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Sept. 17: Constitution Day
Sept. 17: Constitution Day

Sept. 17, 2020 - On this day in 1787, the Constitution of the United States was signed in Philadelphia in the same room where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776 at the start of the American Revolution. To take effect, the Constitution then had to be ratified by nine of the 13 states.

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stipulated: verb;stated, mandated, said, set conditions for; Find it in blue in today's top story!

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Weekly VOCAB

Week of September 14

auditory: adjective; related to sound, hearing;
Fourth of July fireworks: Protect hands, fingers, eyes - and ears

hygienic: adjective; related to hygiene, practices to prevent the spread of infections;
Cover your coughs and sneezes!

lenient: adjective; not strict, relaxed, casual;
Find refuge, if permitted, at a National Wildlife Refuge

reluctant: adjective; hesitant, not ready to do something;
Women who flew through the clouds to reach the stars

Today In History

September 18

1895: Library of Congress: Booker T. Washington delivered his famous "Atlanta Compromise" speech also known as the "Atlanta Exposition Speech" at the opening of the Cotton States and International Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia. Washington, the founder and president of the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute (now Tuskegee University), was the first African-American man ever to address a racially mixed Southern audience. In 1881, Washington established the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. With his political savvy and talent for fund-raising, he quickly transformed the small collection of dilapidated buildings into one of the finest and most renowned African-American educational institutions in the country.

1793: The cornerstone to the U.S. Capitol was laid in Washington D.C. by George Washington. It has been lost to posterity.

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