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May 15 On This Day In History

May 15 On This Day In History

Pictured above: L. Frank Baum, Three-Quarter-Length Portrait/copyright 1908/LOC.

VAV!/May 15, 2013

1602 - English navigator Bartholomew Gosnold arrived at present-day Cape Cod, which he's credited with naming.

1618 - Johannes Kepler confirms his previously rejected discovery of the third law of planetary motion (he first discovered it on March 8 but soon rejected the idea after some initial calculations were made).

1718 - James Puckle, a London lawyer, patented the world's first machine gun.

1755 – Laredo, Texas was established by the Spaniards.

1756 - The Seven Years of War began.(The Seven Years War, a global conflict known in America as the French and Indian War, officially began when England declared war on France)

1776 - The Virginia Convention instructs its Continental Congress delegation to propose a resolution of independence from Great Britain, paving the way for the United States Declaration of Independence.

1781 - Continentals capture Fort Granby, South Carolina.

1800 - President John Adams ordered the federal government to depart Philadelphia and launch operations in the nation's new capital in Washington, D.C.

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May 14 On This Day In History

May 14 On This Day In History

Pictured above: Virginia Discovered and Described by Captain John Smith, 1606, William Hole, engraver, London, 1624.

VAV!/May 14, 2013

1607 - James Fort, Virginia, was made...

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May 13 On This Day In History

May 13 On This Day In History

Pictured above: President Theodore Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot, Standing on Deck of Steamer Mississippi, 1907/ The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920/LOC

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May 12 On This Day In History

May 12 On This Day In History

Pictured above: The President's carriage / American Mutoscope and Biograph Company/LOC.

VAV!/May 12, 2012

1780 - In the largest defeat of the Continental Army, Charleston, ...

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May 10 On This Day In History

May 10 On This Day In History

Pictured above: Map of the Central Part of California, and Part of Nevada/Bielawski, Hoffmann & Poett, compilers and publishers, 1865/LOC

VAV!/May 10, 2013

1775 - Ethan...

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Cinematic Treasures Named to National Film Registry

Pictured above:  Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka in A still from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971). One of the 25 films added by the Librarian of Congress to the National Film Registry as "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant and worthy of preservation./Contributed by Screen Grab from LOC Facebook. VAV!/December 17, 2014 Cinematic Treasures Named to National Film Registry "Saving Private Ryan," "Luxo Jr." and "Rosemary's Baby" Among Film Additions The horrors of war, the heroism of sacrifice, a vaudeville pioneer, the devil and a master of the macabre represent the diversity of an elite selection of films recognized for their cultural, historic or aesthetic significance. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced today the annual selection of 25 motion pictures to be named to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selection to the registry will help ensure that these films will be preserved for all time. "The National Film Registry showcases the extraordinary diversity of America's film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant," said Billington. "By preserving these films, we protect a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history."

 

Cinematic Treasures Named to National Film Registry

Pictured above:  Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka in A still from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971). One of the 25 films added by the Librarian of Congress to the National Film Registry as "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant and worthy of preservation./Contributed by Screen Grab from LOC Facebook. VAV!/December 17, 2014 Cinematic Treasures Named to National Film Registry "Saving Private Ryan," "Luxo Jr." and "Rosemary's Baby" Among Film Additions The horrors of war, the heroism of sacrifice, a vaudeville pioneer, the devil and a master of the macabre represent the diversity of an elite selection of films recognized for their cultural, historic or aesthetic significance. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced today the annual selection of 25 motion pictures to be named to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selection to the registry will help ensure that these films will be preserved for all time. "The National Film Registry showcases the extraordinary diversity of America's film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant," said Billington. "By preserving these films, we protect a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history."

 

Charting a New Course on Cuba

  Pictured above: President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Cuba and the release of American Alan Gross, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Dec. 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) VAV!/December 17, 2014/The White House/Office of the Press Secretary President Obama today, announced historic steps to chart a new course in our relations with Cuba, and to further engage and empower the Cuban people.

 

Food Day Celebrations

VAV!/December 14, 2014 There's always something to celebrate because there's a food holiday every day of the year. In other words..."We are standing at the precipice of glorious food or drink celebrations daily!"  Not all food holidays have political, cultural or religious beginnings either. Nor, do local, state or federal offices close in honor of them... although, that is a nice thought.  The below food holidays include days, listed among the meaningful, that have been drummed up by people who are passionate about their favorite foods or who just plain want to sell their food products. Get ready for your ears to ring and your stomach to quivver in anticipation...   January January 2 -National Buffet week/National Creampuff DayJanuary 3 -National Chocolate Covered Cherry DayJanuary 19 -National Popcorn DayJanuary 20 -Cheese DayJanuary 23 -National Pie DayJanuary 24 -National Peanut Butter DayJanuary 27 -National Chocolate Cake Day

 

The White House Historical Association

Pictured above: The White House Historical Association/Contributed by Screen Grab VAV!/December 11, 2014 The White House Historical Association is a nonprofit educational association founded in 1961 for the purpose of enhancing the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the Executive Mansion. The Association has expert historians and curators available to speak in depth on the White House Collection and its related history. In addition,  the Association features board members, authors, and others who have held a range of staff positions across White House administrations over the years and can speak from their personal experience and knowledge.

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