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What happened today in Washington, D.C. history? Find out by checking Ghosts of DC.

1925 Washington Senators

Senators Demolish the Yankees in 1925 Home Opener at Griffith Stadium

We found this great composite of photos summarizing the opening game for the Washington Senators against the New York Yankees at Griffith Stadium, on April 22, 1925 – 89 years ago last week! This was the...

Record Low Temperatures 130 Years Ago

You think it’s cold today? Well, it is … but 130 years ago, there were some record freezing temperatures causing problems all over the city. We went through the papers to dig up some old stories...
The Alexandria Gazette - January 2nd, 1904

Front Page News 110 Years Ago Today

Here is the front page of the Alexandria Gazette, exactly 110 years ago today, January 2nd, 1904. Source: Library of Congress
Army Officers at New Year reception, [Washington, D.C.], 1/1/25

Military Officers Celebrate New Year’s at White House

Happy New Year! I hope 2014 is a great year for you and all GoDCers … while you recover from whatever you did last night, check out this old photo from January 1st, 1925. It shows...
Washington Herald - January 1st, 1914

Front Page News – January 1st, 1914

This was the front page of The Washington Herald, exactly 100 years ago today. Source: Library of Congress

Washington Celebrates Christmas in 1913

One hundred years ago today, these two images were the front pages of The Washington Times and The Washington Herald, respectively. Merry Christmas GoDCers! Have a great, relaxing time around the tree with your families. Source: Library...

Kennedy and the National Symphony Orchestra

Before the Kennedy Center opening, the National Symphony Orchestra would perform at D.A.R. Constitution Hall. Below is an advertisement from The Washington Post, printed on November 22nd, 1963 with a quote from President Kennedy.

Senate Raises Debt Ceiling to $315 Billion

This is a headline that’s still apropos today. Though, I’ll go out on a limb here and say that the rancor is far worse today when debating the debt ceiling. This was in┬áThe Washington Post┬á50 years...
Delta Airlines advertisement

Fly to Houston on Delta

This is an advertisement in The Washington Post, from November 22nd, 1963. You could fly to Houston from Friendship (now BWI) for only $81.15 plus tax.
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 block at the top right of the page and I nearly missed...

A Regular Friday Morning 50 Years Ago

Everyone else is going to be covering the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination and there will be no shortage of stories about it. Here at Ghosts of DC, we want to shed some light on the...
President Wilson and his Cabinet

Administration Secrecy Gives Rise to Anxiety and False Reports (1913)

Interesting, and yet things never change. I don’t know if that makes you feel better or worse … but, here’s an article written in┬áThe Washington Post, exactly 100 years ago today. This article speaks to the...
portrait of John Wilkes Booth

John Wilkes Booth Makes His Acting Debut at Ford’s Theatre

Before he committed his heinous act at Ford’s Theatre, John Wilkes Booth actually performed on stage. On Monday, November 2nd, 1863, he made his acting debut at Ford’s Theatre. Below is an advertisement that we found...
Capitol Park Townhouses advertisement

50 Years Ago Today: Capitol Park Townhouses Advertisement

This is an advertisement from┬áThe Washington Post, printed on Wednesday, October 23rd, 1963 — exactly 50 years ago today. It’s so sad that developers destroyed basically all of southwest to “modernize it” with these brutalist, Soviet-looking...

Cost of Buying a House in the District, 25 Years Ago Today

Look at this old classified advertisement from The Washington Post from exactly 25 years ago. This was printed on Friday, October 21st, 1988 and if you were the one who purchased one of these homes, you probably are...

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 Metro trains. As crowds celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on...
front page of the Washington Times - May 17th, 1912

May 17th, 1912: Two Cranks Call to See President Taft

Here’s the Thursday edition of “In the Paper” for May 17th, 1912.
front page of the Washington Times - May 16th, 1912

May 16th, 1912: More Baldheaded Women Than Men, Says Authority

Also of interest in this edition is Roosevelt being sure of his nomination.