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April 7 is National Beer Day!

April 7 -- today -- is unofficially National Beer Day!

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The First Official US Coin Said “Mind Your Business” — Fact Of The Day

On April 21, 1787, the Continental Congress of the United States authorized a design for the nation's first coin, the Fugio Cent.  It was the first design for the penny and it was named the Fugio Cent because of it's image of the sun shining down a sundial.  The coin was designed by Benjamin Franklin and had the inscription "Mind Your Business."

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Steve Buscemi Worked 12-Hour Shifts Searching For Victims Of 9/11 — Fact Of The Day

Steve Buscemi is one of the most recognizable actors currently in the industry.  But did you know that before he was an actor, he was a fire fighter with Engine Company No. 55 in New York City?  Buscemi fought fires from 1980 to 1984 before receiving his first acting roll in 1986 as Nick in 'Parting Glances.'

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Tom Hanks Is The Highest Earning All-Time Box Office Star — Fact Of The Day

Tom Hanks is a huge movie star, that we knew for sure.  But what we just found out was that Tom Hanks is the highest all-time box office star.  As of 2012, Hanks' films have grossed over $4.2 billion in the United States and over $8.5 billion worldwide.

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The Tomb Of The Unknown’s Sentinels Will Confront People Who Are Disrespectful — Fact Of The Day

The Tomb of the Unknown in Arlington Cemetery is a very sacred place for all Americans. It is a monument dedicated to American service members who have died without their remains being identified.  A single soldier guards the tomb at any given time.  This soldier is known as a "Tomb Guard" and this honor is the second least-awarded decoration in the United States Military.

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The 1917 Uncle Sam “I Want You” Poster Is Based Off A British Design Printed 3 Years Earlier — Fact Of The Day

During World War I the British produced a recruitment poster depicting a pointing Lord Kitchener, the British Secretary of State for War, above the words "WANTS YOU."  This poster would serve as the most famous of all the British recruitment posters during the war.

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Neil Armstrong’s NASA Application Was Almost Rejected For Being Late — Fact Of The Day

Neil Armstrong's NASA application was a week late and if it weren't for his friend, Dick Day, secretly slipping it into the pile of on-time applications, he would have been rejected.  Dick Day worked at NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center and helped Neil out when his application had arrived late.

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Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Is The Most Successful Independent Film Of All Time — Fact Of The Day

Yes, you read that title correctly.  Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back was an independent film.  George Lucas, the creative mind behind the Star Wars series, paid for the films entire production cost out of pocket.

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There Is A Word That Is Opposite Of ‘Sparkle.’ The Word Is ‘Darkle’ — Fact Of The Day

If you are a fan of the Twilight series, you hear the word sparkle and you think of vampires. If you aren't a fan, you hear the word sparkle and think of something shinning bright.  But, did you know that there is a word that rhymes with sparkle and means the complete opposite?

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M&M’s Were Originally Created To Allow Easy Transport Of Chocolate To The Military — Fact Of The Day

M&M's were first introduced commercially in 1941 by Forrest Mars, Sr.  Forrest got the idea for the candy after observing soldiers eating chocolate pellets with a hard shell during the Spanish Civil War.  

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