Historical Events

These posts are historical events that happened in Washington, D.C.
The assassination of President Lincoln: at Ford's Theatre, Washington, D.C., April 14th, 1865

April 14, 1865 at Ford's Theater began with a showing of Our American Cousin, and ended with an assassinated President Lincoln. The Library of...
Walter Johnson in 1907

Walter Johnson is one of the greatest pitchers of all time, and on May 15, 1918, he delivered a performance that stood out from...

The Library of Congress has a large collection of graphic arts created over the course of two centuries. They depict famous locations and subjects....
Japanese lantern stone statue in West Potomac Park

We're back to a few days of cold, nasty weather. This seems like a good time to think back to the gorgeous weekend we...

So here is a headline you certainly won't see every day, and you certainly wouldn't see something like this in the 1980s. In the...

This week celebrates the 152nd anniversary of the D.C. Emancipation Act, which ended slavery in the District of Columbia and came eight months before...

This is a great story to cross-post with our sister site, Ghosts of Baltimore. Airline traffic was getting too heavy for National Airport to handle...
1857 Inauguration

This is an extremely rare photograph of James Buchanan's Inauguration at the East Front of the Capitol Building on March 4th, 1857. It's a...
Marion Barry arrested by the FBI

Sometimes the story behind the story is almost as sensational as the original news. Nearly everyone remembers when former Mayor Marion Barry was arrested for...
Women marchers organized by country, state, occupation, and organization, led by Miss Inez Milholland and Mrs. Richard Coke Burleson, during the suffrage march, March 3, 1913, Washington, D.C.

Here's an interesting drawing that we dug up. It shows the suffrage march line from March 4th, 1913. Source: Library of Congress

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