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26th U-S President Teddy Roosevelt (Getty Images)
26th U-S President Teddy Roosevelt (Getty Images)
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One Of Buffalo’s Hidden Gems

I’ve lived in Western New York all of my life, and I’ve never been to one of the most historic places in American history, until yesterday.

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Today Is National Anthem Day

Most people have a general idea of the inspiration behind "The Star-Spangled Banner". After a long overnight attack in August of 1814, the following morning the American flag was still flying over Fort McHenry, which guarded the harbor and city of Baltimore. The flag was battered and torn, but it was still flying.

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What You Didn’t Know About George Washington

We always recognize George Washington’s birthday as February 22nd, but he was actually born on February 11th, 1731. The confusion is because the Julian Calendar was being used at the time he was born.  When Great Britain and the colonies went to the Gregorian Calendar in 1752 with the new year starting on January 1st, his birthdate was adjusted. 

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John Glenn's Friendship 7 Mercury Space Capsule (Getty Images)
John Glenn's Friendship 7 Mercury Space Capsule (Getty Images)
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A Man In A Can Shot Into Space

For a lot of people it’s ancient history because they weren’t even born yet. But many still remember John Glenn’s historic ride in a space capsule called “Friendship 7” that was only 6-feet wide and 9 ½ feet tall. It sent the future Ohio Senator 100 miles into space making him the first American to orbit the earth.

You gotta remember there were a lot of questions back then. What would the effect of weightlessness be? Did we come up with the best design?

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Preparing Olympic Ice Is An Art

We’ve been hearing so much about snow, or lack of it during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, one thing that might be overlooked is the ice that’s needed for the various sports. Hockey, figure skating, speed skating, figure skating, ice dancing and curling all use indoor arenas, but each sport needs a different kind of ice.

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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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