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The United States of America
is a federal republic
of 50 states
, a capital district
, and a few other territories. It resides mostly in central North America
. The U.S. has three land borders, two with Canada
and one with Mexico
, and is otherwise bounded by the Pacific Ocean
, the Bering Sea
, the Arctic Ocean
and the Atlantic Ocean
. Of the 50 states, only Alaska
are not contiguous with any other state. The U.S. also has a collection of districts, territories, and possessions
around the world. Each state has a high level of local autonomy according to the system of federalism. The United States traces its national origin to the declaration
by 13 British
colonies in 1776
that they were free and independent states. They were recognized as such by the Treaty of Paris
in 1783. Since then, the nation has grown to become a global superpower
and exerts a high level of economic, political, military, and cultural influence.
is a 1942 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz
, starring Humphrey Bogart
, Ingrid Bergman
and Paul Henreid
, and featuring Claude Rains
, Conrad Veidt
, Sydney Greenstreet
, Peter Lorre
and Dooley Wilson
. Set during World War II
, it focuses on a man torn between, in the words of one character, love and virtue. He must choose between his love for a woman and helping her and her Czech Resistance
leader husband escape from the Vichy
city of Casablanca
to continue his fight against the Nazis
Although it was an A-list film, with established stars and first-rate writers--Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch received credit for the screenplay--no one involved with its production expected Casablanca to be anything out of the ordinary; it was just one of dozens of pictures produced by Hollywood every year. The film was a solid, if unspectacular, success in its initial run, rushed into release to take advantage of the publicity from the Allied invasion of North Africa a few weeks earlier. Despite a changing assortment of screenwriters frantically adapting an unstaged play and barely keeping ahead of production, and Bogart attempting his first romantic lead role, Casablanca won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Its characters, dialogue, and music have become iconic, and Casablanca has grown in popularity to the point that it now consistently ranks near the top of lists of the greatest films of all time.
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Selected society biography
: Teller Ede
, January 15, 1908 - September 9, 2003) was a Hungarian
-born American theoretical physicist
, known colloquially as "the father of the hydrogen bomb
," even though he did not care for the title. Teller emigrated to the United States
in the 1930s, and was an early member of the Manhattan Project
charged with developing the first atomic bombs.
In his later years he became especially known for his advocacy of controversial technological solutions to both military and civilian problems, including a plan to excavate an artificial harbor in Alaska using thermonuclear explosives. He was a vigorous advocate of Ronald Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative, perhaps overselling the feasibility of the program. Over the course of his life, Teller was known both for his scientific ability and his difficult interpersonal relations and volatile personality, and is considered one of the inspirations for the character Dr. Strangelove in the 1964 movie of the same name.
Anniversaries for January 17
- 1706 - Benjamin Franklin (pictured), who would become a leading author and printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, diplomat, and Founding Father of the United States, is born.
- 1899 - The United States takes possession of Wake Island in the Pacific Ocean.
- 1903 - El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico becomes part of the United States National Forest System as the Luquillo Forest Reserve.
- 1917 - The United States pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.
- 1961 - U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers a televised farewell address to the nation three days before leaving office, in which he warns against the accumulation of power by the "military-industrial complex".
- 1899 - Infamous American gangster Al Capone is born.
is the eighth largest city in the U.S. state
. The municipality is situated on the Mahoning River
, approximately 65 miles (105 km) southeast of Cleveland
and 61 miles (100 km) northwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
. Youngstown has its own metropolitan area, but the Pittsburgh Tri-State and Greater Cleveland
influence the region. Youngstown lies 10 miles (16 km) west of the Pennsylvania
state line - midway between New York City
. The 2000 census
showed that Youngstown had a total population of 82,026.
The city was named for John Young, an early settler from Whitestown, New York, who established the community's first sawmill and gristmill. Youngstown is located in a region of the United States that is often referred to as the Rust Belt. Traditionally known as a center of steel production, Youngstown was forced to redefine itself when the U.S. steel industry fell into decline in the 1970s, leaving communities throughout the region without major industry.
Selected culture biography
(1935-1977) was an American singer and one of the most important figures of 20th-century popular culture. He is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King". Born in Tupelo, Mississippi
, Presley moved to Memphis, Tennessee
, at the age of 13. He began his career there in 1954 and became the leading figure of the newly popular sound of rock and roll
with a series of television appearances and chart-topping records during the late 1950s. Conscripted in 1958, Presley relaunched his recording career two years later with some of his most commercially successful work. In 1968, after seven years away from the stage, he returned to live performance in a celebrated comeback television special
that led to an extended Las Vegas
concert residency and a string of profitable tours. In 1973 Presley staged the first concert broadcast globally via satellite, Aloha from Hawaii
, seen by around 1.5 billion viewers. Prescription drug abuse severely affected his health, and he died suddenly in 1977 from cardiac arrest. With his versatile voice and unusually wide success encompassing many genres, Presley is the best-selling solo artist in the history of popular music
. Nominated for 14 competitive Grammys
, he won three, and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
at age 36. He has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame
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