This Day in History

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 The Washington Post 50 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...