Historical Events

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

1885 Dedication of Washington Monument

Terrific old photo of the Washington Monument being dedicated in 1885. Check out the amazing details.
Walter Reed Army Hospital flu ward circa 1919 (Shorpy)

Spanish Influenza and the D.C. Media in 1918

We live in strange times. Nobody alive today has memories of the last public health crisis of this magnitude to hit Washington. That was back in 1918 when the Spanish Flu decimated cities and towns across...

Who’s Who in the Watergate Scandal

Remember the names of those involved in the Watergate scandal? In August 1974, Richard Nixon resigned before being impeached.

When the Nationals Won the World Series

For those of you who watched the Nationals last night close out a huge win on the road in Houston, we’ve waited a long time for this. Sure, it’s not the Cubs or Red Sox and...

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 of candles...
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 Congress Below...
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 he felt...
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.
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