Historical Events

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

Happy Thanksgivukkah, 1888

Hanukkah and Thanksgiving rarely overlap.  Among its 22 articles covering 2013's "Thanksgivukkah" holiday mashup, the Washington Post reports that the convergence of turkey and latkes...
Sarah Josepha Hale's letter to Abraham Lincoln

Thanksgiving Proclamations

It was Sarah Josepha Hale that wrote to then President Abraham Lincoln, urging him to establish a dedicated national day of thanksgiving. She sent...
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Bugler Plays Taps at Kennedy’s Funeral

Exactly 50 years ago today, JFK was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Below is footage of the gun salute and the bugler playing taps. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2h3z3Jqqo0
Kennedy throwing out the first pitch in 1962

Kennedy Throws Out First Pitch at 1962 All-Star Game

Check out this great photo from the 1962 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. It was held at the new D.C. Stadium (now RFK).
Jackie Kennedy

11/22/63: Foreshadowing Prayer Printed in Morning Washington Post

In scanning The Washington Post for November 22nd, 1963, I came across this small prayer, printed that day in section D8. It was a small...
Minister Vladimir S. Hurban

Nazi’s Demand to Take Over Embassy of Czechoslovakia (1939)

We came across a fascinating article from March 17th, 1939, printed in The New York Times. This was a few days after Nazi Germany invaded...
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (August 28th, 1963)

Incredible Crowd Photos from 1963 March on Washington

This is an incredible series of photos of the massive crowd gathered in the city for the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and...
March on Washington against the war in Vietnam (21-22 October, 1967)

Incredible Photos of 1967 March on Pentagon Against the Vietnam War

Check out this incredible series of photos from 1967. These show the protests organized by the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in...
venezuela walk

Two-Year Hike to Attend a Boy Scout Jamboree

These two guys are checking out their shoes, and for good reason. They walked from Venezuela to Washington, DC to attend the Boy Scout...

Federal Agencies Shutdown; Workers Go Home … in 1995

Welcome to Groundhog Day! We've been through this before and it didn't work out well for one of the sides. Plus, they even based...

The Capitol Building Bombing (1915)

I was doing some research on J.P. Morgan. (Ok, research backstory: In the summer 1919, he was summoned, er, subpoenaed by the Senate Foreign...

Eisenhower Inauguration Seen From a Blimp [Slideshow]

Here's a pretty cool set of photos from January 20th, 1953. Source: Opie Radio
soldiers amid 1968 riot ruins

Soldiers Amid Ruins of ’68 Riots

No commentary needed on this one. A sad day for D.C.
Abraham Lincoln delivers his second inaugural address

Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865

Abraham Lincoln was sworn in for his second term as president and delivered his second inaugural address on March 4, 1865. There are a...
August 28, 1963. "Emancipator looking down on demonstrators. Participants in the March on Washington in front of the Lincoln Memorial and massed along both sides of the Reflecting Pool, viewed from behind Abraham Lincoln statue." Photo by James K. Atherton for United Press International.

Lincoln Memorial and “I Have a Dream”

What an incredible photograph. This is a shot over Lincoln's left shoulder, down onto the massive crowd watching the "I Have a Dream" speech...
aftermath at the Pentagon

September 11th, 2001: The Worst Day

Source: U.S. National Archives If you lived in the area on September 11th, 2001, you'll remember how beautiful that day was. It was a Tuesday, and...

Strange Notices in the Newspaper on the Day of Lincoln’s Death

This is the Evening Star, published the day President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Obviously, the main headline focuses on his death and the attempted...

1963 March on Washington Plans Included Alcohol Ban

This is a long-overdue, and greatly anticipated, guest post by Aaron, who wrote one of our most popular pieces yet on the (almost) red...
bike couriers exit the White House to deliver the news of Pearl Harbor

Crowd Gathers at White House As News of Pearl Harbor Breaks

Here is a fascinating article that we dug up in the Washington Post, printed the day after Pearl Harbor, December 8th, 1941. A crowd arose,...
Plan of the Rebel attack on Washington, D.C., July 11th and 12th, 1864.

Map of Rebel Attack on Washington

Here's a great old map that we found, showing Jubal Early's Rebel attack on Washington. Source: Library of Congress
1933 World Series program

1933 Giants vs. Senators World Series Program

What a cool find. Thanks to GoDCer Ben and Twitter user @ToddRadom. Source: @ToddRadom