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CURRENT EVENTS

LEGO Releases Official (and Young) Figure in Wheelchair
January 29, 2016
Lego has officially released a human figure in a wheelchair, and the person depicted is not old. The figure wears a hat and has a helper dog. Lego unveiled the figure at the Nuremberg and the London toy fairs. Many Lego users in recent years have adapted figures to include wheelchairs and other conditions of disability, but this is the first time that the Danish company itself has issued one that is not a stereotype of a disabled person.

Design Unveiled for World War I Memorial
January 29, 2016
A new World War I memorial in Washington, D.C., has an official design .The Weight of Sacrifice, designed by sculptor Sabin Howard and architect Joe Weishaar, will be open on or before Armistice Day (November 11) in 2018, according to the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission. The opening will be timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of what many people hoped was “the war to end all wars.”

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Iowa: Cruz a Clear Winner, Clinton Squeaks By
February 1, 2016
Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Hillary Clinton have won the most votes in the Iowa Caucuses. The race for the delegates has just begun. Caucuses took place in all 99 of Iowa’s counties. Many observers had predicted a high turnout, and that is what many caucus sites reported, even as a fierce snowstorm descended on the state.

Serious Time Begins in Presidential Election
January 29, 2016
The 2016 American presidential election season is well under way. Several candidates from both major parties have been campaigning around the country and taking part in nationally televised debates. The votes start getting counted on Monday, February 1, with the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses. America’s first primary, in New Hampshire, occurs on Tuesday, February 9.

Track the progress of the candidates in the primary-caucus list.

Also, find out more about the candidates running for the highest office in the land.

 

HOLIDAYS

Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day, February 2, is a day to have fun and see whether more or less winter is on the way, courtesy of a furry weather predicter who lives in a hole.

Who is Punxsutawney Phil?
Find out more about the holiday's famous weather predictor, Punxsutawney Phil.

Waitangi Day
Waitangi Day, February 6, is a national holiday in New Zealand. It commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi and the official forming of the modern country.

 

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY

Mexican-American War Ends
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo officially the Mexican-American War, on February 2, 1848. Before then, however, were more than a decade of conflicts, including a massacre at the Alamo. After a few years of hard fighting, however, the American forces won surrender from the Mexican forces and the treaty was signed. As a result, the United States gained a large amount of land known popularly as the Mexican Cession.

George Washington Elected
On February 4, 1789, George Washington was elected the first President of the United States. He was the choice of all 69 electors, making him still the only president to be a unanimous choice. Find out more about the "Father of the Country."

 

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