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These posts are about historical events in Washington, D.C.

It’s 4:20 Somewhere

Hazy blue smoke surrounds the origins of the annual Fourth of July Smoke-In. Though it now takes place in Lafayette Square, across the barricaded street from the White House, it began on the Mall.
Thousands of people take part in a candlelight vigil on the National Mall in Washington D.C. September 12, 2001. (Photo: Reuters/Win McNamee/Newscom)

Candlelight Vigil on the Mall after 9/11

I remember this so vividly. I walked the length of the Mall, stood on the west front steps of the Capitol (which you can no longer do) and stared out onto a virtual sea...
July 4th parade in Washington, DC

1919’s Fourth of July Parade on Pennsylvania Avenue

These great old photos we found shows the Fourth of July in our city way back in 1919.   Source: Library of Congress

Orville Wright’s Flight Record at Fort Myer in 1909

On July 27th, 1909, Orville Wright sets the flight duration record at Ft. Myer. The flight was over 40 miles with an average speed of also over 40 miles per hour. Source: Library of...
Woodrow Wilson revived the tradition of the oral State of the Union address (1913)

Woodrow Wilson’s 1913 State of the Union

The last State of the Union was in 1800 by our second president, John Adams. Thomas Jefferson began the tradition of passing along the state of the union in writing to Congress, allegedly because...
1925 World Series game at Griffith Stadium - Washington v. Pittsburgh

Washington Senators’ Last World Series

In the 1925 World Series, the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the defending champion Washington Senators in seven games.

“The President’s Walk” Was Almost Reagan’s Last

This is a guest post by Angela Harrison Eng The Washington Hilton Hotel is located at 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW, near DuPont Circle. At a glance, the hotel is one of many in a...
Manager Stanley Harris, in the grandstand, presents President Coolidge with the baseball used to open the 1924 World Series (October 4th, 1924)

President and Mrs. Coolidge Go to World Series

The Washington Senators were in the World Series in 1924, and ultimately would come away victorious. What you might not know is that Grace Coolidge (she also spent some time in Columbia Heights) was...
Fort Stevens in 1864

Civil War Reaches Tennallytown

Some of you may recall the naming debates we posted about Tenleytown some time ago. We did some more history sleuthing for some good stories about the neighborhood and came across a great article...