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The Winter Storm Of Storms

With up to 12 inches of snow possible coming our way over the next 24 hours to 36 hours it's just a reminder that the month of March can bring some pretty severe winter storms.  And probably none was worse than the blizzard of 1888 that killed more than 400 people and dumped as much as 55 inches of snow in some areas. New York City ground to a halt in the face of huge snow drifts and strong winds. 

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Mustang – One Of The Longest-Selling Cars in History

One historian says no new car ever got the publicity and attention that this one did. It made the covers of Time and Newsweek, and the car appeared in every major business and automotive publication.

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Bet You Didn’t Know This About the Hula-Hoop

It’s one of those toys I never could get the hang of, so I never really bothered with it. I guess I couldn’t get my hips to swivel good enough to work a Hula-Hoop.

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Ashes and Penance — What Does It All Mean?

You may see people with smudges on their forehead today. This is a heavily concentrated Catholic area, so it’s pretty common to see it.

Today is Ash Wednesday – the beginning of Lent – a period of 40 days of penance, reflection and abstinence, not including Sundays, leading up to Easter.

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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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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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