THE FATHER OF THE U.S. SPACE PROGRAM ~ BORN ON THIS DATE IN 1912

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Wernher von Braun  was a German born rocket scientist, engineer, space architect,
and one of the leading figures in the development of rocket technology in Germany  
and the United States during and after World War ll. A former member of the Nazi  
Party and a commissioned SS officer, von Braun would later be regarded as the 
preeminent rocket engineer of the 20th century in his role with the U.S. civilian
space agency NASA. In 1955, ten years after entering this country, Von Braun
became a naturalized citizen. He lead the development of the Saturn V booster
rocket that helped land the first men on the Moon in 1969. Von Braun received the
National Medal of Science in 1975. He died on June 16, 1977 of pancreatic cancer 
at the age of 65. 

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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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LINCOLN’S SECOND TERM IN OFFICE ON THIS DATE IN 1865

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Depicted above is the second term inauguration of Abraham Lincoln as the 16th
President of the United States. Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase (right) administered
the Oath of Office. 

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Last known photo of Abraham Lincoln (1865)

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PEACE CORPS ESTABLISHED ON THIS DATE IN 1961

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The Peace Corps is a  volunteer agency run by the U.S. Government. The mission of 
the Peace Corps includes three goals: providing technical assistance, helping people outside the United States to understand U.S. culture, and Americans to understand
the cultures of other countries. Generally, the work is related to social and economic development. On March 1, 1961,President John F. Kennedy (on the right above)
signed the Executive Order that officially started the Peace Corps. Kennedy then 
appointed his brother-in-law Sargent Shriver (above left) to be the program’s first 
director.

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President Kennedy greets the first Peace Corps volunteers in August,1962.

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