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Shark Attacks in the Potomac in 1911?
In the early 20th century there was a somewhat corroborated rumor of shark attacks in the Potomac River. Read the unbelievable story.
Two elderly convention attendees in 1916 (Library of Congress)
1916 Convention of Former Slaves in Washington
In 1916, a convention of former slaves were invited to Washington, DC. President Woodrow Wilson was invited to speak, but did not attend.
HWA recommendation for the vehicle color - glossy red
Metro Trains Were Almost Bright Red!
Washington Metro cars were almost bright red. Early mockups had the trains looking tomato red.
Willie McCover 1974 Topps Washington "Nat'l Lea"
San Diego Padres Move to Washington for 1974 Season
Can you believe the San Diego Padres almost moved to DC? In fact, it was approved, and ready to go. And then, it didn't happen. Read on to learn why.
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Babe Ruth Runs Into Wall; Knocked Unconscious
I can guarantee you will never see a player do this today. Babe Ruth was knocked unconscious for five whole minutes and stayed in the game, going 3 for 3 ... AND played the second game of a double header. A player gets pulled today for a hangnail.
Murder Bay in 1855 (Smithsonian)
Where Was Murder Bay in Washington, DC?
If you’re the kind of person that thinks walking home from Wonderland is sketchy, needs bars on your windows in Eckington or believes Petworth is a “fringe” neighborhood, you wouldn’t stand a chance in Murder Bay.
Anti-Saloon League slogan
March for Prohibition: "Lips That Touch Liquor Shall Never Touch Mine"
Explore the Temperance movement's fight against alcohol in the U.S., where 'lips that touch liquor' spurred a historic march and the eventual Prohibition era.
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Senior Prom at the White House
Susan’s final years of high school lined up perfectly with her father’s rise to the Oval Office. Partly for security, but more likely for the awesome factor, she hosted the senior prom at her house … the White House.
Abraham Lincoln colorized (1865)
Abraham Lincoln in Color
Explore the vivid details of Abraham Lincoln's era through colorized photos that bring clarity and connection to one of America's most revered Presidents.
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If You're a D.C. History Nerd, You'll Find This Fascinating: A Look at the Capitol in 1814
Are you a D.C. history nerd? Check out this fascinating production from UMBC's Imaging Research Center that takes a look at what the Capitol looked like in 1814. The voiceover is a little dry, but follow along and watch the whole thing. It's very interesting!

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