Today in History: U.S. Marine Corps created in 1775

Today in History: U.S. Marine Corps created in 1775

243 years ago today, during the American Revolution, the Continental Congress passed a resolution forming two battalions of Continental Marines capable of fighting for independence both at sea and on shore. The resolution was drafted by future U.S. president John Adams and adopted in Philadelphia on November 10, 1775. The original U.S. Marines distinguished themselves in important operations during the Revolutionary War. In July 1798. the U.S. Marine Corps became a permanent military force under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Navy (formed in May 1798). Marines have participated in all the wars of the United States and in most cases were the first soldiers to fight. Today, the USMC  has approx. 200,000 active-duty members and 40,000 reserve Marines.

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Today is National Eating Healthy Day!

National Eating Healthy Day falls on the first Wednesday in November and has been observed since 2009.

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History: October Revolution in Russia in 1917

History: October Revolution in Russia in 1917

101 years ago today, Vladimir Lenin and the Bolsheviks took over the winter palace and ended the rule of the post-Tsarist provisional government and transferred all powers to the communists in Russia.

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Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 am on November 4, 2018

Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 am on November 4, 2018

As we return to Standard Time here in the United States, enjoy that extra hour of sleep. Your mornings will be a little lighter again …

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Today in History: Statue of Liberty Opening in 1886

Today in History: Statue of Liberty Opening in 1886

132 years ago today, U.S. President Stephen Grover Cleveland presided over the dedication ceremony of the “Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World.” The monument was a gift of friendship from France to the United States and is today recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy.

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Today in History: Ben Shahn born in 1898

Today in History: Ben Shahn born in 1898

Ben Shahn (September 12, 1898 – March 14, 1969) was an American painter and graphic artist whose work displayed a combination of realism and abstraction, thus addressing various social and political causes. Shahn immigrated with his family to New York City in 1906. In 1913–17 he worked as a lithographer’s apprentice while attending high school at night. He later attended New York University, City College of New York, and the National Academy of Design in New York. During travels to Europe in 1925 and 1927 he saw the works of the Old Masters. In 1933 Shahn enrolled in the New York City Public Works Art Project and executed a series of works on the Prohibition era. From 1935 to 1938 he worked for the Farm Security Administration as an artist and photographer.
Shahn and his wife, Bernarda Brysen, executed a series of panels for the lobby of the Bronx post office in New York in 1938–39, a project that took the form of a geographic panorama of American life. Beginning in the mid-1950s, his work became more reflective and less concerned with social criticism. Source: britannica.com

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Today in History: United States nicknamed Uncle Sam

Today in History: United States nicknamed Uncle Sam

On this day in 1813, the United States gets its nickname, Uncle Sam. The name is linked to Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, New York, who supplied barrels of beef to the United States Army during the War of 1812.Wilson (1766-1854) stamped the barrels with “U.S.” for United States, but soldiers began referring to the grub as “Uncle Sam’s.” The local newspaper picked up on the story and Uncle Sam eventually gained widespread acceptance as the nickname for the U.S. federal government.

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