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  Earth Day: It's all about green on the blue planet
Earth Day: It's all about green on the blue planet
April 22, 2014 - As of July 4, 2013, the population of the United States was 316,148,990, according to the U.S. Census. The population of the planet is about 7.1 billion. Over one billion people in 192 countries will be observing Earth Day today with actions to protect the environment.
 
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empirical: adjective;marked by the collection of data, observation and experimentation; Find it in blue in today's top story!
 
Weekly VOCAB

Week of April 21

accoutrements: noun; something used to adorn something; accessories;
Art speaks for Gettysburg veterans

acumen: noun; knowledge, expertise;
Gracie Gold will skate for gold

adherence: noun; quality of following or adhering to rules, guidelines and/or principles;
C-SPAN to students: What should Congress consider in 2014?

affinity: noun; a connection to something;
All aboard Hogwarts Express for Diagon Alley!

aviation: noun; all aspects of design and operation of aircraft;
From bicycles to space shuttles

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April 23

1813: Library of Congress: U.S. congressman, senator, and presidential candidate Stephen A. Douglas was born in Brandon, Vermont. Short in stature but influential in Congress, Douglas was nicknamed the "Little Giant." In the Senate campaign of 1858, Republican hopeful Abraham Lincoln challenged Douglas to a series of seven debates, known today as the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Although Douglas won the election of 1858, he lost the presidential election of 1860 to Lincoln in a four-way race that included John Breckinridge and John Bell.

1791: James Buchanan, the 15th president of the United States, was born in Cove Gap, Pennsylvania.

1635: The Boston Latin School opened in Boston, Massachusetts with a focus on teaching humanities such as Greek and Latin. It is the oldest school in America opening one year before Harvard, also located in Boston.

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2012-2013 has been a busy and exciting time and we are really looking forward to 2014 with our continuing coverage of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The stories to the right are some of our favorites with video and/or printable activities to support learning.

70th anniversary of D-Day
Rosie the Riveter had no time for selfies
 
World War I Centennial
The 'No. 1225' transports magic (SNN Video)
 
War of 1812 Bicentennial
America wins Battle of Lake Erie - again (SNN Video)
Don’t Give Up the Ship
(Printable activity used by students in 1813!)
Get ready for battle on Lake Erie
(Video and music – “Some Nights” by Fun)
Brig Niagara: living history lesson (SNN Video)
 
Civil War Sesquicentennial
First Battle of Bull Run reenacted (SNN Video)
Battle of Antietam (SNN Video)
Gettysburg 150th begins (SNN Video)
Tiny photos reveal untold Civil War history

Wildlife
Rare bird is something to tweet about (SNN Video)
It was a Snowy Owl surprise! (SNN Video)
 
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  • One if by land - or was it two if by land?

    One if by land - or was it two if by land?

    April 18, 2014 - On this day in 1775, Paul Revere borrowed a horse. He rode from Boston to Lexington, Massachusetts. He rode to warn his fellow rebels that British Regular troops were coming. It was the dawn of the American Revolution. Paul Revere rode in the dark of night. He accomplished his mission but was detained by British troops who took his horse.

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  • FedEx delivers history

    FedEx delivers history

    April 16, 2014 – A very large, prehistoric guy named Rex arrived in the nation's capital. Thousands of tourists are there. And millions of people live in that area. Rex is moving to Washington for at least the next 50 years. Rex arrived yesterday at Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History via FedEx!

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  • One if by land - or was it two if by land?

    One if by land - or was it two if by land?

    April 18, 2014 - Paul Revere took a ride at midnight on April 18, 1775. He borrowed a horse. He rode from Boston to Lexington, Massachusetts. He warned his fellow rebels that British Regular troops were coming. It was the dawn of the American Revolution. Paul Revere rode in the dark of night. He accomplished his mission. But he was detained by British troops who took his horse.

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  • FedEx delivers history

    FedEx delivers history

    April 16, 2014 - A very large, prehistoric guy named Rex arrived in the nation's capital. Thousands of tourists are there. And millions of people live in that area. Rex is moving to Washington. Rex will live there for at least the next 50 years. Rex arrived yesterday. FedEx delivered Rex to Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History!

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* SNN Stories with less than 800 words.

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Weekly News Quiz
Why did the Smithsonian Institution choose to display a skirt and blouse worn by Marian Anderson on April 9, 1939 when she performed at the Lincoln Memorial?
The ensemble was made by hand.
The ensemble was made of valuable silk material.
The ensemble represents an important event in history.
 
 
 
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