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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.

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.

Did You Know? Countdown to President’s Day (02/16)

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

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

February 16 : 05 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.

gw Did you know that George Washington, according to some historical accounting, was actually the eighth president of the United States, and not the first president?

Washington was sworn in as President on April 30, 1789 at the age of 57. He was the first president elected after the passage of the U.S. Constitution in 1788. From 1781 to 1788, however, the United States had been governed by a document known as the “Articles of Confederation,” which set out that there should be one house of Congress without an executive branch.

During that eight-year time period, Congress elected its own president. The first Congressional president was John Hanson, who served a two-year term. Hanson was succeeded by six other Congressional presidents, causing some historians to argue that George Washington was in fact the eighth president of the United States.

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.

Presidential Proclamation- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 2011

Monday, January 17th, 2011

The White House has released President Obama’s Presidential Proclamation for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 2011

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 2011
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

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…THEREFORE, I BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 17, 2011, as the Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday. I encourage all Americans to observe this day with appropriate civic, community, and service programs in honor of Dr. King’s life and lasting legacy…

Barack Obama
President of the United States of America

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Full text of Presidential Proclamation – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 2011

January 17 – Happy Birthday Mrs. Obama!

Monday, January 17th, 2011

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Today, Monday January 17, is the birthday of US First Lady Michelle Obama.

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (born January 17, 1964) is the wife of the forty-fourth President of the United States, Barack Obama, and is the first African-American First Lady of the United States.

Michelle Robinson was born and grew up on the South Side of Chicago. She graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. After completing her formal education, she returned to Chicago and accepted a position with the law firm Sidley Austin, where she met her future husband. Subsequently, she worked as part of the staff of Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley, and for the University of Chicago Medical Center. Throughout 2007 and 2008, she helped campaign for her husband’s presidential bid and delivered a keynote address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. She is the mother of two daughters, Malia and Sasha, and is the sister of Craig Robinson, men’s basketball coach at Oregon State University.*

*source: wikipedia – Michelle Obama

(December 07) Today we’re observing . . .  Pearl Harbor Day

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010


Pearl Harbor Day
By Presidential Proclamation, today we honor and remember those who were killed when the US Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was attacked by the Japanese Air Force on December 07th, 1941. Before September 11th 2001, this was the first and only only attack on US soil.

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White House Releases Presidential Proclamation for Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

The White House has released the Presidential Proclamation for Thanksgiving, 2010

Thanksgiving Day, 2010
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

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…THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 25, 2010, as a National Day of Thanksgiving. I encourage all the people of the United States to come together — whether in our homes, places of worship, community centers, or any place of fellowship for friends and neighbors — to give thanks for all we have received in the past year, to express appreciation to those whose lives enrich our own, and to share our bounty with others.

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Barack Obama
President of the United States of America

Full text of Thanksgiving Day 2010 Presidential Proclamation

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