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Benjamin Franklin believed that the bald eagle was a bird of "bad moral character".

""Mr. President, Tho' I am truly sensible of the high Honour done me, in this Appointment, yet I feel great distress, from a consciousness that my abilities and military experience may not be equal to the extensive and important Trust: However, as the Congress desire it, I will enter upon the momentous duty, and exert every power I possess in their service, and for support of the glorious cause. I beg they will accept my most cordial thanks for this distinguished testimony of their approbation.
"But, lest some unlucky event should happen, unfavourable to my reputation, I beg it may be remembered, by every Gentleman in the room, that I, this day, declare with the utmost sincerity, I do not think myself equal to the Command I am honored with."
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Lady Liberty arrived in more than 350 pieces along with a detailed manual describing the assembly process, which began the following summer. The head of the statue, pictured above in France in 1878, was displayed to the public in an attempt to solicit contributions and funding for the project. The cost to the French to build the iconic landmark was roughly $250,000 - the equivalent of more than $6,000,000 in 2018 (according to the United States Department of Labor’s CPI Inflation Calculator). Photo via New York Historical Society - Getty Images..
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Happy Father's Day! .
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Did you know that 24 presidents served in the United States Army? (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Ken Scar)

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At 94 years old, Bush 41 has become the longest living president in history. (Photo by @georgewbush)
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"The FBI says they used a homemade drill made from a broken vacuum cleaner motor to widen the vents. Once they crawled through, they climbed up a network of pipes and plumbing in a commonly unguarded space.

They set up a secret workshop on the top of their cells, where they built and hid what they needed to escape. They eventually made it out through the ventilator that led them to the prison roof. They slid down the smokestack to the ground and launched their raft -- made of more than 50 raincoats. They also created life vests and wooden paddles.

The next morning, guards found dummy heads made of plaster, paper mache, paint and real human hair in their cells." via CBS San Francisco.
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The U.S.-led invasion of Nazi-occupied France remains the third-single bloodiest day in American history (via West Wing Reports on Twitter).
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Fun fact: Reagan is credited with saving 77 lives during the seven summers he worked as a lifeguard. (NPR)
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