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Presidential Firsts

George Washington was the first President to be on a postage stamp. His face is also on the $1 bill and the quarter.

John Adams was the first President to live in the White House. Mrs. Adams hung her wash in the East Room.

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Some Valentine’s Trivia

Here are some things about Valentine’s Day you may not have known.

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You’ll Be Surprised Who Invented Lincoln Logs

We honored Abraham Lincoln on his birthday yesterday, and today we focus on a toy that some history books say was named after Abe Lincoln because he was born in a log cabin.

Lincoln Logs were invented in 1916 by the son of architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Honoring Abraham Lincoln

It’s amazing how the media -- reporters, correspondents, talk show hosts and others -- can use their own opinions to shape ours. And this has been going on for generations. Take, for example, one reporter’s opinion that appeared in the Chicago Times, that the president should be ashamed of himself.

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Make A Friend Day

Today is Make A Friend Day. I learned at a very young age that if you have one true friend for a lifetime, you should consider yourself lucky. I have a couple of friends from kindergarten who are still dear friends, and I know they’d come running if ever needed them. But nobody ever has enough friends.

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Simply Call It Toothache Day

Actually it's the feast day of St. Appollonia – the patroness of dentistry and those who suffer from toothaches. Oddly, it’s also the day in history when the Hershey Chocolate Company was founded. Just a coincidence I guess.

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Astronaut Bruce McCandless uses a rocket-pack outside the space shuttle Challenger (Getty Images)
Astronaut Bruce McCandless uses a rocket-pack outside the space shuttle Challenger (Getty Images)
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The First Human Rocket

Can you imagine a time when a man flying in space was a dream? I was pretty young when it happened, but I can remember when the first man was launched into space, when the first man orbited the Earth and when the first man set foot on the moon. It’s just a footnote in history these days, but just the thought of that just a few decades ago was incredible.

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Queen Elizabeth (Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth (Getty Images)
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Elizabeth Becomes Queen of England

It was on this day in 1952 that England’s King George VI died after a long illness at the royal estate.

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Honoring Weather Forecasters Today

Today is National Weatherman's Day, which honors the men and women whose jobs it is to accurately predict the weather.

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Today Is Thank A Mailman Day

February 4th is known as Thank a Mailman Day – a chance to show your appreciation to the men and women who deliver your mail everyday, six days a week.

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The Day The Music Died

In the Don McLean song “American Pie”, it’s known as the “day the music died.” It’s the day in 1959 when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and “the Big Bopper” J.P. Richardson were killed when their plane crashed during a snowstorm in an Iowa cornfield.

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A sure sign of spring is when Punxsutawney Phil makes his annual appearance (Getty Images)
A sure sign of spring is when Punxsutawney Phil makes his annual appearance (Getty Images)
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All You Ever Wanted To Know About Groundhogs

Groundhog Day is this Sunday.  You already know the Groundhog Day story. It’s been going on every February 2 since 1887 in Punxsutawney, Penn., when Punxsutawney Phil makes his prediction on whether we’re going to get an early spring.

But what do you know about groundhogs?

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