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What is Memorial Day?

The Memorial Day holiday began as a day to honor soldiers who died in the Civil War. In May 1865, the people of Waterloo, New York, gathered to decorate Civil…

Why do we carve pumkins on Halloween?

The jack-o’-lantern story comes from an Irish myth about a fellow named “Stingy Jack.” One night in a pub, Jack tricked the devil into buying his drinks and also made…

Why does Santa wear red?

There was once a bishop named Nicholas who lived in Turkey. Not much is known about him, but he was said to be very kind to children in need. After…

How does a holiday become a holiday?

According to the dictionary, the word “holiday” comes from “holy day.” Some holidays we celebrate in the U.S. come from holy days that were set by the Christian church long…

What happened on the Fourth of July?

Lots of people assume that the the Declaration of Independence was signed on the Fourth of July, but that’s not true. Here’s what happened in 1776: June 28 – The…

What are some New Year's traditions?

Every culture has its own way to celebrate New Year’s Day. In the U.S., many people throw parties, and crowds gather in New York’s Times Square and at Chicago’s State…

When was the first New Year celebrated?

The celebration of the new year is actually the oldest of all holidays, but it hasn’t always been observed on January 1. Babylonians first celebrated the beginning of the new…

Why do people put up Christmas trees at Christmas?

Since before Christmas existed, people used plants that stay green all year to decorate their homes in the winter. Hanging evergreen boughs over a door was a reminder of springtime…

Why do people color Easter eggs?

Eggs are a very old symbol of new life and springtime, and eggs have been connected to Easter for many centuries. People starting giving eggs as gifts for Easter because…

Why do Americans celebrate Thanksgiving?

On March 16, 1621, an Abnaki Indian named Samoset entered the Plymouth settlement. He welcomed the Pilgrims in English, and the next day returned with another Native American named Squanto,…

Why is Thanksgiving celebrated when it is?

The original harvest celebration of the Pilgrims happened in the autumn of 1621 to celebrate the colony’s first successful year. President George Washington proclaimed the first national day of thanksgiving…

How was Valentine's Day invented?

It’s hard to say exactly how or when Valentine’s Day first started. Some say it began as an ancient Roman festival called Lupercalia, which took place in February and included…

How did Halloween start?

Halloween started several thousand years ago with the Ancient Celts (a group of pre-Christian mystics who worshipped nature). They considered October 31st the end of the year and they threw…

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July 22, 2017

1844 - The Rev. William Spooner
1888 - Selman Waksman
1926 - Bryan Forbes
1928 - Jimmy Hill
1929 - Vivienne Merchant
1939 - Terence Stamp
1947 - Don Henley
1955 - Willem Dafoe
1964 - Bonnie Langford
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