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    Today is March 4, the original date for the inauguration of presidents in the United States. And so, on this day in 1865, Abraham Lincoln delivered his second inaugural address. Lincoln easily won his re-election in 1864, and by the time of his inauguration the Civil War was nearly at an end.
    The day of the inauguration, Pennsylvania Avenue was little more than mud and standing water, due to weeks of wet weather. Still, the turnout was unprecedented. Trains carrying spectators arrived to the sound of bands playing "The Battle Cry of Freedom." The inaugural ceremonies included a battalion of African-American troops in the escort party, accompanying Lincoln to his address. Lincoln took the executive oath on the East Portico, with the newly completed Capitol dome in clear view. In his brief address, Lincoln talked about reconciliation between the Union and the ailing Confederacy.
    The address, just four paragraphs and 26 lines, concludes: "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."
    One of the spectators in the crowd was an actor named John Wilkes Booth. Six weeks later, on April 14, 1865, Booth shot and killed Abraham Lincoln.
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    My son was a few lockers up from this incident yesterday morning.

    He seems to be fine after seeing it happen. Says he never left his locker area for first period so fast before.

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    wow jean!!! yikes! that's scary.

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    It's the birthday of Albert Einstein, born in Ulm, Germany (1879).
    Einstein didn't like school because of its rote teaching and discipline style, and he was not a good student except in math.
    Einstein's father wanted him to get a technical job in order to help support the family, so he took the entrance exam for the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He was unprepared and failed the exam, except for the math section, on which he scored extremely high. The principal of the school was impressed by Einstein's aptitude for math and sent him to finish high school at a place just outside of Zurich. A year later, he enrolled at the Swiss Federal Institute.
    After graduating, he went to work for the Swiss Patent Office in Bern, where his job was to evaluate patent applications for electromagnetic devices and determine whether the inventions described would actually work. The job wasn't particularly demanding and at night he would come home and pursue scientific investigations and theories. In 1905, he wrote a paper on the Special Theory of Relativity, which is that if the speed of light is constant and if all natural laws are the same in every frame of reference, then both time and motion are relative to the observer.
    That same year, he published three more papers, each of which was just as revolutionary as the first, including the paper that included his most famous equation: E = mc2. E is energy, m is mass, and c stands for the velocity of light.
    Einstein received the Nobel Prize for physics in 1921, and he donated all the prize money to charity.
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    Today is the infamous Ides of March. Two thousand fifty-two years ago on this day, the Roman emperor Julius Caesar was stabbed to death by senators who called themselves the Liberatores (Liberators) and claimed they were preserving the integrity of the Roman system. Although Caesar ostensibly refused to be named king, he had no qualms about stamping his face on coins (a spot previously reserved for gods), and he happily assumed the title "dictator for life" in February of 44 B.C.E., just a month before his assassination. The most famous of the Liberators is Marcus Brutus, a man personally connected to Caesar. Brutus's mother, Servilia, was one of Caesar's lovers, and Caesar singled Brutus out as a young man of promise and gave him a government position. It's not certain why Brutus conspired to kill Caesar, but the young man did come from a family of anti-authoritarians — his ancestor Junius Brutus overthrew the last king of Rome in 509 B.C.E.

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    Today is the birthday of Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, born in the Waxhaw settlement on the border of North and South Carolina in 1767. He was born to Scotch-Irish parents; his father died in a logging accident and his mother raised three sons by herself until she died when Andrew was 14. Jackson had a fiery temper and a fierce sense of honor, which led to frequent brawls; he killed a man in a duel who insulted his wife.
    Jackson ran for president in 1824 and decisively won the popular vote, but since he didn't have the electorate majority, the House of Representatives was allowed to choose and opted for the refined John Quincy Adams over the backwoods Jackson. Jackson spent the next four years portraying himself as the peoples' candidate and appealing to working-class voters, a successful strategy that won him the 1828 and 1832 elections and has been used ever since by presidential hopefuls. The 1828 election split the Democratic-Republican party in two; Adams emerged as leader of the Republican party, and Jackson of the Democratic-Republican Party.
    Jackson was the first president who did not come from the aristocracy and he is remembered as a populist and a war hero.
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    Today is the birthday of James Madison, the fourth president of the United States, born in Port Conway, Virginia (1751). Madison is considered the "Father of the Constitution," although he dismissed such a title, claiming that the document was "the work of many heads and many hands." Madison was elected president in 1808. He led the United States into the War of 1812, which was an unpopular decision; things got even worse for the president when the British burned down the Capitol and White House in 1814. However, a series of victories and then a peace treaty in 1815 convinced Americans that maybe the war had been successful after all, and Madison enjoyed immense popularity for his last two years in office.
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    On this day in 1990, the largest art theft in U.S. history took place at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. A pair of thieves, disguised as Boston police officers and reportedly wearing fake moustaches, gained entrance to the museum shortly after one o'clock a.m. by telling the on-duty security guards that they were responding to a disturbance within the compound. The security guards, against museum regulations, granted the thieves access to the museum. The thieves proceeded to steal 13 pieces of art, including three Rembrandt paintings (one of which was the artist's only seascape), one Vermeer painting (of the only 35 or so known to be in existence), five drawings by Edgar Degas, and a painting by Edouard Manet. The thieves took no care with the art, often ripping pieces out of their frames. The total worth of the stolen art is estimated to be as high as $300 million. Although the Gardner Museum has offered a $5 million reward for the safe return of the art, none of the pieces have yet been recovered.
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    On this day in 1953, the first televised Academy Awards ceremony aired. Bob Hope hosted the ceremony, and the stars in attendance included the first two women to win Oscars, Janet +++++++++++++++nor and Mary Pickford. Cecil B. DeMille's spectacle drama The Greatest Show on Earth won Best Picture. The Oscar telecast was a success: It attracted the largest single audience to that date in television's five-year history.
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    Thought this might be the place to post an obit for Arthur C. Clarke who died at the age of 90. Clarke was most famous for being the author of "2001: A space Odyssey" among countless other works.

    I am also sad to report the death of Gary Gygax, founder and co-inventor of Dungeons and Dragons.

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    Today is the first day of spring, the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. The Earth is tilted on its axis, so as it travels around the Sun each pole is sometimes tilted towards the Sun and sometimes tilted away. It is this tilt that causes the seasons, as well as the shortening and lengthening of daylight hours. On this day, the north and south poles are equally distant from the sun, so we will have almost exactly the same amount of daytime as nighttime.
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    It is the birthday of beloved children's television host Fred Rogers, born in 1928 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
    In 1962, Rogers earned a divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and he was ordained by the Presbyterian Church. Rogers continued his work in television, appearing on camera for the first time in 1963 on his new show, Misterogers, which was aired by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. This show would evolve into Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which was seen nationally for the first time in 1968.
    The show, which began with Rogers singing "It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" and changing into sneakers and a cardigan, would go on to become the longest-running show on PBS. The program featured themes like feeling good about yourself, getting along with others, and handling fears. Rogers wrote more than 200 songs for the show. The last episode was taped in December 2000.
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