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Theodore Roosevelt

Cowboy. Soldier. Statesman. Conservationist. Adventurer. Reformer. Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest president in American history—and arguably one of the most fascinating. Deeply ambitious and endlessly resilient—he once delivered an 84-minute speech bleeding from a gunshot wound to the chest—Roosevelt helped propel the nation into the 20th century with his progressive domestic reforms and his expansive, “big stick” foreign policy.

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Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt unexpectedly became the 26th president of the United States in September 1901 after the assassination of William McKinley. Young and physically robust, he brought new energy to the White House and won a second term on his own merits in 1904.  Roosevelt, a ...read more

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Spanish-American War

The Spanish-American War was an 1898 conflict between the United States and Spain that ended Spanish colonial rule in the Americas and resulted in U.S. acquisition of territories in the western Pacific and Latin America. Causes: Remember the Maine! The war originated in the ...read more

Find out what happened on December 31 in this video of This Day in History. On this day, Thomas Edison gave the first demonstration of his newly developed lamp in 1879. President Harry Truman also gave an important message. Truman told the United States that the hostilities of the Second World War had come to an end. On December 31, 2004, the world saw the unveiling of the new tallest building, the Burj Dubai. Most importantly, in 1999 the United States gave control over the Panama Canal to Panama. The construction of the canal cost the United States $350 million and 30,000 lives. However, Panamanian nationalists wanted their nation in control of it. This transaction strengthened the relations between the United States and Latin America.

Panama Canal

The Panama Canal was first developed following the failure of a French construction team in the 1880s, when the United States commenced building a canal across a 50-mile stretch of the narrow Panama isthmus in 1904. The project was helped by the elimination of disease-carrying ...read more

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Edith Roosevelt

Edith Roosevelt (1861-1948) was an American first lady (1901-09) and the second wife of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States. Childhood sweehearts, the two were separated for a number of years before resuming their romance and marrying, two years after the ...read more

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