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Daily Game - September 17

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:08pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Beetle Wars
   Fight for beetle supremacy in this exciting beetle war game!
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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September 18, 1793: Capitol cornerstone is laid

This Day in History - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:00pm

On this day in 1793, George Washington lays the cornerstone to the United States Capitol building, the home of the legislative branch of American government. The building would take nearly a century to complete, as architects came and went, the British set fire to it and it was called into use during the Civil War. Today, the Capitol building, with its famous cast-iron dome and important collection of American art, is part of the Capitol Complex, which includes six Congressional office buildings and three Library of Congress buildings, all developed in the 19th and 20th centuries.

As a young nation, the United States had no permanent capital, and Congress met in eight different cities, including Baltimore, New York and Philadelphia, before 1791. In 1790, Congress passed the Residence Act, which gave President Washington the power to select a permanent home for the federal government. The following year, he chose what would become the District of Columbia from land provided by Maryland. Washington picked three commissioners to oversee the capital city's development and they in turn chose French engineer Pierre Charles L'Enfant to come up with the design. However, L'Enfant clashed with the commissioners and was fired in 1792. A design competition was then held, with a Scotsman named William Thornton submitting the winning entry for the Capitol building. In September 1793, Washington laid the Capitol's cornerstone and the lengthy construction process, which would involve a line of project managers and architects, got under way.

In 1800, Congress moved into the Capitol's north wing. In 1807, the House of Representatives moved into the building's south wing, which was finished in 1811. During the War of 1812, the British invaded Washington, D.C., and set fire to the Capitol on August 24, 1814. A rainstorm saved the building from total destruction. Congress met in nearby temporary quarters from 1815 to 1819. In the early 1850s, work began to expand the Capitol to accommodate the growing number of Congressmen. In 1861, construction was temporarily halted while the Capitol was used by Union troops as a hospital and barracks. Following the war, expansions and modern upgrades to the building continued into the next century.

Today, the Capitol, which is visited by 3 million to 5 million people each year, has 540 rooms and covers a ground area of about four acres.

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Henny Youngman

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 7:00pm
"My Grandmother is over eighty and still doesn't need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle."
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William Faulkner

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 7:00pm
"The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don't have the time to read reviews."
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Carl Reiner

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 7:00pm
"A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water."
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Jonathan Winters

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 7:00pm
"Nothing is impossible. Some things are just less likely than others."
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