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2016 Summer Olympic Games

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Denmark Olympics 2016 Bids Tokyo

President of the Tokyo 2016 bid and Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara speaks at press conference in Copenhagen, Monday Sept. 28, 2009. Tokyo is competing with Chicago, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro for the right to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The IOC will choose the winning city in a vote on Friday Oct. 2 in Copenhagen.

Relentless Rains Hit Southeast

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

ATLANTA – Rescuers glided through several city neighborhoods in fishing boats and canoes Tuesday, searching waterlogged houses for trapped residents and abandoned belongings, after heavy rains flooded Georgia and other parts of the Southeast. The deluge left at least nine people dead, dozens stranded and thousands without electricity.

[source:The New York Times, The Associated Press]

OBAMA Shows Up Early at UN Plans to Reverse Climate Change

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

U.S. President Barack Obama says inaction on climate change could leave future generations with an “irreversible catastrophe.”

Mr. Obama called on global leaders Tuesday to move “boldly, swiftly, and together” to combat the problem.

Mr. Obama addressed world leaders gathered in New York City for a climate change summit called by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Mr. Ban opened the meeting by saying it would be “morally inexcusable” not to act.

In his address, President Obama said the security and stability of each nation and all peoples are in jeopardy and that time is running out to reverse the effects of climate change. But Mr. Obama said the current trend is reversible.

More than 90 heads of state are attending the meeting. Officials hope to make progress toward a global climate treaty that governments plan to finalize during a December meeting in Denmark.

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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Mayflower Day

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

When : September 16th

Mayflower Day celebrates the date the Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, England to America. On September 16, 1620, 102 men, women, and children set sail from Plymouth, England. Their destination was the New World, where they could have religious freedom, and continue using their native language, culture, and customs.

Every Mayflower Day, we commemorate these brave, early settlers. They were the very first immigrants, and helped to pave the way for millions more to follow, in search of freedom and the dreams and promises of a New World.

For more information, see Mayflower History

Have a very happy Mayflower Day.

Key Facts About the Mayflower:

* The Mayflower set sail from Plymouth England on September 16, 1620.
* The Pilgrims were headed to the settlement in Virginia. They had an agreement to settle there.
* The voyage took 66 days. They landed at Plymouth Rock on December 21, 1621.
* 102 passengers were on board. This included three pregnant women. One of these women gave birth just before landing.
* On November 21, 1620, the passengers signed the Mayflower Compact, which set forth the rules of governance of the fledgling colony.

‘106 year-old Ann Nixon Cooper, In Her Own Words about Obama Victory’

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

106 year old Ann Nixon Cooper who was alive when the Wright Brothers Flew their First Plane, shared her proud feelings of Obama’s victory last November.
Cooper, in a wheelchair and helped by two caretakers, bypassed the long lines of early voters and headed right to the voting machine. Her 106-year-old hands reached out to the 21st-century touch screen to cast her vote for Obama.

Gertrude Baines, world’s oldest person, dies at 115

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Gertrude Baines passed away at the Western Convalescent Hospital at 7:25 a.m. (10:25 a.m. ET) Friday, Guinness World Records said.
Born in 1894, Baines became the world’s oldest person in January after the death of another 115-year-old, Maria de Jesus, from Portugal, Guinness World Records said.

At her 115th birthday party in April, Baines shook her head in disbelief when presented with the certificate saying she was now in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest person.


CNN Mistakes Drill for Attack

Friday, September 11th, 2009

President Obama’s had just left 9/11 ceremonies at the Pentagon when a nearby Coast Guard routine drill was mistaken for an anniversary terrorist attack in a CNN on air report.

Obamas Observe 9/11 Moment of Silence

Friday, September 11th, 2009

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama observed a moment of silence in honor of 9/11 victims outside the White House as a single bugler played taps.

New York remembers 9/11 victims

Friday, September 11th, 2009

As commemorations take place on the eighth anniversary of the 2001 9/11 terrorist attack, New York is mourning almost 3,000 lives lost but also the lack of progress in rebuilding the site.