World War II Monument Opens

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April 29, 2004 – The National World War II Memorial opens in Washington, D.C., to thousands of visitors, providing overdue recognition for the 16 million U.S. men and women who served in the war.  An Announcement Stone proclaims that the memorial honors those “Americans who took up the struggle during the Second World War and made the sacrifices to perpetuate the gift our forefathers entrusted to us: A nation conceived in liberty and justice.”

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Workout Is Released

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April 24, 1982 – Jane Fonda extended her reach into the home-video market with the release of Workout, the first of her many bestselling aerobics tapes.  Hollywood royalty, fashion model, Oscar-winning actress, controversial anti-war activist. Fonda fit all of these descriptions by the late 1970s and 1980s, when she emerged in her latest incarnation–exercise guru.

It’s Earth Day

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April 22, 1970 – Earth Day, an event to increase public awareness of the world’s environmental problems, is celebrated in the United States for the first time. Millions of Americans, including students from thousands of colleges and universities, participated in rallies, marches, and educational programs.