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U.S. Botanic Garden celebrates its Bicentennial
U.S. Botanic Garden celebrates its Bicentennial

Feb. 21, 2020 - The U.S. Botanic Garden just announced a year-long celebration of its 200th anniversary. "The U.S. Botanic Garden at 200: Deeply Rooted, Branching Outward" is the major exhibit anchoring the Bicentennial. Located in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol, the Garden is a respite from the hustle and bustle surrounding it, possibly the most serene spot in Washington!

Word of the Day
revived: verb;brought back to life or in better condition; Find it in blue in today's top story!

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Weekly VOCAB

Week of February 17

petulant: adjective; rebellious, not agreeable or easy to work with;
Hubble Telescope reveals chemistry and fireworks of double-star

undeniable: adjective; cannot be denied or acknowledged;
WWII hero honored on MLK Day

unonditional: adjective; without any conditions, requirements, rules;
Liberation of Paris - 75th anniversary

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.

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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