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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 26

agency: noun; a unit or organization of people charged with a task, such as operating national parks;
Glacier National Park celebrates 111 years

community: noun; group of people who share a location or similar interests, such as concern for saving the monarch butterfly;
Grants available to schools for free milkweed plants

exploration: noun; a series of actions to explore (verb form) or to find out new things about a place;
NASA names Artemis Team astronauts

shorebirds: noun; birds that live by the shore or at the edge of a body of water;
Support for songbirds and shorebirds announced

Today In History

July 26

1945: The US cruiser Indianapolis carried the parts needed to assemble the first atomic bomb. The parts were delivered to an island in the Mariana Islands.

1788: Library of Congress: The Convention of the State of New York, meeting in Poughkeepsie, voted to ratify the Constitution of the United States. With its ratification of the Constitution, New York entered the new union as the eleventh of the original thirteen colonies to join together as the United States of America. The city of Poughkeepsie, where ratification took place, is approximately eighty miles north of New York City and eighty-five miles south of Albany, the state capital. The city is located along the Hudson River, which flows more than 300 miles from its source in the Adirondacks to the New York Harbor. The natural beauty of New York State includes an abundance of rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, and coastal waters - from the Hudson Valley to the Finger Lakes region in central New York to Niagara Falls.

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