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U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) celebrates 200 years
U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) celebrates 200 years

Nov. 15, 2019 - In 1820, Congress approved the development of a national botanic garden. A custom sculpture made of natural materials was installed in October at the USBG to celebrate its upcoming Bicentennial.

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tussle: noun;struggle, fight; literal or figurative (verbal); Find it in blue in today's top story!

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Weekly VOCAB

Week of November 11

blockade: noun; a series of steps to block something, usually the flow of vital goods, such as food and fuel;
Nov. 9, 1989: Berlin Wall comes down

chlorophyll: noun; green pigment needed to capture sunlight for plant photosynthesis;
It's National Pollinator Week

experiment: noun; a procedure to test an hypothesis, or demonstrate a new concept;
Sept. 17: Constitution Day

galaxies: noun; groups or units of stars, gas, star components and dust in space that are held together by gravitational forces;
Hubble finds frightening face in deep space

Today In History

November 15

1891: Erwin Rommel, field marshal and commander of the German Afrika Korps during World War II, was born at Heidenheim, in Wurttemberg, Germany.

1891: W. Averell Harriman, a statesman and leading U.S. diplomat who worked closely with his counterparts in the Soviet Union during World War II and the Cold War, was born.

1887: Georgia O'Keefe, an acclaimed American artist who painted desert landscapes and flowers, was born. She died in New Mexico on March 6, 1986.

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