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Nation honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Nation honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jan. 12, 2022 - On Monday, Jan. 17, the nation will honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the father of the civil rights movement who famously said he had a dream for living in a country that judged people based on the content of their character and not the color of their skin.

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Weekly VOCAB

Week of January 24

gorgeous: adjective; beautiful, visually appealing;
Earth Day: little actions make a big difference

harmonic: adjective; related to harmony (noun form), the state of something going to together in a seamless, pleasant way, such as an orchestra playing music
Super Bowl LV is here!

muggy: adjective; very hot and humid, uncomfortable;
High Heat, High Humidity = High Risk

occasional: adjective; every now and then; not regular;
Sally rapidly intensifies

precious: adjective; highly valued, valuable, special,
Four astronauts on way to Space Station

Today In History

January 26

2020: Kobe Bryant, 41, one of the greatest professional basketball players of all time who played for the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles that also took the life of his 13-year-old daughter and seven other people. In Kobe's last NBA game, he scored 60 points.

1961: Wayne Gretsky, former hockey player, was born in Ontario, Canada.

1950: Following World War II, India became a democratic republic.

1880: Douglas MacArthur, U.S. General and Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Southwest Pacific during World War II, was born in Little Rock, Arkansas.

1837: The state of Michigan was admitted to the Union - the 26th state.

1788: The British landed in Australia to establish a prison colony to relieve overcrowded prisons in Britain thus settling Australia. Australia Day, formerly known as Foundation Day or Anniversary Day, has been observed since about 1817.

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