FOURTH U.S. PRESIDENT BORN ON THIS DATE IN 1751

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James Madison, Jr. (March 16, 1751 – June 28, 1836) is considered one of
the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was the principal author of the
U.S. Constitution, and is often called the "Father of the Constitution". He was 
the first president to have served in the U.S. Congress.

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                 James-Madison coin

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MILITARY ACADEMY ESTABLISHED ON THIS DATE IN 1802

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Congress formally authorized the establishment and funding of the United States
Military Academy at West Point, New York. on 16 March 1802. The entire central
campus is a national landmark and home to scores of historic sites, buildings,and 
monuments. The academy sits on scenic high ground overlooking the Hudson
River, 50 miles north of New York City. The campus is a popular tourist attraction complete with a large visitor center and the oldest museum in the United States
Army.

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The majority of the campus’s buildings are constructed from gray and black granite like the West Academic Building shown above.

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West Point color guard leading a cadet parade

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PREMIER OF KING KONG ON THIS DATE IN 1933

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King Kong opened at the 6,200 seat Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Crowds
lined up around the block on opening day and tickets were priced at 35 to 75 cents 
and, in its first four days, every one of its ten shows a day were sold out, setting 
an all  time attendance record for an indoor event. Over the four day period, the 
film grossed $89,931. In 1991 Kong was selected by the Library of Congress for 
preservation in the National Film Registry.

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DVD release, 2006

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FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT ~ JANUARY 30. 1882–APRIL 12, 1945

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                The 32nd President of the United States (1933 – 1945)

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     President Roosevelt giving his famous ‘Infamy Speech” to Congress    

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JOHN HANCOCK ~ BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1737

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John Hancock  was a merchant, statesman, and prominent patriot of the American Revolution. He served as president of the Second Continental Congress and was the first and third Governor of the commonwealth of Massachusetts. As president of the Congress, Hancock was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence. Hancock died on October 8, 1793, at 56 years of age.

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