Today’s Anniversary: The Academy Awards

It's May 16, and on this date in 1929, the first Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles.  Here are some interesting tidbits about the first Oscars.  Tickets cost a mere $5, and the ceremony took only 15 minutes (as compared with the 3 or 4 hour telecasts of today).  Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans and Seventh Heaven each won three awards, and Wings won two, including Best Picture.  Emil Jannings won Best Actor, and Janet Gaynor won Best Actress.  Honorary awards went to Charlie Chaplin and Warner Brothers Production.  The American School was 32 years old when the first Academy Awards were held, and like Oscar winners of today, we've earned some awards of our own. In 2012, we once again earned Homeschool.com’s seal of approval (which is proudly displayed in the upper right corner of our Web site).  We also received the Home Educators' Resource Directory seal of approval for the first time.   Finally, we are the proud recipients of two Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards. Our Introduction to Computers course earned third place in the Computer Science category, and our Consumer Economics course earned third place in the Personal Finance category. We are very grateful for these honors from homeschool students and organizations. They are proof of our consistent efforts to give our students the best courses we can.