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Many Americans have Monday off to celebrate a holiday too often associated with sales at car dealerships and furniture stores. But with your Android in hand, you can learn the true history behind Presidents Day. Take the opportunity to discover facts about our nation and its leaders, with these handy Android apps.
U.S. Presidents (Free)
This app offers all the basics on every U.S. president. Details include each president’s years in office, their birthplace, vice presidents, political affiliation and a random tidbit to boost your trivia skills next time you’re a contestant on Jeopardy. The app is done up in “colonial” style, with a parchment paper feel and an ever-present American flag. Test your knowledge in quiz mode, which gives you four multiple-choice answers for a handful of facts. How well do you know your presidents?
If you’ve got an urge to look up anything related to U.S. presidents, American history and everything in between, Wikipedia is a safe bet. While crowd-sourced, Wikipedia has a wealth of shared information on countless topics, including the presidents. You’ll often find a biographical entry broken down into sections, starting with early influences and following major developments throughout their lives. It’s a great way to learn about the presidents, and other interesting aspects of America’s history. The Wikipedia app lets you save articles to read later or offline, support for dozens of languages and a sharing option for your favorite entries.
If Presidents Day has you inspired to get more involved in today’s political scene, check out the Politico Playbook for news from Capitol Hill. From breaking news to resourceful summaries, Politico delivers major political news directly to your Android handset. Politico brings you coverage on the current president, what’s going on in Congress, and the ongoing presidential race. A popular publication, Politico is one of many periodicals to go digital in recent months, making a play for niche markets through Android’s platform.
Smithsonian Channel (Free)
America’s most renowned museum network, the Smithsonian Channel’s Android app grants on-demand access to original series, full episodes, documentaries and fun facts. With a focus on American stories, the Smithsonian is certain to have media-rich content commemorating Presidents Day. With the app you’ll also be able to peruse the cable channel’s schedule, where you’ll find Monday’s program, and it includes an in-depth look at former President Thomas Jefferson’s bible. With his own spin on spirituality, Jefferson’s eclectic book is said to be a most intimate portrait of the country’s forefather.