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Coast Guard carries on for the Schuenemann brothers
Coast Guard carries on for the Schuenemann brothers

Dec. 9, 2019 - Imagine operating a ship on the Great Lakes in 1898. August and Herman Schuenemann, brothers, annually made the treacherous trek on icy waters to sell and give away Christmas trees at Chicago's waterfront.

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Weekly VOCAB

Week of December 09

astrophysics: noun; the study of physics in space, a combination of astronomy and physics;
NASA announces first findings of Parker Solar Probe

auction: noun; an event during which an item is offered for sale to the highest bidder;
Inaugural copy of Marvel Comics sells for $1.26 million

glaciologists: noun; people who study and become experts about glaciers;
Expedition searching for Endurance shipwreck

wreckage: noun; something, such as a ship, that has been destroyed and rendered inoperable;
Crew says finding sunken ships is 'humbling'

Today In History

December 11

1946: UNICEF, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, was established by the United Nations General Assembly.

1943: John Kerry, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and former Democratic presidential candidate who lost to George W. Bush in 2004, was born in Denver, Colorado.

1936: King Edward VIII abdicated the English throne. He became King of England upon the death of his father, George V, but his coronation was never held. He abdicated the throne in order to marry Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced American. They were married on June 3, 1937.


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