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Cecil Whig - - ACCENT -

On April 27, 1822, Ulysses S. Grant, Civil War leader and 18th president of the United States, was born.

Grant shares the birth­day with Sa­muel Morse (born 1791), who went from por­trait painter to in­ven­tor. He is best re­mem­bered for his in­ven­tion of the sin­gle-wire tele­graph sys­tem and the co-in­ven­tor of Morse code.

April 29, 2004, was a day for re­mem­ber­ing many. That’s when the Na­tional World War II Memo­rial opened in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., to thou­sands of visi­tors. The memo­rial rec­og­nizes the 16 mil­lion U.S. men and women who served in the war. It is lo­cated on 7.4 acres on the for­mer site of the Rain­bow Pool at the Na­tional Mall be­tween the Wash­ing­ton Mon­u­ment and the Lin­coln Memo­rial.

Per­haps coun­try mu­sic fans will want to know what hap­pened on April 30, 1933. That’s the day Wil­lie Nel­son was born.

Like many other mu­si­cians of his generation, Nel­son got his start per­form­ing gospel mu­sic. To­day, he is known for such songs as “Beer For My Horses,” “Just To Sat­isfy You” and “Al­ways On My Mind.”

And April 30 is also an im­por­tant day in Amer­i­can his­tory. It was on April 30, 1789, that Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton gave his first pres­i­den­tial in­au­gu­ral ad­dress in front of 10,000 spec­ta­tors at Fed­eral Hall in New York City.

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