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Five Things to Start Your Day: Feb. 12

A few facts, figures and tidbits to start your Tuesday.

1. FORECAST:

Tuesday: A mix of sun & clouds. Breezy & mild. Highs from 41-46. Southwest wind 10-20mph.

Wednesday: Sunshine followed by increasing clouds through the day. Light snow arrives late in the evening. Highs near 40.

Thursday: Snow--briefly heavy during the morning, then tapering to flurries by afternoon. Not a repeat of last week but some shoveling is likely.

2. LEARN HOW TO AUDITION FOR THEATER: , is offering - How To Audition: February Vacation Workshop – Feb 20, 21 & 22 – Offered for Grades 4-6, 1-3pm, Grades 7-12, 3:30-5:30pm.

Learn everything you need to know about being prepared for your auditions, discuss song choices, find the right song in your range, dance like everyone is watching you, how to read from scripts and how to fill out paperwork correctly.  Fee $55 per person. For more information email theatrewithatwist@gmail.com, visit the website at www.theatrewithatwist.org, or call 978-302-0985.

3. SUDBURY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEETING: The Chamber will meet at 5:30 p.m., today, at Wingate at Sudbury.

4. WHAT TO CELEBRATE TODAY: Today is Abraham Lincoln's birthday. Every American knows President Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States. "Honest Abe", as he was commonly known as, was born in the wilderness country of Hardin County, Kentucky on February 12, 1809.

Abraham Lincoln became president in 1861. Although he hated war, he was drawn into it as he believed it was the only was to save the nation after the southern states declared their secession to the Union.

In addition to serving as president during the civil war and saving the Union,  Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation that ended slavery in the U.S. forever.He also wrote and gave The Gettysburg Address, memorializing the bloodiest and most important battle of the Civil War. Gettysburg proved to be the turning point of the war.

Shortly after the war ended, Abraham Lincoln became the first U.S. President to be assassinated. He was shot and mortally wounded on Good Friday, April 14, 1865 by John Wilkes Booth in Ford's Theatre.

5. THIS DAY IN HISTORY:

  • 1733 — Led by philanthropist James Edward Oglethorpe, the first English colonists arrived in Georgia, at the site of Savannah.
  • 1870 — The Utah Territory granted women the right to vote (revoked in 1887).
  • 1909 — The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded.
  • 1973 — The first release of American prisoners of war from the Vietnam war took place.
  • 1999 — The Senate voted to acquit President Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.
  • 2002 — Yugoslavian ex-president Slobodan Milosevic went on trial for war crimes.
  • 2010 — The 2010 Winter Olympics opened in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The games got off to a tragic start when a luger from the Republic of Georgia, Nodar Kumaritashvili, dies tragically in a crash during training run.

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