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Celebrate March 1st… March 1, 2012

Posted by Emma in Non-Fiction.
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On March 1, 1803, Ohio became the 17th state in the union and the first state to be carved out of the Northwest Territory.  According to World Book Encyclopedia, Ohio took its name from the Iroquois Indian word meaning “something great”.

March 1, 1872, marked the establishment of Yellowstone National Park, the first national park established in the world. The National Park Service website ( http://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm) boasts that a new concept was born and with it a new way for people to preserve and protect the best of what they had for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.

On March 1, 1961, the Peace Corps was officially established. Its roots date back to October 14, 1960. On the campaign trail John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country by living and working in developing countries. Within weeks of his inauguration, President Kennedy signed Executive Order 10924,  establishing the Peace Corps on a temporary pilot basis. It’s still going strong today with more than 200,000 Americans having served in 139 countries since 1961.

Happy Anniversary Everyone!

~Emma

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