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Today in History: Woodstock Concludes 

In response to the Vietnam War, the Woodstock Music Festival, or "Three Days of Peace and Love", took place on a 600 acre farm in Bethel, New York from August 14th through 17th, 1969, drawing nearly 500,000 concert attendees. Among the musicians were Janis Joplin, Arlo Guthrie, Joe Cocker, Joan Baez, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The …

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Today in History: Atomic Bomb Drops on Hiroshima 

On August 6, 1945 the Enola Gay, an American B-29 bomber, dropped the world's first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, killing 80,000 people, including many doctors and nurses, and injuring another 35,000. Following the Potsdam Conference in Germany (July 17-August 2, 1945), when Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and U.S President …

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Today in History: Ignatius of Loyola 

Founder of the Jesuit order of Roman Catholic missionaries and educators, Ignatius of Loyola died of malaria in Rome on July 31st, 1556. Ignatius came from a prominent Spanish family and was trained as a knight. While in convalescence from war injuries, he began reading the Bible and pursued higher religious studies in Barcelona, Alcala, …

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Today in History: Race to the Top 

Announced on July 25, 2009 by President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Race to the Top was a $4.35 billion grant for K-12 education reform to strengthen teaching and learning. It was funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and sought several goals: develop rigorous standards and better assessments; adopt better …

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Today in History: Rosetta Stone Found 

Rosetta Stone is often linked to the highly sought after language learning series -- those massive "dynamic immersion" kits in over 30 languages, Arabic to Welsh, you might see for sale even in the marbled passages of Grand Central Station -- but do you know its true origin? An origin so famous over the course of history that …

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Today in History: Live Aid 

Remember "We Are the World" (USA for Africa)? A global rock concert that raised relief for famine-stricken Africa, Live Aid was conceived by Irish singer Bob Geldof who had travelled to Ethiopia after learning of the hundreds of thousands who had starved. With Prince Charles and Princess Diana officiating, the 16-hour event opened at Wembley …

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Today in History: Remembering Amelia Earhart 

On July 2, 1937 famed aviatrice Amelia Earhart, together with navigator and former Pan American pilot Frederick Noonan, lost contact near Howland Island in the center of the pacific Ocean during their voyage around the world. The United States Coastguard had received reports of their being lost and lack of fuel. The newly refurbished Lockheed …

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Today in History: First Newbery Medal 

So fondly I remember bedtime readings when even our Siamese kitten curled himself like a sausage among the stuffed animals and purred away contentedly. Yes, even Generation Z kids grow up holding hard copy books in their hands -- testament to the pure aesthetics of reading. Cluster around an award winner, turn the pages, and there's no doubt that a …

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Today in History: Summer Solstice 

New York City's current weather conditions indicate partly cloudy skies, with a high of 86F and low of 66F. Sunrise came at 5:25am and sunset will be at 8:30pm. There is 73% humidity, wind blowing northerly at 6mph. Summer unfolding, as school lets out and lemonade stands dot the city streets. Kids swinging, rainbow's in the …

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Today in History: Congress Adopts the Stars and Stripes 

Happy Flag Day and all that it stands for! June 14, 1777 marks the day when Congress passed a resolution on the deign of the new American flag: it bore 13 alternating red and white stripes symbolizing the original colonies, while the Union was symbolized by thirteen white stars in a blue field, representing a …

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Today in History: World Environment Day 

World Environment Day began in 1974 and is recognized annually on June 5th as an effort by the United Nations to increase global awareness of and action towards the protection of planet Earth. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 in support of its Conference on the Human Environment and has …

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Today in History: Common Core Is Launched 

Since its arrival nine years ago, Common Core has greatly impacted the health of our nation's schools. The standards govern how teachers teach and what students study to master English Language Arts and mathematics. The guidelines are meant to shape pedagogy, but in many cases have damaged its essence -- the spirit and structure of teaching and …

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Today in History: Leta Hollingworth Is Born 

At least twice a year pre-schoolers from the Hollingworth Center at Teachers College come visit the library, bearing sprinkled sugar cookies each December and posies in ribbon each May. We'll stumble upon a group intently perusing the children's literature section on the second floor in the Fall, and hear little voices singing traditional American folk …

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Today in History: Plessy versus Ferguson 

  Decided on May 18th, 1896, Plessy versus Ferguson was a landmark case that upheld racial segregation laws for public facilities in the United States, provided they were equal in quality. Taken to trial, Homer Randolph Plessy had boarded a "whites only" car of the East Louisiana Railroad in New Orleans after buying a first …

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Today in History: Happy Birthday, James Barrie! 

“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.” ― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan James Barrie, the author of Peter Pan or The Boy Who Would Never Grow Up, was born on May 9th, 1860 in Kirriemuir, Scotland. He attended the University of Edinburgh and became a journalist, though later moved to …

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Today in History: Citizen Kane Is Released 

The dark and enigmatic opening scene of Citizen Kane is one that you always remember. If you haven't seen the film, you will not be disappointed. Symbolic of a time of innocence and happiness, the most famous and haunting line is spoken within the first three minutes, leaving us to wonder about the state of the …

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Today In History: Boston Latin School Is Founded 

Can you imagine several centuries back to the creation of our nation's very first public school -- the space, students, teachers, textbooks, courses of study, typical day? A revolutionary concept for Puritan times? If you walk the Freedom Trail, you might check out the mosaic pavement plaque just beyond King's Chapel commemorating the original site of Boston …

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Today in History: Remembering Benjamin Franklin 

How exciting to see that the Benjamin Franklin Papers via the National Archives, Library of Congress are now online! The Library announced the digitization today in remembrance of the anniversary of Franklin’s death on April 17th, 1790. The Franklin collections endured a "turbulent history", having been dispersed, damaged, lost, even cut up by a tailor before being …

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Today in History: Elementary-Secondary Education Act 

The Elementary-Secondary Education Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on April 11th, 1965 as part of his efforts to address "The War on Poverty." This legislation funded elementary and secondary education, encouraging equal access to education and measures for accountability exercised more at the local, rather than federal level. ESEA was …

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Today in History: Engel v Vitale 

"Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our country. Amen." April 3rd, 1962 marks the date when the landmark case of Engel versus Vitale was argued on the basis that it was unconstitutional for state officials to compose a school prayer and …

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