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International Holocaust Remembrance Day
International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Jan. 27, 2021 - Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Holocaust was part of Adolf Hitler's diabolical plan to change the world order in the early part of the 20th century. He committed genocide against European Jews. About six million Jews, including 1.5 million children, were murdered at concentration camps in Poland and Germany. The world must not only never forget this atrocity but also commit to actions that prevent such hatred and violence.

Word of the Day
culminated: verb;ended, usually after a long process or period of time; Find it in blue in today's top story!

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Weekly VOCAB

Week of January 25

botanically: adverb; related to botany (noun form), the study of plants;
Lower temps, less sunshine brings harvest to an end

heroically: adverb; related to hero (noun form), a person who demonstrates bravery, courage and conviction;
Gen. Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier and sent America to space

occasionally: adverb; every now and then; not on a regular basis;
Miss Betty: Vintage plane named for WWII Rosie

strategically: adverb; with strategy, plans put into action to achieve a goal or desired outcome;
Thanksgiving travel projected to dramatically decline

Today In History

January 27

1973: The United States, North Vietnam, and South Vietnam signed an "Agreement on ending the war and restoring peace in Vietnam." It was signed in Paris and took effect on January 28 at 8 a.m. thus ending U.S. involvement in the Vietnam war.

1967: Three American astronauts, Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Edward White, and Roger Chaffee, died when a fire broke out during an Apollo 1 simulation test. They were trapped inside the capsule. Launch had been planned for Feb. 27th.

1945: Soviet troops liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland.

1756: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the world's greatest composers, was born in Salzburg, Austria. He was born into a musical family and began composing at age five.

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