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Long live the monarch - the butterfly!
Long live the monarch - the butterfly!

Aug. 5, 2020 - "Long live the King" is a phrase often shouted by crowds at events in countries governed by a monarchy, a form of government in which governance is passed down from generation to generation within one family. In 1758, Carl Linnaeus, the father of modern taxonomy, classified an orange and black butterfly in the genus, Papilio, and informally named the beautiful insect the "monarch" after King William III of England, a monarch who was also William of Orange.

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Weekly VOCAB

Week of August 03

apprenticeship: noun; a program over a period of time in which a student learns a skill from working alongside a master or expert in that skill;
First public school opens: April 23, 1635

coordinator: noun; a person who coordinates or works with other people to achieve a goal or make a project successful;
Wildlife refuge provides open road to nature

facade: noun; front exterior of a building;
Ford and the Motor City look to the future

popularity: noun; support; the state of something or someone being popular or liked by a large number of people;
Juneteenth history: June 19, 1865

Today In History

August 5

1957: The television show, American Bandstand, premiered. It was hosted by Dick Clark from 1956 until it ended in 1989. It started as a local Philadelphia show and then became a national show. Clark also produced the show.

1858: Library of Congress: Julia Archibald Holmes became the first woman on record to reach the summit of Pikes Peak. She, her husband James Holmes, and two others began their trek on August 1. For the ascent, Julia Holmes wore what she called her "American costume" — a short dress, bloomers, moccasins, and a hat. In a letter written to her mother from the summit, she said: "I have accomplished the task which I marked out for myself…Nearly everyone tried to discourage me from attempting it, but I believed that I should succeed…"
Pikes Peak takes its name from Lieutenant Zebulon Pike, who, fifty years prior to Holmes’ ascent, led an expedition to reconnoiter the southwestern boundary of the Louisiana Purchase. In November 1806, Pike, with a small party, began an ascent of the peak. Weather conditions forced them to abandon their frustrating attempt to climb to the summit.

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