Archive for February, 2011

Did You Know? Countdown to President’s Day (02/19)

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

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Did You Know? Countdown to President’s Day
Facts, Figures & Folklore About America’s Presidents

February 19 : 02 days till President’s Day

Originally intended to celebrate the birthday of the first US President, George Washington, the President’s Day holiday has become a general celebration of all past US Presidents.

jfk Did you know that John F. Kennedy, the 35th president, was the youngest man elected to the presidency of the United States?

He was just 46 years old when he was inaugurated. Kennedy was also the youngest president to die in office, and the fourth U.S. president assassinated during his tenure.

Often quoted for his moving Inaugural address in which he stated, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”, Kennedy was a master orator.

In his less than 1,000 days in office, Kennedy historically presided over the Cuban Missile Crisis and the introduction of the sweeping Civil Rights Act. The bill, which ended racial discrimination in public places and required employers to provide equal employment opportunities, was being debated by Congress at the time of Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963.

So in honor of this upcoming holiday join us as we countdown to President’s Day with little know facts, figures, and folklore about America and its Presidents! We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to February 21st! So stop by again tomorrow.

(February 19) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Copernicus Day

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Copernicus Day
Celebrating Nicolaus Copernicus, the father of modern astronomy and the first astronomer to scientifically theorize that the Sun, not the Earth, was at the center of the universe.

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Did You Know? Countdown to President’s Day (02/18)

Friday, February 18th, 2011

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Did You Know? Countdown to President’s Day
Facts, Figures & Folklore About America’s Presidents

February 18 : 03 days till President’s Day

Originally intended to celebrate the birthday of the first US President, George Washington, the President’s Day holiday has become a general celebration of all past US Presidents.

al Did you know that Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was the first Republican elected to the nation’s highest office?

Lincoln also differed from his predecessors in that he did not come from a family of means. The son of a Kentucky frontiersman, Lincoln’s mother died when he was just ten years old. Lincoln married Mary Todd and together they had four sons, but only one survived into adulthood.

Lincoln also struggled initially as a politician, losing his run for the Senate in 1858. Just two years later, however, Lincoln was elected president of the United States. He presided over the Union Forces in the Civil War (1861-1865) and, in 1863, issued the Emancipation Proclamation, ending slavery in America. President Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, the first of four U.S. presidents to be assassinated.

So in honor of this upcoming holiday join us as we countdown to President’s Day with little know facts, figures, and folklore about America and its Presidents! We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to February 21st! So stop by again tomorrow.

(February 18) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Pluto Day

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Pluto Day
On this day in 1930, the planet of Pluto was discovered by an astronomer named Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona.

In 2006, poor Pluto was demoted to a “dwarf planet” by a consensus decisions of modern astronomers.

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Holiday Reminder: St. Patrick’s Day

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

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Holiday Reminder: St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated in one month, Thur. March 17th.

Visit our St. Patrick’s Day celebration for fun and more information.

Did You Know? Countdown to President’s Day (02/17)

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

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Did You Know? Countdown to President’s Day
Facts, Figures & Folklore About America’s Presidents

February 17 : 04 days till President’s Day

Originally intended to celebrate the birthday of the first US President, George Washington, the President’s Day holiday has become a general celebration of all past US Presidents.

fdr Did you know that Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected president four times?

The 32nd president of the United States, Roosevelt served four successive terms, between 1934 and 1945.

Elected during the height of the Great Depression, when over 13 million Americans were unemployed, FDR brought back hope to many citizens at his Inaugural address: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Under Roosevelt’s leadership, Congress enacted the New Deal to reverse the Great Depression. Public works projects put Americans back to work, America’s social security system was created, and sweeping government oversight was introduced, such as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

From December, 1941, with the bombing of Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt presided over the U.S. involvement in World War II, which ultimately brought about the conclusion of the Great Depression. FDR died in 1945 at the age of 63. Six years later, the 22nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution was ratified, limiting the tenure of the U.S. presidency to two successive terms.

So in honor of this upcoming holiday join us as we countdown to President’s Day with little know facts, figures, and folklore about America and its Presidents! We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to February 21st! So stop by again tomorrow.

(February 17) Today we’re celebrating . . .  My Way Day

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

02172007fs.jpgMy Way Day

I’ve lived a life that’s full.
I’ve traveled each and every highway;
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way
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Cast off others opinions of yourself and show’em that you’ll do it Frankie’s way; you’ll do it “My Way!”

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