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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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Today in History: Patty Smith Hill Is Born 

Happy Birthday to You Happy Birthday to You Happy Birthday Dear Patty Happy Birthday to You. Born March 27, 1876, Patty Smith Hill was an American nursery school, kindergarten teacher, and key founder of the National Association Nursery Education (NANE) which now exists as the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). She …

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Today in History: Academy Awards Airs on NBC 

"And the envelope, please." These words are familiar to millions of viewers who await with baited breath the announcement of the Oscar winner for best actor, best actress, best picture, and a host of other prestigious awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Hollywood at its finest, honoring outstanding achievement, fanfare of fashion …

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Today in History: Remembering Margarethe Schurz 

Margarethe Schurz, also known as Molly Meyer Schurz (August, 27, 1833 - March 15, 1876), the wife of Carl Schurz, German revolutionary and American statesman, journalist, and reformer (1929-1906), is credited for opening for the first German-language kindergarten in the United States. Bringing Friedrich Froebel's ideas into practice, she incorporated games, song, and group activities …

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Today in History: Dial-a-President Radio Program 

For better or for worse, different medias allow for communication at varying levels -- encouraging us to ask why a president would choose to tweet, participate in a televised interview, speak over the radio, utilize a combination of mediums, or focus on one. Which medium is the most effective may depend on the purpose and depth of the message …

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Today in History: Watson and Crick Decipher DNA 

Can you imagine the significance of unlocking the secret of creation? If so, you'd appreciate the fervent race to determine the structure of DNA, the hereditary material found in humans and almost all living organisms. Maybe you did not realize that behind two great men, American molecular biologist James Watson and British biophysicist and neuroscientist Francis Crick, …

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Today in History: Children Receive First Polio Vaccine 

I recall my mother saying that the only thing she ever regretted being unable to do was ride a bike, a simple pleasure I well know in life -- and one that I take advantage of in commuting. Shortly after I was born, the doctors fused her kneecap, for muscles were deteriorating to a bad …

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Today in History: Gershwin Plays Rhapsody in Blue 

February 12, 1924 marks the debut of Rhapsody in Blue, played masterfully by the composer and pianist George Gershwin, largely known for his work on Broadway songs. With a packed audience at Aeolian Hall in New York City, Gershwin performed his brand new piece as part of an educational event called "Experiment in Modern Music" …

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Today in History: First Free Flight 

You might have noticed that the Everett Cafe has been featuring news displays about space travel since the launch of the Mars Mission, An Out-of-This-World Introduction to the Smith Learning Theater? We have SputnikApollo 8; and, today in history, First Free Flight -- events commemorating major American scientific achievements, with educational applications. Did you know that Navy …

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