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Happy Birthday, Rene Descartes!

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Honoring this famed philosopher on his birthday. On this day in 1596, famous French philosopher, mathematician, and scientist Rene Descartes was born.  Perhaps best known for his famous quote, “I think; therefore I am,” Descartes is often considered the father of modern philosophy.  In addition to his philosophical contributions, Descartes was also an accomplished mathematician

Honoring the Life and Legacy of Harriet Tubman

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Celebrating the great Harriet Tubman. Today is Harriet Tubman Day, a national observance dedicated to remembering the bravery and sacrifice of anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman.  While most of us may be familiar with the name Harriet Tubman, many of us may not know much about this American hero.  So, to honor this amazing woman and

Celebrating the Anniversary of the Peace Corps

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Let’s celebrate the Peace Corps during the week-long celebration marking its anniversary. Today kicks off Peace Corps Week, a week that commemorates President John F. Kennedy’s establishment of the Peace Corps back in 1961.  The goal of this week is to recognize all of the ways that the Peace Corps serves both at home and

Let’s Celebrate—Mardi Gras is Here!

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Here’s what’s essential about Mardi Gras Mardi Gras is the annual celebration that marks the last day before the Christian season of Lent.  Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday” in French, gets its name from the practice of eating rich, fatty foods before the ritual fasting that takes place the 47-days leading up to Easter.  It

Happy Birthday, Steve Jobs!

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Celebrating the life and legacy of Apple founder, Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs (1955 – 2011) is best known as the Chairman, CEO, and Co-founder of Apple, Inc.  Credited with the development of many of Apple’s most iconic products, Jobs is often referred to as the father of modern technology.  While Jobs is most connected to

Today Marks the Anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

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On this day in 1968, the first episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was aired in the United States. Today is the anniversary of the first episode of the iconic children’s television program, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”  Having enjoyed a successful and astounding 33-year run, the show touched countless lives and modeled to children and adults about

Happy Birthday, Susan B. Anthony!

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On this day in 1820, Susan B. Anthony was born. Today marks the birthday of legendary women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906).  Along with friend and fellow activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Anthony is best known for her fight for social reform, abolition, and women’s suffrage.  While she did not live to see the ratification