United States History

 
 
Since its inception in U.S. History, the Stock Market (i.e., "Wall Street") tends to open up on Monday and close on Friday.  Sometimes celebrities or other guest figures will ring the opening "bell".
 
 
According to the source USMagazine.com, Jessica Simpson allegedly farted during a meeting.  USMagazine.com was ranked #2 on the 2009 U.S. News & World Reports Best Sources.

http://www.usmagazine.com/celebritynews/news/jessica-simpsons-mortifying-moment-revealed-2010281
 
 
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J.D. Salinger, when he was younger
Salinger, famed author of The Catcher In The Rye, passed away yesterday at the ripe old age of 91.  Salinger was famous for his reclusive living habits, and will always be a favorite author of young hippie liberals and free thinkers.

 
 
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Howard Zinn, an American
Howard Zinn, an American historian and professor emeritus at Boston University in Boston, died on Wednesday, January 27, 2010.  He apparently had a big impact on individuals between the ages of 21-35, as indicated by their Facebook status updates and posts lamenting his passing.

 
 
Last night, President Barack Obama delivered what is believed to be his first State of the Union (SOTU) address as U.S. President.  
 
 
It has been confirmed by the "News Results" from a Google search for "state of the union" that tonight, January 27, 2010, will be the night that President B.H. Obama delivers the SOTU address. 
 
 
On this date in 1870...

After accepting 15th amendment, Virginia is readmitted to Union.  Significance level of this fact: 2 out-of 10
 
 
I have not checked exactly what day the State of the Union (SOTU) address is on, but I can tell you that it is definitely soon (i.e., this week).
 
 
President Barack Obama is set to deliver the State of the Union address sometime soon.  Did you know that the first State of the Union address was given by George Washington all the way back in 1790 in New York City, the provisional U.S. capital!?  Yes, it's true! 

If Barack is able to calm the nation, speak calmly, wisely, and directly, and if he is able to not get "gassy during the speech" like he said he got last year, then it should be a relative success.  Last year, he admitted to eating "massive amounts of Good 'N Plenty's" before the address.  This year he said, "I am going to try not to eat them again.  But, you know..it's tough, man..you know?  I mean, it's a battle.  I'm a soldier.  I ain't gonna back down.  You know?"
 
 
Today, 16-year-old Abby Sunderland set out to be the youngest human to sail around the world alone.  Though this might seem like a pretty crazy thing to do, it is a pretty crazy thing to do.  She is American, however, and if successful will beat out a 17-year-old British guy's record.  U.S.A.  U.S.A.