A presidential oath

On Jan. 21, President Obama and Vice President Biden will be inaugurated, or sworn into office, for their second terms.

Washington, D.C., will welcome many visitors to celebrate the inauguration. Next week, the Mini Page will explore more of what goes on during a presidential inauguration.

America’s Cup comes home

In September, the biggest competition in sailing, the America’s Cup Finals, will be back in the United States for the first time since 1995. Races will take place in San Francisco.

The America’s Cup is the oldest sports trophy. The international tournament began in 1851.

Famous Birthdays

In 2013, we celebrate milestone birthdays of some famous figures from our past.

Stephen A. Douglas

March 23, 1813 (200 years)

Stephen A. Douglas was a U.S. senator from Illinois. He ran as a Democrat in the 1860 presidential election and lost to Abraham Lincoln.

In 1858, Douglas defeated Lincoln in a campaign for the U.S. Senate. Their debates became famous.

The story goes that at Lincoln’s first inauguration in 1861, the president removed his hat before giving his speech. But he had nowhere to set it down. Douglas stepped forward to hold it, saying later, “If I can’t be the president, at least I can hold his hat.”

Jim Thorpe

May 28, 1888 (125 years)

Jim Thorpe was sometimes called the greatest athlete in the world.

He was born in Oklahoma and was part Native American. Thorpe won gold medals at the 1912 Olympics in decathlon and pentathlon. He also played professional football and baseball.

Irving Berlin

May 11, 1888 (125 years)

Irving Berlin was a composer who wrote many famous songs, including “God Bless America” and “White Christmas.” He was born in Belarus. His family moved to New York City when he was 5.

2013 hurricane names

Do you remember the name of the hurricane that devastated parts of the Northeast in late October? “Sandy” was one of a list of names that the National Hurricane Center used in 2012 to name storms.

Forecasters started naming storms during World War II. At that time, they used only women’s names. In 1978, men’s names were added to the list.

For 2013, the hurricane center has issued the following list of names for hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean. Is your name on the list?

Andrea, Barry, Chantal,

Dorian, Erin, Fernand,

Gabrielle, Humberto,

Ingrid, Jerry, Karen,

Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor,

Olga, Pablo, Rebekah,

Sebastien, Tanya, Van, Wendy