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Another Birthday Party!!

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Hey Party Animals!! Here is another reason to lift your glasses...
I found this while stealing from a history site...

On March 16, 1802, Congress approved legislation establishing the United States Military Academy at West Point, one of the oldest military service academies in the world. Strategically located on the west bank of the Hudson River 50 miles north of New York City, West Point has been continuously occupied by U.S. troops since January 20, 1778. George Washington established his headquarters there in 1779. In 1780, Benedict Arnold, then in command of the post, tried unsuccessfully to betray it to the British. Colonel Sylvanus Thayer, superintendent at West Point from 1817 to 1833 is credited with instituting the high standards of discipline and scholarship for which the Academy is known today. Under Thayer's tenure, cadets were trained as civil engineers as well as soldiers. After graduation from West Point, commissioned officers put their technical skills to work for the U.S. government in construction of canals, roads, railroads, and other internal improvements needed to facilitate westward expansion.
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