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Crew says finding sunken ships is 'humbling'
Crew says finding sunken ships is 'humbling'

Oct. 21, 2019 - On April 18, 1942, the USS Hornet served as the launching point for the Doolittle Raid. On Oct 26, 1942, the USS Hornet was sunk during the Battle of Santa Cruz Island. About nine months ago, her wreckage was found 17,716 feet below the surface of the South Pacific Ocean.

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wreckage: noun;something, such as a ship, that has been destroyed and rendered inoperable; Find it in blue in today's top story!

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Pathfinder pilot recalls D-DayPathfinder pilot recalls D-Day
May 24, 2019 - David Hamilton was 21 years old when he was one of 20 pilots flying the first missions on D-Day.

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  1. Why is Rosa Parks called the 'Mother of the Civil Rights Movement?
  2. What prepared Rosa for the action she took on Montgomery City Bus #2857 on Dec. 1, 1955?
  3. Why was the life Rosa led such a courageous one?

Douglas Brinkley, author of Rosa Parks: A Life, speaks at the Student News Net Symposium on Sept. 14, 2018..

Weekly VOCAB

Week of October 21

abridged: adjective; shortened, condensed, not as long, abbreviated;
National Book Festival to feature authors, poets and illustrators

celestial: adjective; related to the stars and outer space;
Discover your local history

nutritious: adjective; good or beneficial to the human body;
Strawberries: one super summer fruit

punitive: adjective; negative, related to being punished, penalized, ostracized;
CDC Tips: chickens and chicken

Today In History

October 21

1960: Library of Congress: American viewers were riveted to their television sets for the broadcast of the fourth and final debate between Vice President Richard M. Nixon, the Republican presidential candidate, and Senator John F. Kennedy, the Democratic candidate. The first-ever televised debate between presidential candidates was held on September 26, 1960. An estimated sixty to seventy million viewers watched the first, and successive, debate(s) - known as "the Great Debates." The first debate, broadcast by CBS, focused on domestic issues. The fourth debate, broadcast by ABC, focused on foreign policy issues, particularly U.S. relations with Cuba.
The second and third one-hour debates, televised from New York by NBC and ABC, respectively, followed a looser format with a news panel questioning the candidates on a variety of subjects. The third debate was the first genuine "electronic debate;" the two candidates faced off from opposite coasts - Kennedy speaking from a television studio in New York and Nixon from Los Angeles.

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