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Presidents' Day
Presidents' Day

Feb. 12, 2024 - The official name of the federal holiday on Feb. 19 is George Washington's Birthday and not Presidents' Day. But because both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, the first and sixteenth president respectively, were born in February, the nation honors both leaders on the same day.

Word of the Day
determined: verb;focused, resolved to accomplish something or achieve a goal; Find it in blue in today's top story!

Writing Practice

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Weekly VOCAB

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Today In History

February 22

1979: Saint. Lucia, an island in the Caribbean, gained its independence from Britain.

1975: Drew Barrymore, actress who played the little girl in the movie. E.T., was born in Los Angeles, California.

1943: Hans and Sophie Scholl, German students attending university in Munich, were executed by the Nazis when their resistance efforts were discovered. Once part of Hitler's Youth, the brother and sister, along with other friends, formed the White Rose resistance once they learned of Nazi atrocities. 

1932: Edward Kennedy, former U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and brother of President John F. Kennedy, was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He died on August 25, 2009 of a brain tumor.

1732: George Washington, first president of the United States, was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia. He died on December 14, 1799 from an infection.

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