President Joe Biden signed legislation making June 19th – officially called Juneteenth National Independence Day – a federal holiday, commemorating June 19, 1865 when slaves in Texas were told of their emancipation. Prior to Juneteenth, what was the most recently established federal holiday?
Martin Luther King Jr. Day was signed into law in 1983, making it the most recently recognized federal holiday before Juneteenth was established. With Juneteenth, the United States now officially celebrates 11 federal holidays.
The 31st North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit recently took place, the first of President Biden Joe Biden’s presidency. In what city did the summit happen?
The NATO summit took place in Brussels, Belgium, bringing together leaders of the 30 independent countries that form the alliance.
Leaders of the G7 pledged to donate additional Covid-19 vaccine doses worldwide to poor and middle-income countries. Including the United States, how many did the group commit to donating at its latest summit?
The G7 pledged to donate 1 billion vaccine doses worldwide, including 500 million doses pledged from the United States alone.
Naftali Bennett was sworn in this week as prime minister of what country?
Following a narrow vote of confidence in the Knesset, Naftali Bennett was sworn in as the new prime minister of Israel, putting an end to Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year grip on power – the longest running in Israeli history.
Which variant of the coronavirus, originally discovered in India and now dominant in the UK, is currently considered a “variant of concern” for the CDC, predicted to soon be the most dominant variant in the United States?
According to the CDC, the Delta variant has emerged as one of the most treatment-resistant and contagious coronavirus variants, rapidly spreading in the US. Luckily, early indications show that vaccines provide effective protection against the variant for fully vaccinated individuals.
As the western portion of the United States experiences record heat and relentless drought, which state is dealing with the wrath of the Telegraph Fire, one of the largest in the region’s history?
Exacerbated by the effects of climate change, the Telegraph Fire has burned more than 130,000 acres of land in Arizona, just east of Phoenix. According to meteorologists, it’s one of the 10 largest blazes the Southwest has seen since 1990.
Which 20-time tennis grand slam champion announced that they’re pulling out of Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, saying that the quick turnaround of competition “didn’t make it easier on my body to recuperate?”
Taking to his official Twitter account, Rafael Nadal announced his intention to pull out of Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, saying that “the goal is to prolong my career and continue to do what makes me happy.”
What are Lockheed Martin and General Motors (GM) teaming up to build in hopes to one day get an official contract from NASA?
In the hopes of one day getting a contract from NASA, Lockheed Martin and GM have partnered to create the next generation of the Lunar Rover – all in anticipation of NASA’s latest ambitions to return to the moon.
Joe Jonas recently crashed a Jonas Brothers-themed event in Atlanta. What kind of event was it?
According to a post on his Instagram, Joe Jonas crashed a “Jonas Brothers vs. One Direction” spin class at a SoulCycle studio in Atlanta – the slick move made during apparent free time while on a business trip in the city.
What breed of dog took Best in Show at the 145th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show?
A Pekingese named Wasabi won the title of Best in Show. Because of the pandemic, the event took place in Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York, the first time since 1877 the dog show wasn’t held in New York City’s Madison Square Garden.