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Charles Young: Buffalo Soldier, national park superintendent
Aug. 3, 2015 - Walking up the steps to the front porch of the Charles Young home and since 2013, the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument (National Park Service) in Wilberforce, Ohio, one can vividly imagine the conversations that took place there at the dawn of the 20th century. Charles Young (1864-1922), an African American youth of the Midwest freed from the bonds of slavery after the Civil War yet still confronted by the raw realities of racism throughout his life, persevered to become Colonel Charles Young, the highest ranking African American soldier from 1894 until his death in 1922.
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wisdom: noun;the quality of being wise, Find it in blue in today's top story!
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Week of August 03

rescinded: verb; to nullify, to reverse position, to undo an action;
June 19, 1215: Magna Carta seals future for democracy

surpasses: verb; goes beyond, exceeds;
New Horizons hits it out of the park

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1923: Library of Congress: Calvin Coolidge took the presidential oath of office after the unexpected death in office of President Warren Harding. The new president inherited an administration plagued and discredited by corruption scandals. In the two remaining years of this term, Coolidge, long recognized for his own frugality and moderation, worked to restore the administration's image and regain the public’s trust. He went on to win the presidential election of 1924 in his own right. Coolidge believed that government should interfere as little as possible with business and industry. His administration supported tax reductions for U.S. businesses as well as high protective tariffs in support of U.S. goods - which were being produced in greater quantities than ever before. Technological and managerial innovations, improvements in the methods of production, and growing distribution networks made consumer items more generally available. Many Americans purchased cars and radios, vacuum cleaners, and washing machines - taking advantage of increasingly obtainable consumer credit.

1900: Ernie Pyle, a journalist who covered World War II from many locations and was killed in the Pacific theater of action on August 18, 1945, was born in Dana, Indiana.

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2012-2013 has been a busy and exciting time and we are really looking forward to 2014 with our continuing coverage of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The stories to the right are some of our favorites with video and/or printable activities to support learning.

70th anniversary of D-Day
Rosie the Riveter had no time for selfies
Whiskey 7 on her way to Normandy (SNN Video)
World War I Centennial
The 'No. 1225' transports magic (SNN Video)
War of 1812 Bicentennial
America wins Battle of Lake Erie - again (SNN Video)
Don’t Give Up the Ship
(Printable activity used by students in 1813!)
Get ready for battle on Lake Erie
(Video and music – “Some Nights” by Fun)
Brig Niagara: living history lesson (SNN Video)
Civil War Sesquicentennial
First Battle of Bull Run reenacted (SNN Video)
Battle of Antietam (SNN Video)
Gettysburg 150th begins (SNN Video)
Tiny photos reveal untold Civil War history

Rare bird is something to tweet about (SNN Video)
It was a Snowy Owl surprise! (SNN Video)

Join us Wed. Oct 7th at 11 a.m. EDT for a live SLOG-ITT with three scientists from the European Space Agency who will be answering students' questions about the Philae Lander and comet 67P. Click here for more information.

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U.S. Civil War 1861-1865 Sesquicentennial
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Of the following, what has defined the life of Jerry Yellin, WWII pilot who flew the last mission of WWII?
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July 27, 2015 - One vehicle on display at last weekend's Concours d'Elegance begged the question: Is it a car? Is it a bus?
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July 23, 2015 - For travelers keeping a destination diary, digital or otherwise, add Young's Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
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July 8, 2015 - In 11 days, 10,000 bicycle riders will start a ride across Iowa. Did you know the bicycle has an almost 200-year history?
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July 7, 2015 - Wildfires have burned more than 1.8 million acres in Alaska so far this season.
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