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Washington’s Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the
third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first President
of the United States, who was born on February 22, 1732. It can occur on the
15th through the 21st of February. The day is also now widely known as
Presidents’ Day and is often an occasion to honor all persons who have
served as president, not just George Washington. It is a state holiday in
most states.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF PAST NEWS EVENTS

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CARLATA BRADLEY

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Sir Sidney Poitier is 90 years old today.

Sidney Poitier spent time working as a dishwasher while his friends assisted
him in learning how to read the newspaper and speak without a Bahamian
accent.

The American Film Institute called him one of the 25 Greatest Male Stars of
All Time in 1999.

 

 

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RECAPPING PAST NEWS EVENTS

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BRIAN THOMAS

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In 1942, U.S. President Roosevelt signed an executive order giving
the military the authority to relocate and intern Japanese-Americans.

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During World War II, about 30,000 U.S. Marines landed on Iwo
Jima in 1945.

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William "Smokey" Robinson, Jr. is 77 years old today.

Smokey Robinson was a big fan of Westerns and thought his uncle’s nickname
Smokey Joe was a cowboy moniker. He was inspired to play by artists like Billy
Ward and His Dominoes.

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VANNA WHITE ‘’TURNED’’ 60 TODAY

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Vanna White (Vanna Marie Rosich)
was born in
Conway, South Carolina.

Actress and television personality Vanna White is best recognized as the
hostess and puzzle-board letter turner on Wheel of Fortune (NBC/CBS. She
began appearing on the show in 1982. She appeared on several game
shows, including The Price is Right.

Vanna was awarded $403,000 after suing Samsung Electronics for featuring
her likeness as a robot in an advertisement.

 

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Vanna White and Pat Sajak.

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REVIEWING PAST NEWS EVENTS

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JOHN BELMONT

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Ralph Dale Earnhardt Sr. (April 29, 1951 – February 18, 2001)

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The crash that killed Dale Earnhardt (#3) in the 2001 Daytona 500.

Regarded as one of the most significant drivers in NASCAR history, Earnhardt
won a total of 76 Winston Cup races over the course of his career, including
the 1998 Daytona 500. He also won seven NASCAR Winston Cup
championships, tying for the most all-time with Richard Petty.

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John Joseph Travolta is 63 years old today.

After dropping out of high school, Travolta moved to New York and landed a
role in a touring company’s production of Grease. He made his film debut as
John in the 1975 television movie The Tenth Level.

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Mark Twain’s "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was published
in the
U.S. for the first time in 1885.

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Samuel Langhorne Clemens
(November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910)

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