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Remembering Pearl Harbor

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Today marks the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. At 7:55 AM on December 7, 1941, Japanese fighter pilots set their sights on Pearl Harbor, an American naval base in Oahu, Hawaii. Two hours later, 2,400 Americas were dead, another 1,200 wounded, and nearly 20 naval vessels…

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The history of Groundhog Day

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Punxsutawney Phil is arguably the most famous groundhog around the world. On February 2, Groundhog Day, crowds wait anxiously for Phil to emerge from his burrow. If he sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t see his shadow,…

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A visit to the Statue of Liberty

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When one thinks of New York, many images may come to mind: Broadway, the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, Radio City Music Hall. Another iconic symbol of the Big Apple? The Statue of Liberty. Most groups that travel to New York City with WorldStrides…

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Interesting facts about the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

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One of the sites students often visit when traveling with us to Washington, D.C., is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Dr. King dreamed of a world with equality for all, and his memorial between the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials on the National Mall stands…

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Touring Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello by night

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When looking out of certain windows or enjoying lunch on the rooftop patio at WorldStrides, employees can see Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, sitting high atop its mountain. Last month, I took advantage of our proximity. Every December, Monticello opens its doors after hours for a look…

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5 Haunted Places in The United States

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October is the spookiest month of year, full of ghosts, goblins, haunted houses, and scary stories. If you like scary stories, here are 5 haunted places in the United States – and WorldStrides visits them all! The White House, Washington, D.C. 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in…

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This Week In History: February 8-14

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This Week in History… February 8, 1922: President Warren Harding has the White House’s first radio installed. On June 14 of the same year, Harding became the first president to have his voice transmitted to the American public by radio. His speech, however, was not…

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This Week In History: January 11-17

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This Week in History… January 12, 1932: Hattie Wyatt Caraway becomes the first woman elected to the United States Senate. Hattie Carraway was initially appointed to fill her husband’s Senate seat when he passed away in 1931 but went on to win the seat in…

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History Fun Facts: January 4-10

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This Week in History… January 7, 1789: The first presidential election in the United States takes place. When George Washington was first elected, the Senate proposed that he be called by the official title “His Highness the President of the United States of America and…

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This Week In History: November 23-29

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This Week in History… November 24, 1932: The FBI Laboratory opens in Washington, D.C. Originally called the Criminology Laboratory, the FBI’s crime lab started with only one full time employee and performed 963 examinations in its first year of operation. By the 1990s, it was…

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