A Kid’s 2011 Cal­en­dar

What Will You Do This Year?

The Washington Post Sunday - - SC4 -

Our na­tional his­tory

This year, we com­mem­o­rate the sesqui­cen­ten­nial of the be­gin­ning of the Civil War. A sesqui­cen­ten­nial (ses-kwih-sen-TEH-nee-ul) is a 150th an­niver­sary. On April 12, 1861, Con­fed­er­ate (South­ern state) sol­diers fired the first shots of the Civil War at Union sol­diers at Fort Sumter in South Carolina.

Four years later, af­ter the war ended, slaves were eman­ci­pated (ee-MAN-sih-pay-ted), or freed, and the Union was pre­served.

A dif­fer­ent bat­tle

Ten years ago this Septem­ber, our coun­try suf­fered an at­tack from ter­ror­ists who flew two air­planes into the World Trade Cen­ter in New York City, one into the Pen­tagon in Vir­ginia, and one into the ground in Penn­syl­va­nia. More than 3,000 peo­ple died in the attacks, in­clud­ing pas­sen­gers on the air­planes.

Keep this 2011 cal­en­dar and watch for com­ing spe­cial events.

The World Trade Cen­ter tow­ers burn af­ter be­ing hit by planes.

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