This Day in History

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

March 25th, 1907: Prime Quality Portner’s Beer in Alexandria, VA

Here's a page from the Alexandria Gazette and Virginia Advertiser from Monday, March 25th, 1907, exactly 96 years ago yesterday (I should have posted...
Washington Times - March 1st, 1913

March 1st, 1913: Titanic Hero Honored at White House

One hundred years ago today, exactly at 2:15 p.m. (when we published this post), Captain A.H. Rostron was awarded a Congressional Medal in the...
advertisement for soldiers in the Daily National Republican on February 7th, 1863

February 7th, 1863: Notice to Sick and Wounded Soldiers

Exactly 150 years ago, today, this was an advertisement published in the Daily National Republican (though it seems the ad itself dates to December...
Washington Times - November 2nd, 1906 - page 12

November 2nd, 1906: High School Football Player’s Amateur Status Questioned

On Friday, November 2nd, 106 years ago, this was the sports page of the Washington Times.
The Washington Times - October 31st, 1912 - page 8

October 31st, 1912: Halloween Spirit Pervades All Parts of the Capital

Today we're kicking off a new Ghosts of DC category called "In the Paper," where we will post an entire page from an old...
Harmon Killebrew 1956 Topps baseball card

Washington Senators Move to Los Angeles in 1957

We're a little late on this, but ... this day in history (minus 12 days), 56 years ago, the Baltimore Sun reported a rumor...
The New Hadleigh Apartments - August 9th, 1919 (Washington Times)

This Day in History: Birth of the Camden Roosevelt

Washington Times, August 9th, 1919 A new $2,000,000 apartment hotel is to be erected at once on the property bounded by Sixteenth street, New Hampshire...
French assault Germans in trench warfare

This Day in History: The Great War Delays D.C. School Opening

This is an interesting article from the Washington Times, dated August 8th, 1914, exactly 98 years ago today. World War I (i.e., the Great...
"Tilden or Blood" by Thomas Nast in Harper's weekly - Febuary 17th 1877 (Wikipedia)

Election Day 1876: Shakespeare at the National, Real Estate Listings and...

If you're a history buff -- and a presidential history buff -- you're well aware of the 1876 U.S. Presidential election. This is not...
Lusitania sinking off the coast of Ireland (Ken Marschall)

Book a Crossing on the Lusitania: The Fastest and Largest Steamer...

This is another haunting discover, much like the advertisement I uncovered for the Titanic (also, read about the notable DC resident that went down...

100 Years Ago Today: Major Archibald Butt, D.C. Resident, Boards Titanic...

This post went up at exactly 8 a.m. this morning local time, which is twelve noon Greenwich Mean Time. Exactly 100 years ago at this very...
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...
National Airline advertisement in the Washington Post (1955)

This Day in History: National Airlines Advertisement on March 8th, 1955

We haven't done a "This Day in History" post in a while, so here is one from 1955. I found an old ad in...
Back to the Future (Wikipedia)

This Day in History: Marty McFly and Back to the Future

Okay, this isn't a true "This Day in History," but since I'm such a Back to the Future fan boy, I thought it would...
White House callers on January 24th, 2012

100 Years Ago: Who Visited the White House?

For the next "This Day in History" post, I came across this list of White House visitors for January 24th, 1912. A long list...
J.E.B. Stuart

125 Years Ago: The Marriage of J.E.B. Stuart’s Daughter

The Baltimore Sun on January 6th, 1887 has a notice of the Waller-Stuart wedding, which happened the day prior in Staunton, VA. This of...

100 Years Ago: President and Mrs. Taft Dine at Knox Residence

An interesting society section article in the Washington Post from January 5th, 1912 (I know I'm a day late. I started this last night...
Jackie Kennedy

First Lady Jackie Kennedy Named 1961’s Best Dressed Woman in the...

50 years ago today, on January 5th, 1962, Jackie Kennedy was named the best dressed woman in the world for the second year in...