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Where is the Original Dupont Circle Statue?

The original statue of Samuel DuPont sat for more than a generation at the center of Dupont Circle. Then it was removed because people thought it was ugly. Read the story to learn more.

Why Were the Redskins the Last NFL Team to Integrate?

Washington was the last team to integrate, 16 years after the color barrier was broken. Owner George P. Marshall ran a southern-focused media empire and was pushed into anti-discrimination compliance by the Kennedy Administration. Read the story to learn more.

dining room at the New Willard

Willard Hotel Photos From 1904

What did the Willard Hotel look like just after it was built in the early 1900s. This series of photos shows the ornate interior as it was back then.

Smithsonian Castle (1900)

Why Is It Named The Smithsonian?

Did you know our greatest museum was funded by and named for an Englishman who never set foot in the United States? Read up on the origins of the Smithsonian and how it was born in our nation's capital.

Griffith Stadium from the air in 1960 (Wikipedia)

Griffith Stadium Meets the Wrecking Ball

The site of so many wonderful baseball and football memories, Griffith Stadium, had its life ended by the brutal swings of a wrecking ball in 1965. The hapless doormat of the American League, the Washington Senators stopped playing in there after the 1961 season, after which, the days were numbered.

When Did the Howard Theatre Open?

The Apollo in New York, the Pearl in Philadelphia, the Uptown in Baltimore, and the Howard Theatre in Washington were the preeminent African-American venues for stars like Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and the big bands of the 1930s to rock and roll and the Motown sound.

Major General Peter C. Haines, Retired

Hains Point: How Did It Get Its Name?

Hains point is named for Peter Conover Hains, a prominent Major General in the U.S. Army and served in the Civil War, Spanish-American War and World War I.

White House northwest gate

Man Crashes Truck Through White House Gate

Doyle Allen Hicks wanted to warn President Kennedy of the coming communist takeover of the country. Find out what happened after he drove his truck through the White House gates.

Pilot Lands Plane on Street Next to West Wing

In 1910, a British pilot landed his small biplane between the West Wing and the Old Executive Office Bulding. He stopped for lunch with some dignitaries and then took off. Read the incredible story.

What Did National Airport Look Like in 1941?

Washington's new airport opened for business in June 1941. This series of detailed photos shows what flying was like 80 years ago, more glamorous, quaint, and dressed up.

Inside National Airport’s Waiting Area in 1941

This cool old photo shows the magazine rack at National Airport back the year it opened, in 1941. This is the terminal waiting area. Take a look at a few more old photos of National Airport, then read these three great stories from the airport.

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