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Garrett Morgan (1877-1963), traffic light inventor
Garrett Morgan (1877-1963), traffic light inventor

Feb. 25, 2021 - Did you know there are about 160,000 traffic signals in the United States? The next time you are stopped at a red light, thank Garrett A. Morgan, an African American inventor.

Word of the Day
mechanical: adjective;related to mechanics, parts that when put together make something work to complete a task Find it in blue in today's top story!

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Weekly VOCAB

Week of February 22

anniversary: noun; a special day to observe an event that occurred on that day in another year;
June 6, 1944: D-Day begins liberation of Europe

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

mutation: noun; a change in the genome of a virus, a plant cell or an animal and human cell
CDC: COVID-19 and Flu update

Today In History

February 25

1943: George Harrison, one of the four Beatles, was born in Liverpool, England. He died on November 29, 2001.

1873: Enrico Caruso, Italian tenor who became a famous opera singer, was born in Naples, Italy.

1779: Library of Congress: Lieutenant Colonel George Rogers Clark, elder brother of explorer William Clark, accepted British Lieutenant Governor Henry Hamilton's unconditional surrender of Fort Sackville at Vincennes, Indiana.

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