offline. Whether you¹re in a meeting, a classroom or in a trivial pursuit contest, a quick peek at HistoryTools could help your intellectual image.
When you are stuck for something to say, or something to write, HistoryTools can help. Sending a birthday card to a friend and looking for something witty to say? Simply go to the date of your friend¹s birth and see which celebrities he or she may have in common. Need an opening for a speech you are giving on a particular date? Check HistoryTools and you¹re sure to find something interesting to include in your opening paragraph. Need to make an impression on a teacher or love interest? There are plenty of conversation starters and pick-up lines in HistoryTools!
You can use HistoryTools to help with practical decisions too, such as travel plans. Visiting a country on the date when local people are celebrating Independence Day or special dates in their country¹s history can enliven any vacation. Centenaries are often accompanied by great celebrations. Select Year Search to see what happened 100 years ago.
Compiled for over four decades by writer/editor Larry Belling, the program is one of the features of writersdreamtools.com, his subscription website for professional writers and students which also contains the web’s only slang thesaurus, a cultural history organized by decades, a dictionary of clichés and catch phrases, a huge collection of lists of people, places and things, an anthology of humorous quotations, and an assortment of classic internet humor articles.
HistoryTools has been built with the assistance of Engine Room Apps based in Leeds, UK, an expanding team who spend their days creating innovative iPhone, iPad and Touch based solutions. For more information please visit www.engineroomapps.com . The writersdreamtools.com website has been designed by Vakart.net.
What's New in Version 1.5.3
updated recent events and deaths
increased size of iphone calendar buttons
new icon design
I check this app every day, but I wish the developers would add the date of death when they list someone who is no longer alive. More importantly, I wish they would check their "facts". I've found several mistakes; for example, March 16, 37 is listed as the date of death of the Roman Emperor Tiberius. That is, in fact, the date of his abdication.
There is hardly a day on which an error isn't evident. I'm writing this review on June 9th. The actor Robert Cummings is listed as being born on this date in 1908. He was actually born on June 9, 1910. I noticed that when I cross-referenced another app. When there is a discrepancy, History Tools is universally wrong. I assume that for every error I find, several remain undetected.
I'm a broadcaster (radio). My show is music and commentary. Next to me on every show is my unseen (hey, it's radio) iPhone equipped with History Tools. It's just invaluable for someone in my business. It lends itself perfectly to the off-hand reference, "Oh, by the way, did you know that today is the . . . ." And off-hand is what my show is all about.
Did I mention it's the ultimate argument settler. I love it and would never be without it!
BEST of the Best!!!!!
I LOVE this app!!!!! This is my very FAVORITE of all the daily apps, and I own many like-kind apps!! It runs so slick, so smoothy, and the search features are SUPERB!! It is chalked full of great information, and I am learning a TON while having fun. It truly is the BEST of the Best!!!!!