Today in History: December 5

#AceHistoryNews says ” In 1782 President Martin Van Buren was Born eventually to become the 8th President – serving between 1837 and 1841 #ilovehistoryandresearch

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In 1782, President Martin Van Buren was born

Was he born with this incredible hair-sideburn combo? Let's hope so.
Was he born with this incredible hair-sideburn combo? Let’s hope so. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

December 5, 1782: Martin Van Buren was born. He was the 8th president, serving between 1837 and 1841. Van Buren was the first president to be born an American citizen. All previous presidents were born British subjects; he’s also the only president not to have spoken English as a first language. Van Buren is one of only two people who served as secretary of State, vice president, and president. The other: Thomas Jefferson. There is some debate as to whether Van Buren’s nickname — “Old Kinderhook” — spurred use of the phrase “OK” in the U.S.

Quote of the Day

“As to the presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it.” — Martin Van Buren

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Maxims to Guide a Young Man

#AcehistoryNews says ” Life Advice to Young Men that Went Viral in the 1850′” could apply as maxims today, such as keeping your promises and telling the #truth

Oldest Human DNA Discovered, Muddles Picture of Our Origin

#AceHistoryNews says oldest DNA has muddled the picture we have of of our origin. As scientists have decoded ” The World’s First Oldest DNA Sequence ” beating previous recorded events by 300,000 years. So the timeline of events are no thrown into disarray #EndOfDays

Science & Space

Scientists have decoded the world’s oldest human DNA sequence, beating the previous record by almost 300,000 years, and at the same time confusing what we know of our early relatives.

Published in Nature on Wednesday, the study found that bone fragments from the Spanish cave Sima de los Huesos had less genetic similarity with European Neanderthals than with Denisovans, a human species believed to have resided exclusively in Siberia, reports National Geographic.

“The fact that they show a mitochondrial genome sequence similar to that of Denisovans is irritating,” says the lead author of the study, Matthias Meyer of Max Planck Institute. “Our results suggest that the evolutionary history of Neanderthals and Denisovans may be very complicated and possibly involved mixing between different archaic human groups.”

Meyer added that the DNA was preserved thanks to the cave’s stable temperatures, and that new advances in gene-sequencing technology played a great part in…

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