Today is a very important day, and it has nothing to do with American independence. Normally, this is the day where I wish John Dough a happy birthday, but I'm going to skip that this year, to celebrate a major milestone in children's literature. Because it was on this day in 1862, one hundred and fifty years ago, that the Rev. Charles Dodgeson went on a boating trip with the Liddell sisters, and first told the story that he would later write down and publish as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. This opened the door to a whole new type of fantasy story, one of which would be The Wonderful Wizard of Oz thirty-eight years later.