Notable People & Places

Stories about famous people and places in Washington, D.C.

Teddy Roosevelt on horseback (History.com)

Teddy Roosevelt Whips Young Lady Passing Him on Horseback

Now, I will quickly caveat this as being unconfirmed, but I am merely surfacing an interesting old story from the Baltimore Sun. This was printed on May 13th, 1912. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SUN–Sir: Sometime...
Janis Joplin (Wikipedia)

Janis Joplin Plays Merriweather Three Weeks Before Woodstock

After The Dead and The Police, I’m on a little bit of a concert kick and this one is pretty sweet. Janis Joplin played Merriweather back in 1969, three weeks before the defining moment of the...
The Police live in 1979

The Police Play the Ontario Theater on Columbia Road

I had heard that Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland (aka, The Police) had played in Adams Morgan and wanted to do a little research into that. Unfortunately, they weren’t a huge band when they played...

Calvin Coolidge, The Vice President of What?

This one made me laugh. This would never happen today … at least I hope it wouldn’t. It’s a story about Calvin Coolidge’s time here at Vice President under Warren Harding. Coolidge and his family arrived...
Statue of Duke Ellington outside Howard Theatre

The Original Opening Night at the Howard Theatre

“Over one thousand of Washington’s elite attending opening performance … Audience one of the most brilliant ever seen at theatre in nation’s capital … best appointed theatre of its kind in the country.” These are quotes...
Napoleon Bonaparte painting

If Walls Could Talk: Napoleon Relatives Lived on K Street?

You read that correctly. As in Napoleon Bonaparte … that is, Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte III, the great-grandson of Jerome Bonaparte, Napoleon’s youngest brother. Oh, Jerome III was also the great-grandson of Daniel Webster. Impressive lineage. What...
1913 Washington Senators

A Tribute to Baseball and the Washington Senators

I love baseball — my first post ever was baseball-related — and baseball is back! Opening Day has passed (go Nats!) and the home opener is just around the corner. There is not better way to...
Franklin MacVeagh in 1909 (Wikipedia)

All Ideas of Beauty and Order Are Forgotten in the Suburbs

Secretary of the Treasury Franklin MacVeagh was a man that appreciated beauty and the aesthetics of architecture. He was also a clear supporter of urban planning with an eye towards maintaining or enhancing the appeal of...

The Inauguration of Herbert Hoover in 1929

This is an excellent silent film from 1929. It begins with outgoing president Calvin Coolidge and Hoover entering a vehicle and being taken to the Capitol Building down Pennsylvania Avenue. The members of the Supreme Court...

Mayflower Hotel Maid Finds Woman Near Death; Husband Shoots Self Through Heart

This title is worthy of a big #WTF. Posts like this are sadly some of the more popular ones. I don’t know if GoDCers are attracted to the macabre, but it sure seems that way. So here’s...
Old Masonic Temple building (via Jacqueline Drayer)

A “Bomb” is Found and Officer Sprinkle Saves the Day

Once again, our favorite hero has come to the rescue. This tale from the annals of Officer Sprinkle dates back to July 1st, 1914. The Washington Post reported a story about an explosive device found in...
August 14th, 1924. President Calvin Coolidge and his radio-equipped Buick automobile in Washington. (Shorpy)

Calvin Coolidge, Vermont Native and Our 30th President

Per a comment received on the Warren Harding slide show, here’s a one for his successor, Calvin Coolidge. So, Kai … here’s a bunch of photos of the 30th President of the United States. If you have...
Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Bruce Springsteen concert at the University of Maryland in 1973

Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Bruce Springsteen at the University of Maryland

Check this out! If you were a student at the University of Maryland back in 1973 — maybe some of you were? — you could attend this sick concert with Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and...
White House Easter Egg Roll (1898)

The White House Easter Egg Roll

This is a guest post by Rick. The White House website currently carries this message: On Monday April 9, 2012, the First Family will host the 134th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This year’s theme...
Bruce Springsteen

Springsteen Rocks Washington … in 1980

I suspect you’re checking out the blog this morning thinking, hmm … something looks different. Well, I spent the bulk of my posting time this past weekend cleaning up the new design of the site. The...
Smithsonian Castle in the 1870s (Shorpy)

The Smithsonian’s English Birth

Some of you may not be aware of this, but an Englishman, who had never set foot in America, provided the financial backing for the nation’s greatest museum: The Smithsonian Institution. James Smithson was a wealthy...
Warren Harding, half-length portrait, standing, facing front, gesturing with right hand

Our 29th President, Warren G. Harding

Warren G. Harding sure didn’t look like a friendly guy. In just about every photograph I see of him, he looks like he’s scowling. I dug through some Library of Congress photos and wanted to share...
Hirshhorn Museum construction 1972

All Eyes On The Hirshhorn, But It Wasn’t Always Pretty (Or Round)

This is a guest post by Aaron. Art fans will focus Thursday night on the outer walls of the Hirshhorn Museum.  Eleven video projectors will paint the Smithsonian’s modern and contemporary ring with 360 degrees of a...
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