Friday, January 19, 2007

King Outranks General

Today is the 200th anniversary of Confederate General Robert E. Lee's birth. His birthday is celebrated as a state holiday in Georgia—either two months early or ten months late.

It's observed on the day after Thanksgiving, a time when most folks are thinking about Christmas shopping and not infantry maneuvers at Chancellorsville. Lee's birthday celebration was moved after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday became a federal holiday, thus avoiding two days off in the same week. [Link]

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