February 22, 2006
Today is George Washington's actual birthday, at least according to the modern Gregorian calendar (under the Julian calendar that was observed in 1732, his birthday was February 11th).
Washington ensured that we won independence, presided over the writing of our Constitution and mid-wifed the birth of a new nation as its first President. And, depite his overwhelming popularity, he volunteered to relinquish his office at the end of his second term establishing the long tradition of a peaceful transfer of power that was unheard of at that time.
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