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Raoul Wallenberg's fate remains a mystery
Raoul Wallenberg's fate remains a mystery

Jan. 17, 2020 - Seventy-five years ago today, Raoul Wallenberg was in Budapest, Hungary waiting to greet Soviet troops as World War II was coming to an end. The Soviet Union was an ally in the war to defeat Nazi Germany. Wallenberg saved thousands of Hungarian Jews and thought he was meeting with Soviet troops to discuss post war Hungary. Instead, he was taken to Moscow and never heard from again.

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certificate: noun;an official paper or document that affirms something about that person, such as a graduation or completion of a program of studies; Find it in blue in today's top story!

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Weekly VOCAB

Week of January 20

survival: noun; the process or state of being able to stay alive (survive), usually when faced with extreme danger or illness
Trapeze artist invented modern parachute

vaccine: noun; infectious particles that have been rendered inactive or killed in order to stimulate an immune response to offer protection against the microorganism;
Still time to get a flu vaccine

Today In History

January 20

1961: Library of Congress: John F. Kennedy distinguished his inaugural ceremony with a poetry reading by fellow New Englander Robert Frost. Blinded by the sun's glare on the snow-covered Capitol grounds, Frost found himself unable to read the poem he had prepared. Instead, he recited "The Gift Outright" from memory, his words moving many.

1937: Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Inauguration - FDR became the first U.S. president sworn into office in January. It was his second of four inaugurations.

    Oath of Office
    I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

    Executive Oath of Office
    The Constitution of the United States,
    Article II, Section 1, Clause 8

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