This Day In History: 03/02/1904 - Dr. Seuss Born

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Russell Mitchell gives us a recap of some of the major historical events that occurred on March 2nd in this video clip from "This Day in History". Famous writer, Theodor Geisel, or more commonly known as Dr. Seuss was born. Also, the movie King Kong premiered in New York where it's most popular scene on top of the Empire State Building was shot. Texas declared it's independence from Mexico, even though the United States did not recognize the new Republic, and George W Bush announced the deal that was made with India concerning nuclear cooperation.

Historical Events in 1957

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Jan 1 George Town, Penang becomes a city by a royal charter granted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

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Boxing Title Fight

Jan 2 In the first of 4 meetings between the fighters, Gene Fullmer wins the world middleweight boxing title with a 15-round unanimous decision over Sugar Ray Robinson at New York’s Madison Square Garden

    1st electric watch introduced, Lancaster Pa "Blondie" situation comedy premieres on NBC TV (later on CBS) Dodgers buy 44 passenger twin-engine airplane for $775,000

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Jan 5 Dodgers' Jackie Robinson announces his retirement rather than be traded to the NY Giants

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Jan 5 US President Eisenhower asks Congress to send troops to the Middle East

TV Show Appearance

Jan 6 Elvis Presley makes his 7th & final appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"

How Are Dr. Seuss's Books Translated?

It takes a truly gifted author to write verse as magical as the works of Dr. Seuss. Born on this day in 1904 as Theodor Seuss Geisel, the beloved author wrote more than 60 books during his lifetime, which have sold more than 600 million copies. Even today, more than a quarter-century after his passing, Dr. Seuss's books continue to sell because they entertain children (and adults) so well with their wordplay.

Many readers feel like they know Dr. Seuss from his writing, but the fact is that many of us are mispronouncing his pen name, which he described as having more of a Germanic sound. Alexander Liang, one of the author's collaborators, explained it in a handy poem:

Does it really matter? Whether it rhymes with moose or voice only becomes an issue when you’re looking for words to accompany his name in a rhyming poem, and that’s the big problem that translators face with children’s books such as the ones written by Dr. Seuss. They rhyme brilliantly in the language in which they were constructed, but finding a way to phrase them in a different language— while still preserving their original character—is no easy job.

The Cat in the Hat was first published in 1957, and is one of the best-selling children's books of all time. The title is poetic in a number of languages:

French: Le Chat Chapeauté

Italian: Il Gatto Col Cappello

Spanish: El Gato Ensombrerado

Yiddish: Di Kats der Payats

Latin: Cattus Petasatus

Although the German version is the straightforward translation Der Kater mit Hut, the 2003 film version starring Mike Myers as the Cat had a great title in Germany: Ein Kater Macht Theater.

Horton Hears A Who! has also been made into a popular film, and its message of equality for all has been entertaining children since 1954. It is available to read in French as Horton Entend Un Zou!, and in Dutch as Horton hoort een Hun!

There's A Wocket In My Pocket! is a 1974 story of a boy who has to contend with strange creatures around his house, such as a Vug under his rug and a Noothgrush on his toothbrush. Translators have made up some wonderful sounding creatures of their own to keep the rhyme intact:

Spanish: Hay un molillo en mi molsillo!

Italian: C'è un mostrino nel taschino!

Dutch: Er zit een knak in mijn zak!

Yertle the Turtle And Other Stories was published in 1958, and is the tale of a despotic turtle King who doesn't treat his underling turtles with respect. Geisel later stated that Yertle was based on Hitler. In Spanish he's Yoruga La Tortuga.

Perhaps the most elegant translations for a Dr. Seuss book title belong to 1960's One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, a book for younger readers:

Dutch: Visje een visje twee visje visje in de zee (translates as One fish two fish fish fish in the sea)

Chinese: Yi tiao yu, liang tiao yu, hong de yu, lan de yu

Yiddish: Eyn fish tsvey fish royter fish bloyer fish

But the language to which One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish is an absolute gift in translation is French, where it becomes the perfectly rhyming:

The Quick 10: Stories Behind 10 Dr. Seuss Stories

On this day in 1991, the world lost a classic writer and artist "“ Dr. Seuss (AKA Theodor Geisel). I know the _floss has done stories on Dr. Seuss before, so I thought we'd go a little bit different route today "“ the stories behind his stories.

1. The Lorax. In case you haven't read The Lorax, it's widely recognized as Dr. Seuss' take on environmentalism and how humans are destroying nature. The logging industry was so upset about the book that some groups within the industry sponsored The Truax, a similar book but from the logging point of view. Another interesting fact: the book used to contain the line, "I hear things are just as bad up in Lake Erie," but 14 years after the book was published, the Ohio Sea Grant Program wrote to Seuss and told him how much the conditions had improved and implored him to take the line out. Dr. Seuss agreed and said that it wouldn't be in future editions.

2. Horton Hears a Who! Somehow, Geisel's books find themselves in the middle of controversy. The line from the book, "A person's a person, no matter how small," has been used as a slogan for pro-life organizations for years. It's often questioned whether that was Seuss' intent in the first place, but I would say not: when he was still alive, he threatened to sue a pro-life group unless they removed his words from their letterhead. Karl ZoBell, the attorney for Dr. Seuss' interests and for his widow, Audrey Geisel, says that she doesn't like people to "hijack Dr. Seuss characters or material to front their own points of view."

3. If I Ran the Zoo, published in 1950, is the first recorded instance of the word "nerd".

4. The Cat in the Hatwas written basically because Dr. Seuss thought the famous Dick and Jane primers were insanely boring.

Because kids weren't interested in the material, they weren't exactly compelled to use it repeatedly in their efforts to learn to read. So, The Cat in the Hat was born, and I must agree: it's definitely more interesting.

5. Green Eggs and Ham. Bennett Cerf, Dr. Seuss' editor, bet him thaat he couldn't write a book using 50 words or less. The Cat in the Hat was pretty simple, after all, and it used 225 words. Not one to back down from a challenge, Mr. Geisel started writing and came up with Green Eggs and Ham "“ which uses exactly 50 words. The 50 words, by the way, are: a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you.

6. Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! It's often alleged that this book was written specifically about Richard Nixon, but the book came out only two months after the whole Watergate scandal. It's pretty unlikely that the book could have been conceived of, written, edited and mass produced in such a short time also, Seuss never admitted that the story was originally about Nixon. That's not to say he didn't understand how well the two flowed together. In 1974, he sent a copy of Marvin K. Mooney to his friend Art Buchwald at the Washington Post. In it, he crossed out "Marvin K. Mooney" and replaced it with "Richard M. Nixon", which Buchwald reprinted in its entirety. Oh, and one other tidbit: this book contains the first-ever reference to "crunk", although its meaning is a bit different than today's crunk.

7. Yertle the Turtle = Hitler? Yep. If you haven't read the story, here's a little overview: Yertle is the king of the pond, but he wants more. He demands that other turtles stack themselves up so he can sit on top of them to survey the land. Mack, the turtle at the bottom, is exhausted. He asks Yertle for a rest Yertle ignores him and demands more turtles for a better view. Eventually, Yertle notices the moon and is furious that anything dare be higher than himself, and is about ready to call for more turtles when Mack burps. This sudden movement topples the whole stack, sends Yertle flying into the mud, and frees the rest of the turtles from their stacking duty. Dr. Seuss actually said Yertle was a representation of Hitler. Despite the political nature of the book, none of that was disputed at Random House "“ what was disputed was Mack's burp. No one had ever let a burp loose in a children's book before, so it was a little dicey. In the end, obviously, Mack burped.

8. The Butter Battle Book is one I had never heard of, perhaps with good reason: it was pulled from the shelves of libraries for a while because of the reference to the Cold War and the arms race. Yooks and Zooks are societies who do everything differently. The Yooks eat their bread with the butter-side up and the Zooks eat their bread with the butter-side down. Obviously, one of them must be wrong, so they start building weapons to outdo each other: the "Tough-Tufted Prickly Snick-Berry Switch", the "Triple-Sling Jigger", the "Jigger-Rock Snatchem", the "Kick-A-Poo Kid", the "Eight-Nozzled Elephant-Toted Boom Blitz", the "Utterly Sputter" and the "Bitsy Big-Boy Boomeroo". The book concludes with each side ready to drop their ultimate bombs on each other, but the reader doesn't know how it actually turns out.

9. Oh The Places You'll Go is Dr. Seuss' final book, published in 1990. It sells about 300,000 copies every year because so many people give it to college and high school grads.

10. No Dr. Seuss post would be complete without a mention of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! I couldn't find much on the book, however, so here are a few facts about the Dr. Seuss-sanctioned cartoon. Frankenstein's Monster himself, Boris Karloff, provided the voice of the Grinch and the narration for the movie. Seuss a little wary of casting him because he thought his voice would be too scary for kids. Can you imagine the cartoon with any other voice?! If you're wondering why they sound a bit different, it's because the sound people went back to the Grinch's parts and removed all of the high tones in Karloff's voice. That's why the Grinch sounds so gravelly.

Tony the Tiger, AKA Thurl Ravenscroft (who is also a singer in my absolute favorite Disney attraction, the Haunted Mansion), is the voice behind "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch." He received no credit on screen for it, so Dr. Seuss wrote to pretty much every columnist in every major newspaper in the U.S. telling them exactly who the famous song was sung by.

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This Day In History: 03/02/1904 - Dr. Seuss Born - HISTORY

Wikimedia Commons And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, Dr. Seuss’ first book, is among those that will no longer be published.

Dr. Seuss’ estate celebrated his 117th birthday on March 2 with a surprise announcement. They would no longer publish six of the deceased author’s children’s books — books which they had determined contained “hurtful and wrong” portrayals of various races and cultures. The 133-word statement quickly triggered an avalanche of both accolades and accusations of “cancel culture.”

The six books selected were And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, If I Ran the Zoo, McElligot’s Pool, On Beyond Zebra!, Scrambled Eggs Super!, and The Cat’s Quizzer.

“Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families,” said the estate of Dr. Seuss.

The estate determined that the books in question included portrayals of racial stereotypes. In Mulberry Street, for instance, readers see a Chinese man with slanted eyes, holding chopsticks, and eating from a bowl. Meanwhile, in If I Ran The Zoo, two African men are portrayed as barefoot and wearing grass skirts.

Wikimedia Commons The books of Dr. Seuss, born Theodor Geisel, have undergone a reexamination in recent years.

Notably, Dr. Seuss’ most popular books — like Green Eggs and Ham — will continue to circulate following the new decision. Furthermore, titles like McElligot’s Pool and The Cat’s Quizzer already hadn’t been sold for years.

But when the news broke that Seuss’ estate would no longer publish certain books, demand for them suddenly skyrocketed. Copies of Mulberry Street suddenly fetched prices in the thousands of dollars online. Dozens of Seuss’ other books shot to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list.

While the news elicited soaring sales, it was also met with both praise and condemnation.

Shantel Meek, the founding director of Arizona State University’s Children’s Equity Project, applauded the move. Children’s books, she said, should be reflective of the country’s diversity. “For too long, children of color have been under-represented, grossly misrepresented or left out altogether of books and other learning resources,” Meek noted.

Indeed, the Seuss estate’s decision to cease the publication of certain books falls in line with a larger reexamination of Dr. Seuss’ legacy and body of work. In fact, Seuss has long faced significant previous criticism for including racist elements in his work.

Before becoming a children’s author, Seuss was accused of producing racist cartoons during World War II, for which he later apologized. In recent years, some scholars have also questioned whether iconic Seuss characters like the Cat in the Hat were meant to recall blackface minstrelsy. In fact, when he was in high school, Seuss wrote a full-length minstrel show and starred as the main character while wearing blackface.

Furthermore, Seuss’ books are simply not diverse: Of his 2,240 human characters, just two percent are characters of color — and almost all of these characters embody harmful racial stereotypes.

U.S. National Archives Read Across America Day falls on Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

Though the National Education Association purposely designated “Read Across America Day” to fall on Seuss’ birthday, they have moved away from his work in recent years and emphasized more diverse reading lists. Meanwhile, criticism of Seuss from academics has also ramped up in recent years.

“Minimizing, erasing or not acknowledging Seuss’ racial transgressions across his entire publishing career deny the very real historical impact they had on people of color and the way that they continue to influence culture, education, and children’s views of people of color,” said Katie Ishizuka and Ramón Stephens, the authors of a paper entitled: “The Cat Is Out of the Bag: Orientalism, Anti-Blackness, and White Supremacy in Dr. Seuss’ Children’s Books.”

However, many condemned the new move to discontinue some of Seuss’ books as cancel culture gone awry.

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy accused Democrats of “outlawing” Dr. Seuss. He posted a video of himself reading Green Eggs and Ham (not one of the selected titles) in protest.

Conservative commentator and author Ben Shapiro also criticized the move, tweeting: “We’ve now got foundations book burning the authors to whom they are dedicated. Well done, everyone.”

And Senator Marco Rubio also expressed his displeasure on Twitter, writing: “When history looks back at this time it will be held up as an example of a depraved sociopolitical purge driven by hysteria and lunacy.”

McCarthy, Shapiro, and Rubio argue that Geisel, born in 1904, is being unfairly held to today’s standards.

Nevertheless, other voices in this newly-sparked debate fall somewhere between the two poles of enthusiastic praise and angered outcry. Valerie Lewis, a bookstore owner in California, doesn’t like the idea of taking books off the shelf for political reasons. Offensive books, she argued, can provide “teaching opportunities.”

“We all have a choice as to whether we buy it or not,” Lewis said, “but removing it kind of makes me want to shake my head.”

However, the six Seuss titles will not be pulled from shelves — they simply won’t be printed.

“They haven’t asked for anyone else to remove the books from their collections,” noted Deborah Caldwell Stone, director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom. “Whether it’s libraries, schools or personal collections.”

Notably, however, another of Dr. Seuss’ books — The Lorax — was removed from a California school district’s reading list in 1988. That time, parents complained that the book was too “liberal” on environmental issues and that the book was “brainwashing” children.

Wikimedia Commons Dr. Seuss holding a copy of his popular book, The Cat in the Hat.

Dr. Seuss’ books aren’t the only ones to undergo reexamination in recent years. Certain editions of classic children’s book series like Tintin and Babar have been removed from shelves following accusations that they perpetuate colonialist and imperialist viewpoints.

Other children’s authors, like Roald Dahl and Richard Scarry, have revised their works in response to similar criticism.

“The books we share with our children matter,” insisted Rebekah Fitzsimmons, an assistant teaching professor at Carnegie Mellon University. “As grown-ups, we have to examine the worldview we are creating for our children, including carefully re-examining our favorites.”

After reading about the Dr. Seuss books that will no longer be published, learn about the dark side of some beloved children’s authors. Then, discover some of the most incredible Dr. Seuss quotes and learn about the scandalous, nudity-filled book hiding in his past: The Seven Lady Godivas .

This Week in History, March 2-8: Know about Dr. Seus, Alexander Graham Bell, and the events of Selma's “Bloody Sunday”

MARCH 2 1904
“Dr. Seuss” born in Massachusetts
Born Theodor Seuss Geisel, he’ll write and illustrate such cherished favorites as How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Green Eggs and Ham, and The Cat in the Hat.

MARCH 2 1965
The Sound of Music premieres
A smash success, the film adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical play will take home the Oscar for best picture.

MARCH 3 1847
Alexander Graham Bell born in Edinburgh
A devoted teacher of the deaf, Bell will develop several sonic technologies—most notably inventing the telephone and refining the phonograph.

MARCH 6 1981
“And that’s the way it is”
“The most trusted man in America,” Walter Cronkite signs off as the longtime anchor of the CBS Evening News for the final time.

MARCH 7 1965
Selma’s “Bloody Sunday”
Over 50 voting rights demonstrators are hospitalized following a violent response by law enforcement. Witnessed on TV by millions, the attack galvanizes support for civil rights.

The decision offers teachers, librarians a moment for reflection about Seuss’ books

While this announcement from Dr. Seuss Enterprises only implicates the six books listed, critics have questioned his larger body of work for several years now.

As Education Week’s Stephen Sawchuk wrote in 2017, Dr. Seuss is “complex and not easily summarized.” Some of his stories explicitly condemn discrimination based on difference, like The Sneetches, or espouse environmentalism, like The Lorax.

But his books are also full of stereotypes of marginalized groups, and descriptions that portray people of color as “the other.” In a 2019 analysis of 50 children’s books by Dr. Seuss , researchers Katie Ishizuka and Ramón Stephens found that all of the characters of color were crafted in ways that reinforced Orientalism and anti-Blackness, and were “only presented in subservient, exotified, or dehumanized roles.”

The books are also overwhelmingly white: Of 2,240 human characters, only 2 percent are characters of color, the study found. (This is not a feature unique to Dr. Seuss books—surveys of children’s literature continue to find Black, Latino, Asian, and Native American characters underrepresented.)

Children’s books provide impressions and messages that can last a lifetime, and shape how children see and understand themselves, their homes, communities, and world (Santora). A long history of research shows that text accompanied with imagery, such as books with pictures, shapes children’s racial attitudes. When children’s books center Whiteness, erase people of color and other oppressed groups, or present people of color in stereotypical, dehumanizing, or subordinate ways, they both ingrain and reinforce internalized racism and White supremacy.

“Students do see themselves in books, and they notice when they’re not in books,” said Alfredo Celedón Luján, the president of the National Council of Teachers of English.

“Our position at NCTE, and mine personally, is the language of affirmation—to affirm marginalized students and authors and literature, and to affirm cultures and differences in students. I applaud [Dr. Seuss Enterprises] for presenting the statement and for stopping the publishing of those books, because they’re hurtful,” he said.

Many teachers and education researchers have long described how books that lean on stereotypes of people color, or reduce their lives and experiences to a “single story,” can lead students of color to internalize negative messages and discourage interest in reading—while at the same time, implicitly telling white students that these stereotypes are correct and normal.

Whether teachers stop reading these books to students, or whether libraries remove them from circulation, is an open question.

Librarians have several options in situations like this, Caldwell-Stone said: They can keep the book in circulation, they could move it to a research collection, or they could weed it out altogether. “Often, the decision is to keep the book in the collection, but it may not be surfaced in storytimes or displays,” she said. How libraries approach the Dr. Seuss books is going to differ, she said, based on individual guidelines for collection curation and community demand for certain books.

Still, said Caldwell-Stone: “This is a moment that offers an opportunity for adults to think critically about Seuss’ books, and to decide whether to share these books with the children in their lives.”

For Luján of NCTE, today brought up such a moment of reflection.

“I read Dr. Seuss books to my own children—not necessarily the ones in question—but now I’m viewing these books through a different lens as well,” he said.

Today in History, March 2, 1904: Dr. Seuss was born

Ted Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, is seated at desk covered with his books. (Photo: Al Ravenna/World Telegram & Sun/Library of Congress)

Today is March 2. On this date in:

Howard University, a historically black school of higher learning in Washington, D.C., was founded.

Republican Rutherford B. Hayes was declared the winner of the 1876 presidential election over Democrat Samuel J. Tilden, even though Tilden had won the popular vote.

Children’s book author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, was born. (His birthday has been adopted as National Read Across America Day.)

Kindertarteners listen to a reading from Dr. Seuss’ book “Green Eggs and Ham.” (Photo: Enquirer file photo)

Puerto Ricans were granted U.S. citizenship as President Woodrow Wilson signed the Jones-Shafroth Act.

The motion picture “King Kong” had its world premiere at New York’s Radio City Music Hall and the Roxy.

In the 1933 film "King Kong," the colossal creature climbs atop New York's Empire State Building, snatching a fighter plane as he's attacked. (Photo: RKO Radio Pictures)

Roman Catholic Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli was elected pope on his 63rd birthday he took the name Pius XII.

The three-day Battle of the Bismarck Sea began in the southwest Pacific during World War II U.S. and Australian warplanes were able to inflict heavy damage on an Imperial Japanese convoy.

March 2, 1962: Philadelphia Warriors' Wilt Chamberlain holds a sign reading "100" in the dressing room in Hershey, Pa., after he scored 100 points as the Warriors defeated the New York Knickerbockers 169-147. (Photo: Paul Vathis/AP)

Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a game against the New York Knicks, an NBA record that still stands. (Philadelphia won, 169-147.)

The film “The Sound of Music,” starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, was released.

Julie Andrews in a scene from the 1965 motion picture "The Sound of Music." (Photo: 20th Century Fox/Argyle Enterprises)

Extortionists stole remains of comedian Charlie Chaplin from his grave in Cosier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland. (The body was recovered near Lake Geneva 11 weeks later.)

The government approved a screening test for AIDS that detected antibodies to the virus, allowing possibly contaminated blood to be excluded from the blood supply.

The Internet search engine website Yahoo! was incorporated by founders Jerry Yang and David Filo.

President Barack Obama introduced Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Cincinnati native, as his choice to be secretary of Health and Human Services.

A deadly tornado outbreak struck Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia over two days, resulting in 41 deaths.

Six Dr. Seuss books pulled for racist images

BOSTON — Six Dr. Seuss books — including "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street" and "If I Ran the Zoo" — will stop being published because of racist and insensitive imagery, the business that preserves and protects the author’s legacy said Tuesday.

"These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong," Dr. Seuss Enterprises told The Associated Press in a statement that coincided with the late author and illustrator’s birthday.

"Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises' catalog represents and supports all communities and families," it said.

The other books affected are "McElligot’s Pool," "On Beyond Zebra!," "Scrambled Eggs Super!," and "The Cat’s Quizzer."

The decision to cease publication and sales of the books was made last year after months of discussion, the company told AP.

"Dr. Seuss Enterprises listened and took feedback from our audiences including teachers, academics and specialists in the field as part of our review process. We then worked with a panel of experts, including educators, to review our catalog of titles," it said.

Books by Dr. Seuss — who was born Theodor Seuss Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904 — have been translated into dozens of languages as well as in braille and are sold in more than 100 countries. He died in 1991.

He remains popular, earning an estimated $33 million before taxes in 2020, up from just $9.5 million five years ago, the company said. Forbes listed him No. 2 on its highest-paid dead celebrities of 2020, behind only the late pop star Michael Jackson.

As adored as Dr. Seuss is by millions around the world for the positive values in many of his works, including environmentalism and tolerance, there has been increasing criticism in recent years over the way Blacks, Asians and others are drawn in some of his most beloved children’s books, as well as in his earlier advertising and propaganda illustrations.

The National Education Association, which founded Read Across America Day in 1998 and deliberately aligned it with Geisel’s birthday, has for several years deemphasized Seuss and encouraged a more diverse reading list for children.

School districts across the country have also moved away from Dr. Seuss, prompting Loudoun County, Virginia, schools just outside Washington, D.C., to douse rumors last month that they were banning the books entirely.

"Research in recent years has revealed strong racial undertones in many books written/illustrated by Dr. Seuss," the school district said in a statement.

In 2017, a school librarian in Cambridge, Massachusetts, criticized a gift of 10 Seuss books from first lady Melania Trump, saying many of his works were "steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes."

In 2018, a Dr. Seuss museum in his hometown of Springfield removed a mural that included an Asian stereotype.

"The Cat in the Hat," one of Seuss’ most popular books, has received criticism, too, but will continue to be published for now.

Dr. Seuss Enterprises, however, said it is "committed to listening and learning and will continue to review our entire portfolio."

Numerous other popular children's series have been criticized in recent years for alleged racism.

In the 2007 book, "Should We Burn Babar?," the author and educator Herbert R. Kohl contended that the "Babar the Elephant" books were celebrations of colonialism because of how the title character leaves the jungle and later returns to "civilize" his fellow animals.

One of the books, "Babar’s Travels," was removed from the shelves of a British library in 2012 because of its alleged stereotypes of Africans. Critics also have faulted the "Curious George" books for their premise of a white man bringing home a monkey from Africa.

And Laura Ingalls Wilder's portrayals of Native Americans in her "Little House On the Prairie" novels have been faulted so often that the American Library Association removed her name in 2018 from a lifetime achievement award it gives out each year.

This Day In History: 03/02/1904 - Dr. Seuss Born - HISTORY

1855 Alexander II becomes Tsar of Russia.

1899 Mount Rainier National Park is established.

1933 The movie King Kong premieres in New York City.

1946 Ho Chi Minh is elected the President of North Vietnam.

1949 First non-stop around the world airplane flight

1962 Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points in a basketball game

Famous Birthdays:

1793 Sam Houston (Politician)

1316 Robert II (King of Scotland)

1904 Dr. Seuss or Theodor Geisel (Author)

1917 Desi Arnaz (Singer and actor)

1931 Mikhail Gorbachev (Russian Leader)

1950 Karen Carpenter (Singer)

1982 Ben Roethlisberger (NFL Quarterback)

1962 John Bon Jovi (Singer)

1985 Reggie Bush (Football player)

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