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Throwback Thursday 2/2! Happy Groundhog Day!

Adam Gall

Here's what happened on February 2nd! Yearly: Happy Groundhog Day! The woodchuck is one of the earliest animals to go into winter quarters and one of the first to emerge for spring. This is why the popular legend emerged that, on this day, if the groundhog sees his shadow he will return to his burrow for 6 more weeks of winter.(American History, Science) 1727: William Prendergast was born in Kilkenny, Ireland. His family moved to the American colonies. He was a tenant farmer in Duchess County, New York. He is considered an Irish American colonial reformer because he took a stand against...

Throwback Thursday 1/12!

Susan Gall

Here's what happened on January 12th! 1737: John Hancock was born in Braintree, Massachusetts. Hancock, the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence, signed in large letters. To this day people will ask for a “John Hancock” when asking for a signature.(Biography for Beginners, American History) 1880: Ellen Lewis Herndon Arthur died. She didn't live to see her husband, Chester A. Arthur, elected vice president (on the ticket with James A. Garfield) in 1880. Arthur then became the 21st president in September 1881, following Garfield's death by assassination.It was a year after Ellen's death.(World Biography) 1900: “It is necessary that this principle...

Throwback Thursday 1/5!

Susan Gall

The first FactCite #TBT of 2017! Here's what happened on January 5th! The month of January is named after the Roman god Janus. The Romans believed that Janus presided over all beginnings and endings. All new beginnings were sacred to Janus. That is why the first month of the year carries his name.(Mythology) 1412: Honorary Mention: Joan of Arc was born tomorrow - January 6 - in France. The French military leader and patron saint of France once said "One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to...

Throwback Thursday 12/29 and Happy New Year from FactCite!

Adam Gall

Here's what happened on December 29th! 1429: Joan of Arc was raised to the rank of nobility for her services to France. This honor meant little to her because she believed her mission was inspired by God, and earthly rewards were insignificant.(Shapers of Society) 1800: Charles Goodyear was born in New Haven, Connecticut. The American inventor never found success in his lifetime, but his discoveries led to the creation of the modern rubber industry. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company is named for Charles as a tribute to his invention of the process to vulcanize rubber.(Biography for Beginners, World Biography, American History)...

Happy Holidays from FactCite! Here is our Throwback Thursday for 12/22!

Adam Gall

Here's what happened on December 22nd! 1696: James Edward Oglethorpe was born in London, England. The English general and founder of Georgia founded Savannah as the capital of GA in 1733.(World Biography) 1775: Preceding the Revolutionary War, the British Parliament's Prohibitory Act was established. This meant that all British trade with the colonies was to cease and there was to be a blockade of American ports. This was seen as an act of war.(American History) 1807: Congress passed the Embargo Act. This prohibited all foreign maritime trade by American merchants and ships.(American History) 1812: Records indicate that Sacagawea died of typhus...

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