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Category: Heritage Months, Holidays, and Today in History

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Americans with Disabilities Act 20th Anniversary

Posted by: Donna Scanlon

Our guest author today is Ellen Terrell, Business Reference Specialist. According to the U.S. Census in their report Americans with Disabilities: 2005, there are roughly 54 million Americans with a disability. 11 million people age 6 and older need personal assistance with everyday activities and 46% of the people ages 21 to 64 having some …

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Disneyland

Posted by: Donna Scanlon

Disneyland opened in Anaheim, CA on this date in 1955.  Having worked for The Walt Disney Company at various points in my career, I have a special fondness for all things Disney. A recent vacation took me to Germany where I was able to visit Neuschwanstein, a castle that was “a tremendous inspiration to Walt …

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“Resolved, That the money unit of the United States of America be one dollar.”

Posted by: Donna Scanlon

On today’s date in 1785 the Continental Congress set the dollar as the official currency of the new United States. Also on this date it was Resolved “That the several pieces shall increase in a decimal ratio.” As a side note Thomas Jefferson wrote on this very topic in “Notes on the establisment[!] of a …

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Is there a pyrotechnic display in your future?

Posted by: Donna Scanlon

234 years ago the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence announcing the colonies’ separation from Great Britain.  It has been estimated that there were approximately 2.5 million people in this new nation at that time. [1] Today a celebration of our independence takes place every year on the anniversary of the signing of …

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Child Labor

Posted by: Donna Scanlon

Child labor in one form or another has existed in America from our beginning. As the country was mostly agricultural, much of the work involved a family’s farm, or in the case of slaves, on plantations. With the advent of industrialization that began to change. In the early part of the 20th century when the …

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McDonald’s Bar-B-Que?

Posted by: Donna Scanlon

The 2010 calendar in my office is from The Economist.  It is quite colorful and full of little tidbits of information and has, on more than one occasion, provided me with ideas for this blog. The entry on the calendar for today is “1st McDonald’s Opens, San Bernardino, California, 1940.”  Those of you who may …

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1876 Centennial Exhibition, Philadelphia

Posted by: Donna Scanlon

Our guest author today is Gulnar Nagashybayeva, Business Reference Specialist, with another “Favorite from the Fifth Floor.” May 10, 1876 was the opening date of the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia where industrial exhibits of 37 nations were displayed in over 250 pavilions for six months until its formal closure on November 10, 1876. It was …