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Today in 1822: Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States and Union general is born. This was Grant's U.S. Military Academy cadet coatee, worn circa 1839. Grant was a member of the class of 1843.

According to American National Biography, "Grant's four years at West Point were distinguished mainly by his horsemanship. He could tame the most obstreperous beast; he set a jumping record that stood for decades. Yet when he graduated in June 1843 (ranking 21st in a class of 39) the army in its wisdom assigned him to the Fourth Infantry."

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The great hero of the Civil War.
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Performers from around the country join us on the evenings of Thursday, May 7 - Saturday, May 8. Join us: http://bit.ly/historicmusic

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Don't know your Ellington from you Armstrong? Meet 9 titans of jazz (and then drop their names at the very next opportunity) through this vivid painting now on display: http://bit.ly/jazzy_101 

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When serious jazz fans namedrop their favorite musicians (and their copious nicknames), it can be a bit intimidating for those of us who are new to jazz appreciation. Don't worry, we're here to help put jazz history's names and faces together—and just in time for Jazz Appreciation Month.
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And the unique date night award goes to... 

21st-century bard Benjamin Bagby performs a solo recitation of the first part of his rarely-performed "Beowulf," accompanying himself on his 6-string harp. The dramatic interpretation of the great Anglo-Saxon epic poem will be presented in the style of scops, wandering medieval poets who sang the praises of great warriors at royal courts. 

The performance will take place in our new Hall of Music and grant a sneak peek at the not-quite-finished space. 

RSVP to Jane at woodallj@si.edu. 

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After her son was killed in action in World War I, an American mother received a note detailing his brave service—from the German soldier who'd ordered his death. http://bit.ly/WWIletter 

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+Samuel C.E. Lim great notes......thank u
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Today in 1775: The American Revolutionary War begins with the battles of Lexington and Concord.

This "Tidings from Lexington" painting decorated the engine panel of the volunteer Lexington Fire Engine Company No. 7 of New York, New York, linking the firefighters to the patriots of the Revolutionary War. More about the panel: http://bit.ly/1cz4o3G

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Tickets are going fast for our History AfterHours program focusing on sushi in America. Get your tickets here: http://bit.ly/1aBDM0o

The evening includes: 
• Sushi-making demo
• Expert panel featuring Chef Kaz Okochi
• Soy sauce sampling 
• Artifacts on special display 
• Sushi and Japanese-inspired food

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Today in 1874: Radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi is born. "Leyden" jars like these stored electrical charges used by early wireless radios onboard oceanliners. These come from the RMS Carpathia, famous for rescuing Titanic survivors. 
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Today in 1864: Congress authorizes the use of the phrase "In God We Trust" on U.S. coins. This 1865 coin features the phrase and Liberty wearing a coronet.

More on this coin: http://bit.ly/1i9UNAS 

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Unlocking 130-year-old sound from old recordings was the first step. Next: trying to understand the voices we heard and the slang they used: http://bit.ly/slang1880s 

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Today in 1836: The Territory of Wisconsin is established by Congress. These buttons feature Miller's "moon girl" promoting "the champagne of beers," headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They're made of a material called celluloid.

Considered the first semi-synthetic plastic, celluloid was invented to replace ivory in billiard balls, but it proved unsuitable for the purpose. This sent its inventor to look for other applications. Because celluloid could be made to imitate expensive or rare materials—such as ivory, tortoiseshell, and mother-of-pearl—it was soon employed in the manufacture of fancy goods affordable for the growing middle class.
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In 1967, a group of fourth graders adopted a platoon of soldiers serving in the Vietnam War. The cherished letters between these pen pals recently joined the museum's collection. 

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My main memory as a fourth grader in 1972-73 was playing "Little Willy" by The Sweet on the classroom's record player while waiting for the school bus to arrive. I also remember Wednesday nights in front of my grandparents' television, watching Walter Cronkite on the evening news talk about the latest developments in the Vietnam War. The war was far away, and, for a nine-year-old, that was enough to know.
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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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