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Nice young ladies do fly
Nice young ladies do fly

Oct. 16, 2019 - Hannah "Nancy" Harkness was sixteen years old in 1930 when she announced to her parents she wanted to learn to fly. "Nice young ladies don't do such things," her mother told her. It's the first sentence in Nancy Love: WASP Pilot, a riveting new book by Sarah Byrn Rickman.

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relented: verb;gave in, acquiesced; Find it in blue in today's top story!

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Pathfinder pilot recalls D-DayPathfinder pilot recalls D-Day
May 24, 2019 - David Hamilton was 21 years old when he was one of 20 pilots flying the first missions on D-Day.

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  1. Why is Rosa Parks called the 'Mother of the Civil Rights Movement?
  2. What prepared Rosa for the action she took on Montgomery City Bus #2857 on Dec. 1, 1955?
  3. Why was the life Rosa led such a courageous one?

Douglas Brinkley, author of Rosa Parks: A Life, speaks at the Student News Net Symposium on Sept. 14, 2018..

Weekly VOCAB

Week of October 14

mobility: noun; the state of being mobile, able to move;
How two sticks of gum changed Col. Halvorsen's life

quarry: noun; a large area containing a natural deposit, deep in the ground, usually stone or marble
Washington Monument to reopen

vessels: noun; ships, boats, canoes or container that holds something;
USS Arizona Memorial reopens

wrath: noun; negative effects, damage, tumult, anger, harm;
Will Florida dodge Dorian's wrath?

Today In History

October 19

1781: Library of Congress: British General Charles Cornwallis surrendered his army of some 8,000 men to General George Washington at Yorktown, giving up any chance of winning the Revolutionary War. Cornwallis had marched his army into the Virginia port town earlier that summer expecting to meet British ships sent from New York. The ships never arrived. In early October, approximately 17,000 American and French troops led by Generals George Washington and Jean-Baptiste Rochambeau, respectively, surrounded British-occupied Yorktown. Off the coast, French Admiral Fran├žois de Grasse strategically positioned his naval fleet to control access to the town via the Chesapeake Bay and the York River. The Franco-American siege exhausted the British army's supplies of food and ammunition. With no hope for escape, Cornwallis agreed to the terms of Washington's Articles of Capitulation, signing the document at Moore House on October 19. Hours after the surrender, the general's defeated troops marched out of Yorktown to the tune "The World Turned Upside Down."

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