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Friday, 22 December 2017

"Never before in our lives has a Christmas seemed so important. I am not thinking of turkey dinners and stacks of gifts. I mean the quiet, reverent celebration of the faith, hope, and love--born in a manger in Bethlehem."  H. S. Truman, Christmas 1950

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Sunday, 01 October 2017

This historic display on the museum’s second floor is the only place outside the White House where visitors can view a complete collection of presidential portraits.


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Friday, 14 July 2017

In 1933, the Popular Science Monthly introduced the first air conditioned automobile using refrigerant and compressor technology promising a future of "decreased carbon monoxide poisoning."


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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Though celebrated in local communities as early as 1866 to honor Civil War dead, in 1868 a national ceremony was held at Arlington National Cemetery. Known as Decoration Day until after World War One, the holiday is now often called Memorial Day and is observed on the last Monday in May to honor all those who have died in  American wars.

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Saturday, 11 March 2017

The idea of daylight saving time was first proposed by an entomologist in New Zealand who wanted extra daylight hours to study his bugs -- but that's another story.  Closer to home, it was during World War I that many European countries and the United States passed the first laws adjusting the clock to conserve energy resources.

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Friday, 17 February 2017

The third Monday in February officially celebrates George Washington's birthday. Despite efforts to establish a national holiday to honor all presidents, such was never enacted by Congress.  So we stole Washington's honors and renamed it, but that's not all we did to poor George's birthday celebration.

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Friday, 23 September 2016

The museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution, is building a collection designed to illustrate the major periods of African American history, beginning with the origins in Africa and continuing through slavery, reconstruction, the civil rights era, the Harlem Renaissance and into the 21st century. 

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Sunday, 04 September 2016

Long before it marked the unofficial last day of summer, beginning of the school year, or the day the swimming pools close -- Labor Day celebrated the strength of the worker's movement.

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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

In 1904, St. Louis hosted both The Louisiana Purchase Exposition and the Olympics. The Exposition was one of a continuing series of informal World's Fairs. The Olympics was the third Olympiad of the Modern Games, the first having been organized in Athens, Greece in 1896 and the second in 1900 at Paris, France.

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Saturday, 23 July 2016

Taking effect at 10 p.m., July 27, 1953, the Armistice Agreement for the Restoration of the South Korean State is somewhat exceptional in that it is purely a military document—no nation is a signatory to the agreement.

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