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Celebrating Julia Child and Her Legacy in Honor of Her Birthday

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Happy birthday, Julia Child! Today marks the birthday of American chef, author, and television personality, Julia Child (1912-2004).  Child is best known for making French cuisine accessible to the American public with her debut cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” and her famous cooking show, “The French Chef.” Child got her culinary start when

Fun Facts to Commemorate President Herbert Hoover on His Birthday

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We’d like to share with you some salient information about America’s 31st president today. Today, in 1874, Herbert Hoover (1874 – 1964) was born. While he is most known for being the 31st president, Hoover was also a successful mining engineer and served as the head of the Food Administration, head of the American Relief Administration,

On This Day in History: Thomas Edison Patents Mimeograph

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On this day in 1876, Edison patented his mimeograph. On August 8th, 1876 American inventor Thomas Edison secured a patent for his mimeograph machine.  What’s a mimeograph, you might ask?  Now that you’ve asked, it’s also known as a stencil duplicator.  This machine worked by forcing ink through a stencil to print onto paper.  These

Today in History: The First U.S. Patent was Issued

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On this day in 1790, the first American patent was issued. On July 31, 1790, Samuel Hopkins was issued the first-ever U.S. patent for the process of making potash, an ingredient used in fertilizer.  Amazingly, the patent was signed by President George Washington, Attorney General Edmund Randolph, and Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson. To commemorate

Happy Birthday, Beatrix Potter!

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Celebrating the impressive life and legacy of Beatrix Potter. Today marks the birthday of Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), an English writer, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist.  Best known for her children’s book The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Potter dedicated herself to advancing her education and making a name for herself when women had limited opportunities.  During

Today Marks the Anniversary of Disneyland’s Opening

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On this day in 1955, the “Happiest Place on Earth” opened its gates. On July 17th, 1995, Disneyland Park opened in Anaheim, California.  Overseen by Walt Disney himself, Disneyland was designed to attract tourists and entertain fans.  Since it’s opening, Disneyland has seen several additions, including New Orleans Square (1966), Bear/Critter Country (1972), Mickey’s Toontown

Happy Birthday E.B. White!

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Let’s remember this iconic author on the anniversary of his birth. On this day in 1899, Elwyn Brooks (E.B.) White was born in North Brooklin, Maine.  While E.B. White is best known for his children’s books (Stuart Little, Charlotte’s Web, and The Trumpet of the Swan), he was also a prolific essayist, poet, satirist, and