Daily readings about people, places, and events in American history.
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August 11th
Who’s on the Money?
In August 1909, Americans went wild for the brand-new Lincoln penny, the first U.S. coin to bear the likeness of a president. Teddy Roosevelt was behind the change from the old “Indian Head” penny to the Lincoln cent. Roosevelt, a great admirer of Lincoln, wanted to honor the sixteenth president to commemorate the centennial of his birth. Since that time, the U.S. Mint has placed images of presidents and other famous Americans on coins and bills.

Currency: Penny
Front/Back: Abraham Lincoln / Lincoln Memorial; Lincoln’s Life designs

Currency: Nickel
Front/Back: Thomas Jefferson / Monticello; Westward Journey designs

Currency: Dime
Front/Back: Franklin D. Roosevelt / Torch, Olive & Oak Branches

Currency: Quarter
Front/Back: George Washington / Bald Eagle; Fifty States designs

Currency: Half-dollar
Front/Back: John F. Kennedy / Presidential Coat of Arms

Currency: $1 Coin
Front/Back: Sacagawea / Bald Eagle; Native American commemorations

Currency: $1 Coin
Front/Back: U.S. Presidents / Statue of Liberty

Currency: $1 Bill
Front/Back: George Washington / Great Seal of the U.S.

Currency: $2 Bill
Front/Back: Thomas Jefferson / Signing of the Declaration

Currency: $5 Bill
Front/Back: Abraham Lincoln / Lincoln Memorial

Currency: $10 Bill
Front/Back: Alexander Hamilton / U.S. Treasury Building

Currency: $20 Bill
Front/Back: Andrew Jackson / White House

Currency: $50 Bill
Front/Back: Ulysses S. Grant / U.S. Capitol

Currency: $100 Bill
Front/Back: Benjamin Franklin / Independence Hall

American History Parade
1860
The first successful American silver mill begins operations near Virginia City, Nevada.

1877
Astronomer Asaph Hall discovers the two moons of Mars.

1924
The first newsreel of U.S. presidential candidates, showing Calvin Coolidge and Robert M. La Follette, is filmed in Washington, D.C.

1965
Racial tensions trigger several days of rioting in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles.

1992
The Mall of America, the largest shopping mall in the United States, opens in Bloomington, Minnesota.
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