Nepal celebrates Republic Day. It declared itself a republic in 2008. Located in the Himalayas between China and India, the country is about the size of Arkansas. Eight of the ten highest mountains, including Mount Everest, are within the country’s boundaries. Almost 31 million people live in Nepal, and Kathmandu is the capital.
Rhode Island became the thirteenth state in the United States by ratifying the Constitution in 1790. Its name relates back to the island of Rhodes. It was the last of the original thirteen colonies to join the Union. The smallest of all the states, it manufactures jewelry, silver and textiles. Providence is the state capital, and the state nicknames are the Ocean State and Little Rhody. Children could visit an Internet site at: Rhode Island.
Wisconsin became the thirtieth state of the United States in 1848. Its nicknames include the Badger State and the Dairy State. Madison is the state capital. Its name seems to date back to an Ojibwa word, “wishkonsing,” meaning “place of the bearer.” Children could visit an Internet site at: Wisconsin. They could sample some Wisconsin cheese.
Constantinople fell in 1453. The Ottomans conquered the city after a siege, and the Byzantine Empire came to an end.
Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest. They arrived at the top in 1953 at 11:30 AM. Approximately 4,000 people have made the ascent since then.
National World War II Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC, in 2004. Located between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, the National World War II Memorial pays tribute to the 16 million American service men and women. Over 400,000 of those died. Work on the project began in 1993. Children can learn more at: http://www.nps.gov/nwwm/index.htm.