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Monday, February 22, 2016

While George Washington's birthday is officially celebrated on Presidents Day, which is the third Monday of February, his real birthday is today, the 22nd.

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Today's Random Fact:

Toothaches bothered Washington for years. When he was 57, he had all his teeth pulled. From then on, he wore ivory false teeth set in a silver plate.

Parson Weems, who wrote a myth-filled biography of Washington shortly after he died, made up the cherry tree story. The Mount Vernon Digital Encyclopedia identifies that book, The Life of Washington, as "the point of origin for many long-held myths about Washington."

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Bonus Fact:

According to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, "On September 19, 1794, George Washington became the only sitting U.S. President to personally lead troops in the field when he led the militia on a nearly month-long march west over the Allegheny Mountains to the town of Bedford."

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