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July 1, 2015 - The boom of nonstop thunderstorms will hopefully soon be replaced by the boom of thousands of fireworks exploding at Fourth of July festivals and shows. Many of those shows will be set to music with the loudest booms planned to coincide with Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. Give a shout out if you can be heard to the Boston Pops Orchestra who created this magical combination in 1974. For more details, visit the Boston Pops at SNN will be in Boston for the nation's 239th birthday and the concert!
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esplanade: noun;a walkway, path or area that is a gathering spot for the public, usually well landscaped and maintained; Find it in blue in today's top story!
Weekly VOCAB

Week of June 29

disinfect: verb; to rid something, or render it inactive, of harmful germs (microorganisms);
All hands and hoses on deck fighting Avian influenza

funky: adjective; unusual in a fun way, out of the ordinary, whimsical;
Spring migration wraps up

modified: verb; altered, changed;
Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Doolittle Raiders

nebulous: adjective; vague, not defined, unknown, unclear, resembling a nebula in deep space;
'Journey to Space' from Chicago

rescinded: verb; to nullify, to reverse position, to undo an action;
June 19, 1215: Magna Carta seals future for democracy

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1863: The three-day Battle of Gettysburg began after a chance encounter in the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania area on June 30 between Union forces under the leadership of General George Meade and Confederate forces under the leadership of General Robert E. Lee.    Library of Congress: On June 30, General John Buford of the Union's Army of the Potomac and his cavalry had taken possession of Seminary Ridge west of Gettysburg. Union General George Reynolds arrived with the First Corps on July 1 to assist Buford. Reynolds opened the battle but was struck by a bullet and killed before noon. His death set the tone for the day. Both armies suffered devastating losses on the first day of the battle, but Union losses proved much greater. While the first day of the battle was counted as a Confederate victory, the tide turned on July 2 and the battle came to be viewed as the turning point of the Civil War.

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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
Whiskey 7 on her way to Normandy (SNN Video)
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

Rare bird is something to tweet about (SNN Video)
It was a Snowy Owl surprise! (SNN Video)
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U.S. Civil War 1861-1865 Sesquicentennial
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Of the following, what has defined the life of Jerry Yellin, WWII pilot who flew the last mission of WWII?
France and America - friends for centuriesFrance and America - friends for centuries
June 30, 2015 - The Hermione is a spectacular symbol of the friendship forged by France and America that now spans four centuries.
L'Hermione docks in PhillyL'Hermione docks in Philly
June 27, 2015 - L' Hermione, a replica of the ship Marquis de Lafayette sailed to America in 1780, is docked in Philadelphia this weekend.
Sesquicentennial of 'Juneteenth'Sesquicentennial of 'Juneteenth'
June 22, 2015 - In honor of the Juneteenth 150-year anniversary, 4 million Freedmen's Bureau historical records are being digitally released.
June 19, 1215: Magna Carta seals future for democracyJune 19, 1215: Magna Carta seals future for democracy
June 19, 2015 - On June 19, 1215, English barons revised their “Articles of the barons” to which King John had affixed his seal four days before.
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