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"Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" Today in 1801: David G. Farragut is born in Tennessee. This is the jacket he wore as Rear Admiral while directing the fire of the flagship Hartford during the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864. It was during this battle that he uttered his famous quote. 

Although he was raised in the south, Farragut chose to side with the Union. The Battle of Mobile Bay was the culmination of his long naval career which began as an 11-year-old midshipman during the War of 1812. In 1866 Farragut became the first person in the history of the United States Navy to be awarded the rank of admiral.

This portrait of Farragut is in the collection of National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution​. It was taken by Matthew Brady around 1864. (NPG.79.246.62.) 

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Happy 4th of July! In 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence on this portable desk of his own design. It features a hinged writing board and a locking drawer for papers, pens, and inkwell.

By the summer of 1776 members of the Second Continental Congress prepared to declare their independence from Great Britain. They assigned the task of drafting the declaration to Thomas Jefferson, a delegate from Virginia. Jefferson would later write that rather than aiming for originality, "it was intended to be an expression of the American mind."

On July 4, 1776 the Continental Congress amended and adopted the declaration. 

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This month, the Americans with Disabilities act turns 25. Its story:

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Activist Justin Dart, Jr. called it a "commandment." Some people think of it as a tangle of regulations, standards, and guidelines. Above all, it is a powerful and official statement on human rights and dignity. In July, this landmark piece of legislation turns 25: the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
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Another fascists organization dictating to others how to live! Funny how we didn't need this until the 60's?
Handicapped mandatory parking and bathrooms have killed thousands of small business in America and LETS not forget all the crappy lawyers who run around suing IF YOU don't comply to state run mandates it's all bullshit!
ADA= We can't do it so YOU need to help us even if it cost YOU everything.

This is America YOU should be FREE to fail without the support of the tax paying public.
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From the Washington Post: "We’ll need to wait for July just a shade longer, as the world's timekeepers have added a leap second June 30 – to officially keep Earth and our precise, atomic clocks in sync."

How will you spend your leap second today? Perhaps checking out our timepieces Pinterest board? We promise it will be time well spent! 

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"Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition!" Today in 1910: Composer Frank Loesser is born. The story of this World War II song: 

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war .. what's it done for the innocent ? (lotta waste for sure) 
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Today in 1866: Cyrus W. Field succeeds in laying the first underwater telegraph cable between North America and Europe. Appreciate for the feat overflows in this interesting wedding anniversary present to Field: 
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What's on your  playlist? Let's turn the dial back to 1928 and hear what was on the radio for Independence Day. 
Independence Day is often celebrated with picnics, parades, fireworks, and music. While I can't help with the first three, music is something I can share. Within the museum's Electricity Collections are NBC radio guides dating from 1928 to 1930. NBC distributed these guides to their networks of stations, informing them when certain programs would be broadcast during a particular week. At that time, NBC operated two separate systems they referred ...
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Getting your July 4 grilling recipes ready? Here's a little history of one of America's favorite foodie traditions: Now please pass the ketchup.

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Big day! We're proud to open a whole new floor of innovation-themed exhibitions. One of the first things you'll see is Ralph Baer's video game invention lab. Baer thought TV sets should be interactive and created the first video game console for home use. It went on sale in 1972. Love your PlayStation, Xbox, or Wii? It all started here in this lab.

Follow us on Twitter or Instagram (@amhistorymuseum) for more photos about the new exhibitions and programs opening today.

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Wednesday is the grand opening of our Innovation Wing on our first floor. We can't wait to share new exhibitions, learning spaces, and programs with you. Whether you're planning a family trip to Washington this summer or in a few years, this new wing will be a lot of fun to explore. 

Here's Wednesday's schedule:

• 10:15- 10:30 a.m. Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra Quintet performance

• 10:30 a.m. Ribbon Cutting

• 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Build a large U.S. Flag sculpture with Lego Master Builders           

• 11 a.m. - Noon D.J. Will Eastman

• 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. "How Do You Fix a Broken Heart?" demonstration

• 1:30 - 2 p.m. D.J. Will Eastman

• 2 - 4 p.m. "The Business of Chocolate: From Bean to Drink" demonstration

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Today in 1902: Musical composer Richard Rodgers is born.
This sheet music for the song "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top" was composed by Rodgers and written by Oscar Hammerstein. This sheet music was published by the Mario Music Corp. of New York, New York in 1963. The cover is pink with an illustration of a farm on a prairie inside a white cloud. The cover notes that the song is from “Oklahoma!” a musical based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs.

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Today in 1880: Helen Keller is born. Her unusual watch was originally made to tell time in the dark by feeling the pins around the edge. It was a real favorite of hers. Once, in 1952, Keller accidentally left the watch behind in a New York City taxi. She feared it was lost forever. With ads in newspaper lost-and-found columns and the help of the head of the city's pawnbrokers, she recovered her prized possession from a hock shop.

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I understand the concept of feeling the pins but how can you feel the hands?
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On Flag Day, Saturday, June 14, 2014, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History invites Americans around the globe to join in a worldwide commemoration of the flag and the anthem. Raise it Up! Anthem for America will be a call to millions of Americans to participate in singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" simultaneously, led by a special guest on the National Mall, steps from the original flag that flew over Fort McHenry in 1814.

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