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Washington Becomes First Elected US President

Washington, who served as commander-in-chief of the Continental army in the American Revolution, was elected the first President of the US after the adoption of the Constitution. His two-term administration was marked by the establishment of a number of key American institutions that continue to operate today. Because of his central role in the founding of the US, Washington is often called the "Father of his Country." Can you think of 10 places or institutions that are named for him?



Laura Ingalls Wilder

Ingalls Wilder was the American author of the classic Little House series, a collection of children's books based on her childhood. She and her pioneer family traveled throughout the Midwest by covered wagon, settling in the Dakota Territory in 1880. She became a schoolteacher at 15, married Almanzo Wilder, moved to a farm in the Missouri Ozarks, and began writing in her forties. Her lively accounts of pioneer life became very popular and have been translated into how many languages?

Born on a day like today


Joachim von Ribbentrop

Joachim von Ribbentrop was the foreign minister of Nazi Germany from 1938-1945 who helped negotiate the German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact of 1939. Ribbentrop was found to have had culpability in the Holocaust on the grounds that he persuaded the leaders of satellite countries of the Third Reich to deport Jews to Nazi extermination camps. He was convicted of war crimes at Nuremberg and hanged in 1946. What were his last words?

Last updated on Monday, 30th April 2007

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