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Throwback Thursday 2/9!

Adam Gall

Here's what happened on February 9th! 1773: The ninth president of the United States William Henry Harrison was born in Charles City County, VA. Harrison was only president for a month. He did not wear a coat during his inauguration, and afterward he developed pneumonia and died a month into his term. He was the first president to die in office.(Biography for Beginners, World Biography, American History) 1849: Suffragist Laura Clay was born near Richmond, Kentucky. When Kentucky ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, one Kentucky suffragist noted that “it is only proper that recognition should be given to Miss Laura Clay, who for...

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)...

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