Feb 122019
 

Oglethorpe Day is celebrated in Georgia. In 1733 General James Oglethorpe and one hundred other men set foot on what became Georgia. The colony was named after King George II. Eventually Oglethorpe became governor of Georgia.

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Feb 122019
 

NEARNEAR-Shoemaker in 2001 became the first spacecraft to land on a meteor. Launched in 1996, NEAR-Shoemaker landed on near-earth asteroid Eros and sent back data until February 28, 2001. The extreme cold on the asteroid probably prevented the return of more data. Older children can learn more at: http://science.nasa.gov/missions/near/.

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Feb 122019
 

Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill met in 2016 in Cuba. This meeting marked the first time in a thousand years that the Pope and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church had met. The Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox split in the Great Schism in 1054. The two leaders met for three hours.

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