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Washington Senators Move to Los Angeles in 1957
Did you know the Washington Senators almost moved to Los Angeles in 1957? This amazing and true story would have changed the outlook of baseball on both coasts.
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Three Homes for Sale 70 Years Ago
These three homes in DC, MD and VA were for sale exactly 70 years ago today on December 29th, 1951. Take a look to see how they have changed (or not).
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When Did the Washington Post Launch a Website?
The Washington Post launched their first website in June 1996 after a failed attempt at online news called Digital Ink.
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Celebrating the 89th Anniversary of the Washington Senators Opening Game at Griffith Stadium
Celebrate the 89th anniversary of the Washington Senators opening game at Griffith Stadium against the New York Yankees. Read more about the game, Walter Johnson, Lou Gehrig, and Babe Ruth's 1925 season!
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It Was So Cold 130 Years Ago, You Could Skate On The Potomac River
It was so cold 130 years ago, you could skate on the Potomac River! We dug up some old stories about the misery of winter and found some good stuff about the freezing temperatures causing problems all over the city. Read on to learn more!
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Exploring Alexandria History: A Look at the Front Page of the Alexandria Gazette 110 Years Ago
Take a look back in time with us as we explore Alexandria history with a peek at the front page of the Alexandria Gazette exactly 110 years ago, on January 2nd, 1904. See the original page from the Library of Congress.
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Celebrating the New Year: A Look Back at a 1925 White House Reception
Celebrate the New Year with a look back at a 1925 White House reception. See a photo of a group of military officers visiting the White House 89 years ago today.
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This Was the Front Page of The Washington Herald 100 Years Ago Today
Take a look back in time with this amazing piece of history - the front page of The Washington Herald, exactly 100 years ago today. Source: Library of Congress.
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Merry Christmas GoDCers: Revisiting the Christmas Day Front Pages of 1913 Washington
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the front pages of The Washington Times and The Washington Herald in 1913. GoDCers, have a Merry Christmas and take a look back at what the holiday looked like in DC a century ago!
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Remembering President Kennedy and the National Symphony Orchestra Before the Kennedy Center Opening
The National Symphony Orchestra performed at D.A.R. Constitution Hall prior to the opening of the Kennedy Center. Read about President Kennedy's connection to the Orchestra and see an advertisement from The Washington Post, printed on November 22nd, 1963.
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50 Years Ago Today: The Debate Over the Debt Ceiling
50 years ago today, this headline in The Washington Post was apropos. Though today's rancor over the debt ceiling is far worse, it's a reminder of where we came from. Our debt ceiling is now close to $17 trillion.
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A Look Back: A Delta Airlines Advertisement from November 1963
Take a look back at a Delta Airlines advertisement from the November 22nd, 1963 edition of The Washington Post. You could fly from Friendship (now BWI) to Houston for only $81.15 plus tax!
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The Powerful Prayer Published in The Washington Post on November 22nd, 1963
On the day President Kennedy was assassinated, a prayer was printed in The Washington Post asking for patience and light in the midst of sorrow. Read this powerful story and its foreshadowing of the tragedy to come.
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Exploring the Regular, Average Things from the Day JFK was Assassinated
Everyone's talking about JFK's 50th anniversary of assassination, but have you heard the stories of the regular, average things that happened that day? Get a look at the front pages of the Washington Post on November 22nd and 23rd, 1963.
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The Same Frustrations 100 Years Ago: An Article from The Washington Post on November 8th, 1913
Interesting, and yet things never change. Read an article from The Washington Post written 100 years ago today, which speaks to the same frustrations many express today about US-Mexico relations.
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John Wilkes Booth's Acting Debut at Ford's Theatre
On November 2nd, 1863, John Wilkes Booth made his acting debut at Ford's Theatre. Check out this advertisement from the Daily National Republican and learn more about Booth's debut in Baltimore on our sister site.
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50 Years Ago Today: The Washington Post Ad for Capitol Park Townhouses
50 years ago today, The Washington Post printed an advertisement for Capitol Park Townhouses. Today, the same area is unrecognizable due to developers modernizing it with brutalist, Soviet-like buildings.
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25 Years Later: A Look at an Old Real Estate Ad From 1988
Take a look back in time to an old classified advertisement from The Washington Post from exactly 25 years ago. See what homes were available and the interest rates that were charged in 1988.
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March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom: A Look Back at the Liquor Ban on August 28, 1963
Learn about the liquor ban enacted on August 28, 1963 to mark the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Discover what Washingtonians were told about traffic, transit, telework, and more for the momentous event.
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Explore the Front Page of the Washington Times from May 17th, 1912
Take a trip back in time and explore the front page of the Washington Times from May 17th, 1912. See what news was important to readers at the time, and uncover a piece of history from over 100 years ago!
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Analysing the Washington Times of May 16th, 1912 - Roosevelt's Sure Nomination
Explore the Washington Times of May 16th, 1912, and the sure nomination of Theodore Roosevelt in the presidential election of 1912. Learn more about this historic event and the newspaper's coverage.
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Revisiting the Epic 1912 Presidential Election Between Taft and Roosevelt Through the Pages of the Washington Times
Get a glimpse into the epic 1912 presidential election between Taft and Roosevelt through the pages of the Washington Times from May 15th, 101 years ago. See the front and back page of the newspaper from that day.
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In the Paper: Washington Times - Evening Edition - May 14th, 1912
Take a step back in time and explore the May 14th, 1912 edition of the Washington Times with our "In the Paper" installment. View the front and back pages to gain insight into the events of 101 years ago.
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Relive the Past: View the Washington Times from May 13th, 1912
Take a trip back in time and view the front and back page of the Washington Times from the week of May 13th, 1912, exactly 101 years ago. Click on the images to see a larger version and read the paper.
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96 Year Anniversary of the Alexandria Gazette & Reintroduction of Portner's Beer
96 years ago yesterday, the Alexandria Gazette ran an ad for Portner's Beer. The descendants of Robert Portner are now reviving the brand as a brewhouse in Alexandria. Support the local beer scene and help Catherine and Margaret Portner with their Indiegogo campaign!
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100 Years Ago Today: Captain A.H. Rostron Awarded Congressional Medal at White House
100 years ago today, Captain A.H. Rostron was presented with a Congressional Medal in the East Room of the White House by President Taft for "acts of unusual heroism." Read our post to learn more about the award and the Titanic connection to President Taft.
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150 Years Ago Today: An Advertisement for Soldiers Published in the Daily National Republican
150 years ago today, an advertisement for soldiers was published in the Daily National Republican. See the ad, plus an interesting warning notice about fraudulent tickets being sold!
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Exploring the Sports Page of the Washington Times on November 2nd, 1906
On Friday, November 2nd, 1906, explore the sports page of the Washington Times in this nostalgic look back into history. See what sports were popular over a century ago!
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Introducing the Ghosts of DC's 'In the Paper' Category: Our First Newspaper Page from 1912
Introducing the Ghosts of DC's new 'In the Paper' category. We kick it off with a newspaper page from 1912. See it in high resolution and join the community discussion below!
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The Hadleigh Apartments: A Luxurious New Apartment Hotel in Washington, DC in 1919
In 1919, construction began on the luxurious Hadleigh Apartments in Washington, DC. Learn about the $2,000,000 building, the mortgage, and the major bus accident that happened nearby.
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