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    On this day in 1815, President James Madison approved an act of Congress appropriating $23,950 to purchase Thomas Jefferson's library of 6,487 volumes. In 1814, after capturing Washington, D.C., the British burned the U.S. Capitol, destroying the Library of Congress and its 3,000-volume collection.
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    It was on this day in 1789 that the Electoral College unanimously elected George Washington as the first president of the United States.

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    It's the birthday of Charles Lindbergh, the first man to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean, who was born on this day in Detroit, Michigan (1902).
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    Lol, we're learning about George Washington and colonial America right now in school and last year, I did a report on Charles Lindbergh. I've been seeing connections everywhere on tweleve.

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    The Pennsylvania primary is happening on April 22nd. An exercise in futility. I predict that it will snow that day around my neck of the woods.

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    Today is the celebration Mardi Gras (French for "Fat Tuesday") is the day before Ash Wednesday, and is also called "Shrove Tuesday" or "Pancake Day". Mardi Gras is the final day of Carnival, though the term is often used incorrectly to describe the days and weeks preceding Fat Tuesday. Carnival begins 12 days after Christmas, or Twelfth Night, on January 6 and ends on Mardi Gras, which always falls exactly 47 days before Easter. Perhaps the cities most famous for their Mardi Gras celebrations include New Orleans, Louisiana; Venice, Italy; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Many other places have important Mardi Gras celebrations as well. Carnival is an important celebration in most of Europe, except in the United Kingdom where pancakes are the tradition, and also in many parts of Latin America and the Caribbean.

    Computus (Latin for computation) is the calculation of the date of Easter in the Christian calendar. The name has been used for this procedure since the early Middle Ages, as it was one of the most important computations of the age.
    The canonical rule is that Easter Day is the first Sunday after the 14th day of the lunar month (the nominal full moon) that falls on or after 21 March (nominally the day of the vernal equinox). For determining the feast, Christian churches settled on a method to define a reckoned "ecclesiastical" full moon, rather than observations of the true Moon as the Jews did at the time. Eastern Orthodox Christians calculate the fixed date of 21 March according to the Julian Calendar rather than the modern Gregorian Calendar, and observe the additional rule that Easter may not precede or coincide with the first day of the Jewish Passover. The short version: It was decided to make Easter Sunday the first Sunday after the first full moon after vernal equinox. Or more precisely: Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the "official'' full moon on or after the "official'' vernal equinox.
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    It is the birthday of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Robert Hofstadter, born 1915 in New York City and best known for his research on the nucleus of the atom. He was the son of a salesman and attended the City College of New York. Hofstadter wanted to major in literature and philosophy until a physics professor told him, "the laws of physics could be tested and those of philosophy could not." He won the Kenyon Prize for outstanding work in physics and mathematics in 1935.
    Hofstadter went on to measure the precise size and shape of the proton and neutron, the particles of the nucleus, winning the Nobel Prize on December 10, 1961 for presenting the first reasonably accurate picture of the structure and composition of atomic neutrons and protons. Hofstadter's discoveries played an important role in medicine, astronomy, military defense, and many other fields.

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    It is the birthday of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, born in Brighton, England (190. The twins' mother, Kate Skinner, an unmarried barmaid, sold the infants to midwife and pub operator Mary Hilton. Under Hilton's care, the girls, who were joined at the lower back and hip, toured Europe where their bodies were put on display for curious crowds.
    The twins continued as part of a vaudeville act after Mary Hilton's death, when they were "willed" to her daughter and son-in-law. Though their act was quite profitable, the girls saw little of the money and were not allowed to date. Following a dramatic court case, deemed a "trial of bondage (1931)," the twins earned their freedom at the age of 23 and created their own act called the Hilton Sisters Revue.
    With their livelihood under their own control, the twins continued to draw attention with their vaudeville act and became celebrities after appearing in the 1932 film Freaks. The film focused on the girls' romances. In real life, they were physically identical, yet their personalities were quite different. Violet was more quiet and reserved, while Daisy was the dominant leader. Both girls enjoyed relationships and engagements.
    The twins continued performing for many years but as they reached middle age, they fell into obscurity. The girls set up a hamburger stand in 1955 called the Hilton Sisters Snack Bar, but after business slowed, they made another attempt at touring. They had trouble drawing crowds and in 1962, an agent booked the twins at a drive-in theater in Charlotte, North Carolina. They were to appear on stage during the screening of the re-released film Freaks. Following the show, the agent failed to pick up the girls and they were stranded. The twins took a job at a local supermarket, the Park-N-Shop, weighing produce. They worked at the supermarket until 1968, when they succumbed to the Hong Kong flu.
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    It's the birthday of General William T(ecumseh) Sherman, born in Lancaster, Ohio (1820). His father died when he was nine, and he and his siblings were split up and sent to live with friends of the family. He attended West Point where he showed great military promise, but he also accumulated a large number of demerits, which brought his ranking down, and he graduated sixth in his class. After West Point, Sherman tried a banking career in San Francisco and practicing law in Kansas, though he lost the only case he ever brought to court. When the South seceded from the Union, Sherman was working as a superintendent of the Louisiana Military Academy, and he resigned from his position to go fight for the North. He quickly rose to the rank of general, but he was once stripped of his standing in Kentucky for appearing mentally unstable. After capturing Atlanta in the fall of 1864, he began his famous March to the Sea. Sherman himself said, "War is hell" and that it "is cruelty and you cannot refine it."
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    And on this day in 1990, Nelson Mandela (1918- ) was freed from prison after serving almost 27 years of a life sentence for fighting apartheid, the policy of racial segregation in his native South Africa. Although isolated from the centers of power during his years in prison, his popular support remained strong. After his release and his decision to publicly support reconciliation with South Africa's white leaders, Mandela became an international symbol of equality. In 1993, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and from 1994 to 1999, he served as president of South Africa. In 1994, he published his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. At his sentencing in 1964, Mandela spoke about the beliefs that have guided his life and work: "I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities."

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    It is the birthday today of Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931), born in Milan, Ohio, in 1847. With 1,093 patents to his credit, he changed how we live through his inventions of the incandescent light bulb, the motion picture camera, and the phonograph. Known as the "Wizard of Menlo Park," he commented toward the end of his life, "There is no substitute for hard work."

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    Physicist and molecular biologist Leo Szilard (1898-1966) (books by this author) was born on this date in 1898. He was a native of Budapest and student of Albert Einstein, and his accomplishments included developing the electron microscope and the nuclear chain reaction concept. In 1929, he wrote a paper identifying the unit or "bit" of information, now a staple in computer languages and the Internet. Fleeing Europe in 1933, Szilard settled in the United States where, as part of the Manhattan Project, he witnessed the first successful nuclear chain reaction. But he came to oppose the atom and hydrogen bombs on moral grounds, eventually becoming a leader in worldwide peace efforts. In 1961, he published The Voice of the Dolphins: and Other Stories, a statement against proliferation of nuclear weapons and misuse of scientific information.
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    It's the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, born in Hardin County, Kentucky (now part of LaRue County) in 1809. Here are some things that you may not have known about Lincoln: He was the first president to have a beard while in office. And he was the tallest president at six feet, four inches.
    He was the first president to be photographed at his inauguration. And in the picture of his second inauguration you can see John Wilkes Booth standing near him.
    Lincoln liked animals and he owned a cat, "Bob," a turkey, "Jack," and a dog, "Jib." On the night of his assassination, they found in Lincoln's pockets two pairs of glasses, an ivory and silver pocketknife, a linen handkerchief, a Confederate five-dollar bill, a gold watch fob, and a new leather wallet with a pencil inside of it.
    Lincoln was the only president ever to receive a patent. It was for a device that lifted ships over shoals in the water.
    He was known for keeping an untidy office and also for his loud and resonant laugh. He admired the works of Edgar Allan Poe, but when Lincoln saw that a campaign document had claimed that he spent his free time reading Plutarch, he began reading Lives.
    Many thought that Lincoln was overindulgent as a father and he would let his youngest two boys run and play freely in the Presidential Office.
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    Today is Valentine's Day, the day on which we celebrate love and especially romantic love. This day is linked to Greco-Roman February holidays devoted to fertility, in particular, the festival of Lupercalia. The romantic overtone of the holiday is in commemoration of St. Valentine, a Roman priest who was martyred on February 14 in 269 A.D. It's worth noting that there are many different Christian martyrs named "Valentine," and until 1969, the Catholic Church recognized 11 different Valentine's days.
    Thousands of couples will exchange gifts signifying their affection for one another, including chocolate, flowers, and of course, greeting cards. One hundred eighty-eight million Valentine's Day cards will be given today, making February 14 the second most popular card-giving day of the calendar year, finishing right behind Christmas.
    The tradition of exchanging love notes on Valentine's Day originates from the martyr Valentine himself. The legend maintains that due to a shortage of enlistments, Emperor Claudius II forbade single men to get married in an effort to bolster his struggling army. Seeing this act as a grave injustice, Valentine performed clandestine wedding rituals in defiance of the emperor. Valentine was discovered, imprisoned, and sentenced to death by beheading. While awaiting his fate in his cell, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with the daughter of a prison guard, who would come and visit him. On the day of his death, Valentine left a note for the young woman professing his undying devotion signed "Love from your Valentine."
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