Tag: 1970s

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Three Other Things That Happened at the Watergate

Here are three other notable things that happened at the Watergate. The Reagans had to exit the building by candlelight because the power went out. There were bomb threats and a major protest of the Chicago Seven trial.

"Full size mockup of partial Metro station 1968" from Harry Weese Associates' 1994 book describing Metro's early plans.

Metro’s 17-Foot Long “Experimental Station” in 1968

WMATA spent $69,000 for the sample station in May 1968.  After just a few weeks of construction, it measured 64 feet in width, 30 feet in height, and just 17 feet in length.  It marked a key milestone in the capital subway project – a massive planning and engineering effort that started in the 1950s.

A Brief History of Brunch in D.C.

What is the history of brunch in Washington? The word dates back to 1895 and started appearing the the local papers in the early 20th century. Are you hungry?

Dulles Airport Hijacking

Arthur G. Barkley was an unemployed bread truck driver from Phoenix hijacked a Washington-bound TWA jet, demanding $100 million in ransom. He was distraught from losing his job, became embroiled in lawsuits against his employer, the Teamsters Union, and the

It’s 4:20 Somewhere

Hazy blue smoke surrounds the origins of the annual Fourth of July Smoke-In. Though it now takes place in Lafayette Square, across the barricaded street from the White House, it began on the Mall.

Congressman Wilbur Mills and exotic dancer Fanne Foxe speak with reporters outside Foxe’s dressing room in 1974. (Bettmann Archive via Getty Images)

Congressman and Exotic Dancer Sex Scandal

To sum up the bizarre incident, the Congressman’s Lincoln was pulled over the the wee hours around 2 a.m. by the park police near the Tidal Basin. Apparently Mills’ nose was bleeding and he had scratches on his face.

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Marijuana and Alcohol Consumed by Kids in Silver Spring

This is a bizarre and disappointing article that we dug up in The Washington Post. It was printed on April 2nd, 1977. Montgomery County school officials have learned that a small group of children–six sixth-graders and a third-grader–were smoking marijuana and

1980s Friendship Heights Metro Construction

Do you remember living in Washington during the 1970s? How about when the Metro was being built up along Wisconsin Avenue? We dug up this great old article in the Washington Post from January 26th, 1978. Here is a terrific

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