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March 25, 2002:
Did you know June 23 is Wilma Rudolph Day in Tennessee?
Yes. On June 20, 1997, Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist proclaimed June 23 as Wilma Rudolph Day in Tennessee. Wilma was born on June 23, 1940, in Clarksville, Tennessee.
>>Read about the Governor's Proclamation
>>Browse the Wilma Rudolph's Books
>>More Wilma Rudolph's Links

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March 18, 2002:
Did you know Renaissance is a French word meaning "rebirth?"
Yes. The Renaissance swept through Europe from the 1400's to the 1600's. During this time, Europe was experiencing a "rebirth" of painting, sculpting, literature, architecture, and science. Europe was relearning the lessons of ancient Greece and Rome. Florence, Italy, was the center of the Renaissance movement. Did you know two famous Renaissance artists are Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci?
>>Read about the Renaissance
>>Browse our Renaissance Books

>>Browse Michelangelo's Books
>>Browse Leonardo da Vinci's Books

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March 11, 2002:
Did you know Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery when he was 20 years old?
Yes. Frederick Douglass was born into slavery on a farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. He took three trains, three ferries, and a steam-boat to New York City and to freedom.
>>Frederick Douglass is Featured in the American Biographies Reading Program
>>Read about Frederick Douglass
>>Browse Frederick Douglass' Books

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February 25, 2002:
Did you know the Summer Olympic Games are called the Games of the Olympiad and the Winter Olympic Games are called the Olympic Winter Games?
Yes. All the Games are designated with Roman numerals, and only the Summer Games use the term "Olympiad."
For example:
The 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta were The Games of the XXVI Olympiad.
The 2000 Summer Games in Sydney were The Games of the XXVII Olympiad.
Can you figure out what the 2004 Summer Games in Athens will be called?
The 1998 Winter Games in Nagano were the XVIII Olympic Winter Games.
The 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City were the XIX Olympic Winter Games
.
Can you figure out what the 2006 Winter Games in Torino will be called?
Did you know the term Olympic is really an adjective and not a noun? It is grammatically correct to say, "I will compete in the upcoming Olympic Games." It is incorrect to say, "I will compete in the upcoming Olympics." Regardless, the word "Olympic" is commonly used as a noun, and we refer to the Games as the Olympics.
>>Visit the Official Sites of the International Olympic Committee
>>Get an Olympic Primer (short history) of the Olympic Games (AAFLA)
>>Browse the Olympic Games Bookstore
>>More Olympic Games Links

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February 18, 2002:

Did you know George Washington took his oath of office as the first President of the United States in New York City?
Yes, George Washington took his oath of office on April 30, 1789, on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City. Did you know...
he served two terms as President from 1789 to 1797?
his annual salary as president was $25,000?
he received 69 out of 69 electoral votes?
the population of the U.S. during his presidency was 3,929,214?
there were 16 states in the Union when he left office in 1797?
>>View George Washington's Photos
>>Read about the times in which George Washington lived
>>Browse George Washington's Books

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February 11, 2002:
Did you know Henry Ford celebrated the 50th anniversary of the electric light bulb by establishing a Museum of History in Thomas Alva Edison's honor?
Yes. The year 1929 marked the 50th Anniversary of the light bulb, and Ford wanted to do something for his close friend, Thomas Alva Edison. Ford decided to establish a Museum of History which contained a rebuilt laboratory of Alva's Menlo Park laboratory. Did you know Ford and Edison were also next door neighbors?
>>Visit their homes at the Edison-Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, Florida

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February 4, 2002:
Did you know the Olympic Winter Games were held in 1992 and 1994 -- just two years apart?
Yes, in 1986, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted to separate the Games of the Olympiad (Summer Games) and the Olympic Winter Games so they would alternate every two years. In order to do this, the IOC scheduled the Olympic Winter Games to be played in 1992 and 1994. This was the only time two Olympic Games were held just two years apart. Did you know the Games of the Olympiad are held in years divisible by four? Yes. You do the math: 2000, 1996, 1992, etc.
>>Visit the Official Site of the Olympic Movement
>>Visit the Olympic Museum Lausanne

>>Browse the Olympic Games Bookstore
>>More Olympic Games Links

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January 28, 2002:
Did you know 2002 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Teddy Bear?
Yes. The stuffed animal bear was first called "Teddy's Bear" in 1902, by a shopkeeper in Brooklyn. This year, the IMA Hero™ Collection will participate in a year long celebration, including a history of the Teddy Bear.
>>Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Teddy Bear
>>Browse our extended Teddy Bear Bookstore
>>Write a Poem about your Teddy Bear
>>Submit a Story about your Teddy Bear

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January 21, 2002:
Did you know Martin Luther King, Jr. led the Montgomery Bus Boycott from 1955 to 1956?
Yes. After Rosa Parks was arrested on December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, for sitting in the "White Only" section of a bus, King and other African-American community leaders led the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Eleven months later, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled segregation on buses was unconstitutional. The boycott ended on December 21, 1956.
>>Read about the Montgomery Bus Boycott
>>Read about Martin Luther King, Jr.
>>Read about Rosa Parks
>>Browse Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Bookstore

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January 14, 2002:
Did you know Ben Franklin proved lightning is electricity when he flew a kite with a key in a thunderstorm?
Yes, Ben Franklin performed his famous kite and key experiment in 1752, with his son, William. This experiment led to Ben's invention of the lightning rod the following year.
>>Read about this experiment
>>Read about Ben Franklin
>>Read about the times in which Ben Franklin lived
>>Browse Ben's Bookstore

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