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Beatrix Potter, born July 28th

Popular children’s author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter, was born in London on July 28, 1866. Potter’s first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, was published in 1902. Peter’s adventures were followed by a series of popular animal tales, including the Tale of Benjamin Bunny, the Tale of Pigling Bland, and the Tale of Tom Kitten. Potter illustrated all of her own works, though she had no formal artistic training. In addition to her literary career, Beatrix Potter was also a farmer and land conservationist. Potter died on December 22, 1943.

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Celebrate July 4th

The Fourth of July is celebrated as Independence Day, in honor of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. It is considered to be the birthday of the United States of America, and is celebrated with parades, fireworks, speeches, patriotic music and the American flag. Find ideas for celebrating Independence Day on our page of links.

Ramadan begins June 18th

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar, the time of year when it is believed that the Holy Quran was received by the Prophet Muhammad. The month is marked by fasting during the daylight hours, and prayer and studying of the Quran. When the fast ends on the first day of the month of Shawwal, it is celebrated for three days in a joyous holiday called Id-al-Fitr, the Feast of Fast Breaking.  Find out more about this important observance on our page of links.

Bunker Hill Day is June 17th

The Battle of Bunker Hill was fought on June 17, 1775 in Charlestown, Mass. The Continental Army lost the battle, but inflicted heavy casualties upon their British foes. Despite its name, the battle actually was fought primarily on neighboring Breed’s Hill, where the Bunker Hill Monument, built in 1843, now stands.

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Mother’s Day is Around the Corner

Mother’s Day was conceived in 1908 by Anna Jarvis of West Virginia. Ms. Jarvis believed that a special day should be set aside to honor mothers for sacrifices made on behalf of their children. She dedicated herself to this cause and was rewarded when Mother’s Day became an official holiday in 1914. The occasion quickly became commercialized, generating huge profits for greeting card companies and florists. This development so offended Anna Jarvis that she eventually renounced the holiday that she had created.

In the United States, Mother’s Day is always celebrated on the second Sunday in May. This year, Mother’s Day falls on May 10th.

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Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo means “Fifth of May” in Spanish, and is a celebration of the Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla, May 5, 1862. The Mexican army, led by General Ignacio Zaragoza, won the battle even though the French force was three times as large and better equipped. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in Mexico, and has become a popular heritage celebration in the United States.

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