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August, 2002

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"Arbor Day which has already transplanted itself to every state in the American Union and has even been adopted in foreign lands... is not like other holidays. Each of those reposes on the past, while Arbor Day proposes for the future." - J. Sterling Morton (1832-1903). In 1854, Morton moved to Nebraska. He planted trees and wrote about the need for people to plant trees. In January, 1872, Morton proposed Nebraska designate April 10 as a day to plant trees. On April 10, 1872, Nebraska celebrated the first Arbor Day and planted about one million trees. In 1882, the date of Arbor Day was changed to April 22 -- Morton's birthday. Today, Arbor Day is celebrated on or around April 22.

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>>From Your Page: April 22, 2002

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Abe visits the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Lincoln Memorial was the site of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech delivered on August 28, 1963, during the March on Washington. Did you know the March on Washington was the largest Civil Rights demonstration?

>>Read Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech
>>Read about Martin Luther King, Jr.
>>Browse Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Bookstore
>>From Your Page: January 21, 2002

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A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman
Introduce Harriet Tubman to young readers with the EASY-TO-READ beginning biography of a REMARKABLE woman and conductor for the Underground Railroad. To learn more, join our Women in History Reading Program featuring
Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Helen Keller, and Amelia Earhart.

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>>Read about Harriet Tubman
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>>Browse our Online Bookstore for books about your favorite Heroes
>>From Your Page: March 18, 2002

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Question:
For which of the following inventions did Thomas Alva Edison receive his first patent?
a)
Light Bulb
b)
Electrical Vote Recorder
c)
Edison Universal Stock Ticker
d)
Phonograph

         

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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?

George Washington

Archives - Did You Know…

 


Picabo Street. She has been a role model of mine ever since I first saw her ski (1989), and I've been following her ever since. Because of Picabo's strong will and determination, I have decided to pursue my skiing career as well. Even though I have gone through several hardships, I know that the road to success will hold many obstacles, and I am determined to overcome them. Hopefully, at the end of the road, my hero will be waiting. Some day...

Picabo Street

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>>From Your Page: May, 2002

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Question:
Who were the first people in space?

Answer:
Yuri Gagarin, Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, Gherman Titov, and John Glenn.

On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin (Soviet Cosmonaut) was the first person in space and the first person to orbit the earth. His one-orbit flight lasted one hour and 48 minutes. His spacecraft was Vostok.

On May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard (U.S. Astronaut) was the second person and first American in space. His spacecraft was Freedom 7.


Alan Shepard in flight aboard Freedom 7 on May 5, 1961

On July 21, 1961, Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom (U.S. Astronaut) was the third person and second American in space. His spacecraft was Liberty Bell 7.

In August, 1961, Gherman Titov (Soviet Cosmonaut) was the fourth person and second Russian in space. He was the second person to orbit the earth. His orbit lasted 24 hours. His spacecraft was Vostok 2.

On February 20, 1962, John H. Glenn, Jr., (U.S. Astronaut) was the fifth person and third American in space. He was also the first American to orbit the earth. He made three orbits around earth in five hours. His spacecraft was Friendship 7.


View of the Earth from Freedom 7 on May 5, 1961

When will you fly in space?

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>>Browse our Extended Space Bookstore
>>From Your Page: April 29, 2002

Question:
For which of the following inventions did Thomas Alva Edison receive his first patent?
a) Light Bulb
b) Electrical Vote Recorder
c) Edison Universal Stock Ticker
d) Phonograph

Answer:
b) Electrical Vote Recorder.
Thomas Alva Edison received his first patent for the Electrical Vote Recorder in 1868. It allowed votes to be recorded automatically, sped up the voting process, and prevented errors in counting the votes. Although the U.S. Congress decided not to use Alva's invention, the machine was first used by the New York State Legislature in 1892.

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>>Read about Thomas Alva Edison
>>Read about the times in which Thomas Alva Edison lived
>>Browse Alva's Bookstore
>>From Your Page: February 11, 2002

       

 

 

 


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