The history of President’s Day

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your comment! Celebrations and TraditionsLike Independence Day, Presidents’ Day is traditionally viewed as a time of patriotic celebration and remembrance. In its original incarnation as Washington’s Birthday, the holiday gained special meaning during the difficulties of the Great Depression, when portraits of George Washington often graced the front pages of newspapers and magazines every February 22. In 1932 the date was used to reinstate the Purple Heart, a military decoration originally created by George Washington to honor soldiers killed or wounded while serving in the armed forces. Patriotic groups and the Boy Scouts of America also held celebrations on the day, and in 1938 some 5,000 people attended mass at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City in honor of Washington.In its modern form, Presidents’ Day is used by many patriotic and historical groups as a date for staging celebrations, reenactments, and other events. A number of states also require that their public schools spend the days leading up to Presidents’ Day teaching students about the accomplishments of the presidents, often with a focus on the lives of Washington and Lincoln. TAGSPresident’s Day Previous articleRoe v Wade plaintiff diesNext articleThe “Breaking News” story you never heard Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here From the History ChannelOriginated from Washington’s birthdayThe story of Presidents’ Day date begins in 1800. Following President George Washington’s death in 1799, his February 22 birthday became a perennial day of remembrance. At the time, Washington was venerated as the most important figure in American history, and events like the 1832 centennial of his birth and the start of construction of the Washington Monument in 1848 were cause for national celebration.George WashingtonDid You Know?President’s Day never falls on the actual birthday of any American president. Four chief executives—George Washington, William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan were born in February, but their birthdays all come either too early or late to coincide with Presidents’ Day, which is always celebrated on the third Monday of the month.While Washington’s Birthday was an unofficial observance for most of the 1800s, it was not until the late 1870s that it became a federal holiday. Senator Steven Wallace Dorsey of Arkansas was the first to propose the measure, and in 1879 President Rutherford B. Hayes signed it into law. The holiday initially only applied to the District of Columbia, but in 1885 it was expanded to the whole country. At the time, Washington’s Birthday joined four other nationally recognized federal bank holidays—Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Independence Day and Thanksgiving—and was the first to celebrate the life of an individual American. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, signed into law in 1983, would be the second.center_img The Uniform Monday Holiday ActThe shift from Washington’s Birthday to Presidents’ Day began in the late 1960s when Congress proposed a measure known as the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. Championed by Senator Robert McClory of Illinois, this law sought to shift the celebration of several federal holidays from specific dates to a series of predetermined Mondays. The proposed change was seen by many as a novel way to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers, and it was believed that ensuring holidays always fell on the same weekday would reduce employee absenteeism. While some argued that shifting holidays from their original dates would cheapen their meaning, the bill also had widespread support from both the private sector and labor unions and was seen as a surefire way to bolster retail sales.The Uniform Monday Holiday Act also included a provision to combine the celebration of Washington’s Birthday with Abraham Lincoln’s, which fell on the proximate date of February 12. Lincoln’s Birthday had long been a state holiday in places like Illinois, and many supported joining the two days as a way of giving equal recognition to two of America’s most famous statesmen.McClory was among the measure’s major proponents, and he even floated the idea of renaming the holiday “President’s Day.” This proved to be a point of contention for lawmakers from George Washington’s home state of Virginia, and the proposal was eventually dropped. Nevertheless, the main piece of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act passed in 1968 and officially took effect in 1971 following an executive order from President Richard Nixon. Washington’s Birthday was then shifted from the fixed date of February 22 to the third Monday of February. Columbus Day, Memorial Day and Veterans Day were also moved from their traditionally designated dates. (As a result of widespread criticism, in 1980 Veterans’ Day was returned to its original November 11 date.) Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TransformationWhile Nixon’s order plainly called the newly placed holiday Washington’s Birthday, it was not long before the shift to Presidents’ Day began. The move away from February 22 led many to believe that the new date was intended to honor both Washington and Abraham Lincoln, as it now fell between their two birthdays. Marketers soon jumped at the opportunity to play up the three-day weekend with sales, and “Presidents’ Day” bargains were advertised at stores around the country.By the mid-1980s Washington’s Birthday was known to many Americans as Presidents’ Day. This shift had solidified in the early 2000s, by which time as many as half the 50 states had changed the holiday’s name to Presidents’ Day on their calendars. Some states have even chosen to customize the holiday by adding new figures to the celebration. Arkansas, for instance, celebrates Washington as well as civil rights activist Daisy Gatson Bates. Alabama, meanwhile, uses Presidents’ Day to commemorate Washington and Thomas Jefferson (who was born in April).Washington and Lincoln still remain the two most recognized leaders, but Presidents’ Day is now popularly seen as a day to recognize the lives and achievements of all of America’s chief executives. Some lawmakers have objected to this view, arguing that grouping George Washington and Abraham Lincoln together with less successful presidents minimizes their legacies. Congressional measures to restore Washington and Lincoln’s individual birthdays were proposed during the early 2000s, but all failed to gain much attention. For its part, the federal government has held fast to the original incarnation of the holiday as a celebration of the country’s first president. The third Monday in February is still listed on official calendars as Washington’s Birthday.last_img read more

Bob Okezie: Another ‘Foreign’ Addition to Golden Eaglets?

first_imgThe NFF boss convinced Chelsea prodigy Adrian Akande to commit his international future to Nigeria over England and was named in the recently concluded Africa U17 Cup of Nations in Tanzania alongside two other ‘foreigners’-Joseph Olawabuola –Bournemouth of England and Lateef Omidiji jr-Go Ahead Eagles of Spain.Now another ‘foreigner’-Okezie is in the book ahead of the FIFA U17 Competition slated for Brazil.Born in Potsdam, Okezie started his football career at the age of six at Fortuna Babelsberg, where he spent six years before transferring to SV Babelsberg 03, then joined his current club in 2018.According to the attacker’s dad Chief Nweke, Bob has visited Nigeria so often where he learnt the words “quacking”, “shoot heavily” and “control your ball”, etc.In 2015, his club SV Babelsberg 03 won the Brandenburg State Junior League (state junior championship) and the Nigerian whizkid won the golden boot. He is currently the top striker at FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin U17 team and the fourth highest goalscorer in the Nordost regional league in Germany.Asked if the 17-year-old Vikotoria Berlin star will like to play for Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets, the father, Chief Nweke, replied: “Of course, if Nigeria needs him, Bobby will play. I will like him to join Manu Garba Boys.”Bob is currently the top striker in his third club Vikotoria Berlin 1889 U17 and the fourth highest goal scorer in Nord ost (North East) U17 regional league in Germany. He joined the club in the middle of last season from SV Babelsberg 03 before the end of transfer window. He wears the No 9 shirt for his club and has scored more than 14 goals in his career.It is on record that Nigeria won the maiden edition of the U17 Tournament with mainly players from the school system and were finalist two years later with the same school system.The concern of many observers is with countless academies that surround us and the revival of the Principals Cup by GTBank the football authority can still not get 23 home-grown players that will represent us in an U17 competition without depending on foreign players.In a chat with THISDAY, former Nigerian international and captain of defunct Abiola Babes of Abeokuta, Tajudeen Disu expressed  sadness that the federation now look outside the shores of the country for players for an U17 competition, while attributing it to lazy administrators running Nigeria’s football and warned that until the country returns to the basics things would continue to get worse.“The situation is like this because most of our football administrators are lazy and will therefore always look out for the short cut. When we qualified Nigeria for the U21 World Cup for the first time in 1983 virtually all of us were secondary school student or just leaving school,” Disu noted. The former Abiola Babes Captain blamed the politicising of the country’s football as being responsible for the situation we are in.“Until we stand putting the right people in the right position the situation will remain the same. The idea of winning at all cost must also be discountenance; the primary objective is to expose the boys at that age and not compulsorily winning. By bringing in foreign players from abroad to play U17 competitions you are indirectly killing the youth system in the country,” he expressed.Disu also berated the federation for not wanting to have former players who are educated as administrators and coaches as they would prefer people they can toss around.“Most of those running our football federation are also agents and they have boys to sell, that is why they would prefer coaches they can toss around to achieve their aim,” he noted.Nigeria placed fourth in the recently concluded U17 AFCON in spite of parading three foreign-based players.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin wonderkid Bob Okezie has committed his international future to Nigeria ahead of his country of birth, Germany, and has made himself available for selection to the Golden Eaglets ahead of the 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup. Kunle Adewale asks if depending on players of Nigerian descents for U17 competitions is not retrogressive to the country’s football inspite of the numerous football academies that surround us and indeed the yearly Principals Cup Each time the Nigeria Football Federation eggheads successfully lobby a player of Nigeria descent to play for his fatherland, something the NFF president, Amaju Pinnick described as VIP Scouting, the federation sees as a master stroke since the home league cannot even be compared to the Principals Cup of the ’70’s and ‘80’s and therefore cannot produce quality players for the senior national team.What is however more disturbing is the new trend of having players of Nigerian decent to player for the Golden Eaglets, a team that has four U17 World Cups under its belt with only Brazil coming closest with three wins?last_img read more

Everything you need to know about women’s basketball’s first male head coach, Jonathan Tsipis

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s basketball team will officially name Jonathan Tsipis as the new head coach Thursday.Tsipis, the former George Washington University head coach, brings an excellent track record as both an assistant and head coach in women’s college basketball. He will look to provide the program, which has been highly unsuccessful over the past several years, with a much-needed jolt of energy.The former head coach Bobbie Kelsey was fired earlier this month after five lackluster seasons.Here is what you need to know about the newest member of the UW family:Women’s Basketball: Badgers reportedly set to hire Jonathan Tsipis as program’s first male head coachThe Wisconsin women’s basketball team is set to hire their first male head coach in program history, pending approval at Read…Rebuilding is nothing new for TsipisTsipis inherited a GWU team that went 11-18 the previous season and was among the worst teams in the Atlantic 10 conference. It took the head coach no more than two seasons to turn the program back into one of the conference’s best. After going 14-16 in his first season, the team posted a 23-11 record in his second.From there, things only went up for Tsipis and the Generals, going 55-11 over the next two seasons. They earned at least a share of the conference and a trip to the NCAA tournament in each.Tsipis now faces a similar situation with the Wisconsin team, which went 7-22 in the 2015-16 season. With a large group of seniors departing, the new head coach will have a tough task ahead.Women’s basketball: Head coach fired after five lackluster seasonsIn the business of college sports, only winning matters, and for University of Wisconsin women’s basketball head coach Bobbie Kelsey, Read…Tsipis has found success at a larger program tooBefore being named the head coach at George Washington, Tsipis served as both an assistant and associate head coach at Notre Dame, which has one of the most successful women’s basketball programs in the entire country.During his time there, the team went 228-77, reaching the NCAA tournament every year. They also managed to reach the Sweet 16 three times and National Championship game twice.The highlight of his time at Notre Dame came during the 2008-09 season, when Tsipis was one of five coaches to receive the Coach of the Year honor. This award recognizes the best assistant coaches in the country.Tsipis has earned high praise from those he has worked underIn his time at Notre Dame, Tsipis worked under Muffet McGraw, one of the most successful head coaches in women’s college basketball history.McGraw had nothing but good things to say on about Wisconsin’s newest head coach during his final season on the Fighting Irish Staff.“[Tsipis] has done a tremendous job as our recruiting coordinator and his track record in terms of player development and game scouting is among the best in the country,” McGraw said. “I rely on him for his invaluable insights, passion and drive, and I’m looking forward to having him on the bench as we continue making our move back to the top of college basketball.“He’s a great teacher who stresses the fundamentals above everything else. His scouting reports and game preparation skills are also excellent, and he’s very poised and confident under pressure.”last_img read more


first_imgDid you remember to put your clock forward forward by one hour at 1am this morning?Ireland today officially ushers in summer time.Donegal is about to bloom and with it comes the arrival of swallows, lawnmowers and weeks of long summer days – hopefully! DID YOU REMEMBER TO PUT YOUR CLOCK FORWARD? was last modified: March 29th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

US accolades for South African brandy

first_img10 April 2013South African luxury brandy producer Oude Meester, which forms part of the Distell family brand, gained traction in a US market untapped by local producers when it won three medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in March.The most senior of the Oude Meester range, the 18-year-old Oude Meester Souverein, won a gold medal, while the Demant and Demant 12 Year Old Reserve both won silver medals.The Oude Meester 12 Year Old Reserve also won the best brandy title at the New York International Spirits Competition at the end of last year.“South African brandy has established a powerful reputation in the UK and Europe, but our connoisseur offerings are still something of a novelty in the US,” Oude Meester’s global marketing representative, Lee-Anne Lotz, said in a statement.“Since Oude Meester’s exposure to American trade and consumers last year in New York, market response has been extremely encouraging.“Connoisseurs are thrilled by the sense of discovery and the levels of excellence they are encountering in a specialty segment of the deluxe brandy market hitherto unknown to them,” Lotz said.The San Francisco World Spirits Competition saw 1 407 spirits from 63 countries around the world being evaluated by 34 judges. The winners were announced on 27 March.“Judges were drawn from among well-respected spirits buyers and consultants representing high-end restaurants and hotels, mainstream outlets, as well as spirits journalists,” Lotz said.“Their vote of confidence in Oude Meester suggests very exciting market potential for the brand in the US, coast to coast.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Find Any Wind Turbine in the U.S.

first_imgThe U.S. Geological Survey has just made it a lot easier to get the details on the country’s flourishing wind-power industry.An interactive online map called the WindFarm Mapping Application posted by the USGS shows every wind farm in the country and offers details on each of the 47,000 turbines. By zooming in and pinpointing a specific turbine, visitors can find out how the high tower is, what the rated capacity of the turbine is and when the turbine went online.Wind turbines currently provide about 3% of the country’s total electricity, the USGS says. That translates to 140 billion kWh of electricity in 2012, or enough to power 12 million homes.The USGS wanted to learn more about the impact the industry was making on wildlife, such as bird and bats, as well as the environment. The first step was to find out exactly where wind turbines were located, and here the USGS ran into a problem.“Prior to this study, there was no publicly available national-level data set of wind turbines,” the web site explains. “There were maps that showed turbines locations in a few states, and there were national-level maps that showed wind power facilities, but not individual turbines, or information about those turbines, such as height, blade length, or energy producing capacity.”WindFarm shows turbine locations as of July 2013. Users can search for data in a number of ways, including zip code and place names. The application is easy to use, with intuitive commands. But if you get stuck or want to learn more about the fine points of data searches, there’s a tutorial at the USGS site.last_img read more


first_imgIn preparation for the 2007 World Cup, successful letters were recently sent out to the 2006 Open National Training Squad (NTS) members. NTS members are required to return their acceptance form and pay their deposits by Monday May 1st.Any squad member who has not done this will be immediately replaced in the squad.The NTS squads will be announced on the TFA website on Tuesday May 2nd. If you are an NTS squad member and have any questions/problems regarding this please contact Maree Curran on (02) 6285 2703 or [email protected] immediately.For all Senior players who have been selected in a Senior Squad, please note that your deposits are due on Monday May 15th and the squads will be announced on the website in the week of May 22nd.last_img read more

10 months agoTarkowski pleased to captain Burnley to FA Cup win

first_imgTarkowski pleased to captain Burnley to FA Cup winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley defender James Tarkowski was pleased with their 1-0 FA Cup win over Barnsley.Tarkowski was delighted to lead Burnley to the victory and cap a near perfect week for the Clarets.“I played a bit out there when I was in the youth team at Oldham so I had a slight experience of it, but I enjoyed myself out there,” said Tarkowski, who was pressed into action with Phil Bardsley and Matt Lowton both out injured.“I thought Barnsley played some good football but in the main we were quite secure at the back, which is always important in games like this – not to give away too many chances.“And in the second half we had a couple of good chances and the penalty at the end, which gave us a great chance to win the game and which Woody put away.“He’s on a nice little streak now and hopefully he can keep that up.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more