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Festival to celebrate 80th anniversary of the Jeep
Festival to celebrate 80th anniversary of the Jeep

July 23, 2021 - On July 15, 1941, 80 years ago, Willys-Overland signed a contract with the U.S. Army to produce a 4x4 vehicle to carry personnel. More than 600,000 "jeeps" would eventually be made on the Home Front during World War II. The Jeep fest will honor that history from Aug. 5-7 in Toledo, Ohio.

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Weekly VOCAB

Week of July 19

conducted: verb; operated, ran;
Ingenuity Helicopter takes flight on Mars

improvised: verb; solved a problem by thinking of a new way to do something with new parts adapted to the problem;
Michael Collins, NASA astronaut (1930-2021)

plundered: verb; stolen from, left empty
July 4, 1776: Birth of a Nation and the 11 years before

scattered: verb; split up in all directions, moved away;
Halloween highlight on the horizon

Today In History

July 25

1952: Puerto Rico proclaimed its constitution. The day is now called Constitution Day, Commonwealth Day, or Occupation Day.

1936: Library of Congress: After a five-night run, the audience at the Park Theater in Bridgeport, Connecticut, applauded the closing night performance of Macbeth, produced by John Houseman and directed by Orson Welles for the Federal Theater Project (FTP) of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The FTP was one of five arts-related projects established during the first term of President Franklin D. Roosevelt to assist unemployed writers, actors, and artists during the Great Depression.

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