History of Tax Day: Still April 15?

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HISTORY OF TAX DAY Generally, April 15 is the deadline for filing income tax, kind of. It has been said by tax accountants that: “taxes will never be due on April 15 again.” The Coronavirus pandemic delayed deadlines to July 15 in 2020, and May 17 in 2021. Natural disasters and public emergencies have brought…

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History of the Civil War: When was the First Shot?

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HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR What was the “trigger” that started the American Civil War? On April 12, 1861, the first formal hostilities of the American Civil War occurred when Confederate troops attacked the military installation at Fort Sumter in South Carolina. The Fort, located in Charleston Harbor, was a coastal fortification built after the…

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History of Super Tuesday: Why Is It Significant?

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HISTORY OF SUPER TUESDAY What is Super Tuesday, why is it called that, and what will it determine? Super Tuesday is the US presidential primary election day on March 5 (this year), when the largest number of states in the country will have their primaries. This is significant this year, as these primaries will determine…

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History of Woman Suffrage Procession: March 3, 1913

Woman Suffrage Procession

History of Woman Suffrage: March 3, 1913 On March 3, 1913, the day before Woodrow Wilson was inaugurated as President of the United States, thousands of women marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., as part of the Woman Suffrage Procession. This was done: “in a spirit of protest against the present political organization of…

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History of Presidents Day: More than just Washington and Lincoln?

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HISTORY OF PRESIDENTS DAY During my lifetime, two American holidays were consolidated into one. In 1971, a day between Lincoln’s Birthday on February 12 and Washington’s Birthday on February 22 became a single holiday, Presidents Day. It is alternately spelled President’s Day or Presidents’ Day – to be observed on the third Monday in February…

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History of the Super Bowl: A Humorous Look at the Religious Holiday

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The Super Bowl™ is a territory acquisition athletic contest played on a fixed agrarian grid using – as a token – an inflated porcine prolate spheroid. Some will say it is the most important holiday of the year in America. While it is ostensibly a secular holiday, others argue it is truly a religious holiday.…

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History of Ben Franklin: The Original Founding Father?

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HISTORY OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN We know this polymath as a writer, publisher, printer, merchant, scientist, moral philosopher, international diplomat, and inventor. He invented the glass harmonica in music, but he also invented the Franklin stove and started the first lending library and fire brigade in Philadelphia. He did experiments with electricity and developed the lightning…

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History of Martin Luther King, Jr.: His Life, Dream, and Legacy

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HISTORY OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. Born on January 15, 1929, we celebrate a holiday in honor of a man who was not a president, an explorer, or a saint. Instead, he was a Baptist minister and an American leader of the 1960s civil rights movement named after the Protestant Reformer Martin Luther after his…

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History of the First American Christmas: 1776

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HISTORY OF THE FIRST AMERICAN CHRISTMAS: 1776 It is called the first “American” Christmas because the Declaration of Independence was created the previous summer, essentially “divorcing” America from England and declaring our country an independent nation. Admittedly, the country had not yet created a solid form of government. The Articles of Confederation were not produced…

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History of Thanksgiving Indian: Why Squanto already knew English

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HISTORY OF THANKSGIVING: FRIENDLY INDIAN SQUANTO We’ve all heard how the Pilgrims, landing in Massachusetts four hundred years ago on the Mayflower in 1620, were ill-equipped to survive the harsh winters of the New World. We’ve also heard how they met a Native American Indian of the Patuxet tribe, Squanto, who befriended them. He taught them…

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History of John F Kennedy: 60 Years Ago

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John F. Kennedy, the most popular post-WWII President was the youngest American President voted to the office, having succeeded Dwight D Eisenhower, the oldest President at the time. Kennedy was attractive, winsome, and exuded youth and vitality despite his health problems. Kennedy was supremely confident. The celebrities he courted in the public eye were American royalty.

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