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Sept. 17: Constitution Day
Sept. 17: Constitution Day

Sept. 17, 2019 - On this day in 1787, the United States of America, just 11 years after declaring independence from England, adopted a new Constitution to govern the nascent, sovereign nation. It established three branches of government - executive, judicial, and legislative - and outlined how this new experiment in government by the people would work

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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 September 16

adequate: adjective; enough, sufficient;
Storm system soon to be Hurricane Barry

delicious: adjective; good tasting;
Pi Day perfect day for pie

topical: adjective; relevant, related to a current issue or topic;
CDC releases novel about disease detectives

unconditional: adjective; without any conditions or requirements, rules;
Liberation of Paris - 75th anniversary

Today In History

September 19

1985: An earthquake in Mexico resulted in nearly 10,000 deaths.

1819: Library of Congress: English poet John Keats, inspired by the beauty of the changing season, wrote "To Autumn," a three-stanza ode to the splendor, bounty, and melancholy of fall. Born in London, England, in 1795, he trained to become a surgeon before devoting himself to poetry in 1817. John Keats died of tuberculosis on February 23, 1821. Just twenty-five years old, his death cut short the life of a great poet.

1777: Library of Congress: After a series of discouraging military defeats, continental soldiers fighting under American General Horatio Gates defeated the British at Saratoga, New York. Within weeks, Gates joined forces with American General Benedict Arnold to vanquish the redcoats again at the Second Battle of Saratoga. On October 17, British General John Burgoyne surrendered his troops under the Convention of Saratoga, which provided for the return of his men to Great Britain on condition that they would not serve again in North America during the war.

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