July 28, 2015

Today in History: Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis

First official White House photograph of Mrs. John F. Kennedy

Today in History–July 28–the Library of Congress features Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, born on this date in 1929. One of the United States' most prominent first ladies, Kennedy focused on restoring the White House and was a great supporter of the arts. She was in the motorcade with President John F. Kennedy the day he was shot. In 1968 Kennedy married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. After his death in 1975, she launched a successful publishing career. Find out more by visiting … [Read more...]

Today in History: Poughkeepsie, New York

Poughkeepsie, N.Y,. Poughkeepsie Bridge

Today in History–July 26–the Library of Congress features Poughkeepsie, where New York voted to ratify the U.S. Constitution on this date in 1788. The city is located along the Hudson River about midway between New York City and Albany. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to Poughkeepsie. Poughkeepsie images Poughkeepsie maps Poughkeepsie Polka sheet music Foreign Affairs oral history mentions of … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Greece

Greece, physiography

Greece primary source set World Digital Library Greece maps Greece image set Videos and webcasts related to Greece Greek related American life histories Greece mentions in the Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection Veteran oral histories including service in Greece Greece sheet music Greek song recordings Historical newspaper coverage: Greece 1836-1922 Correspondence & reports related to Greece through 1899 Books related to Greece Articles FALQs: The … [Read more...]

Today in History: Ernest Hemingway

ernesthemingway

Today in History–July 21–the Library of Congress features writer Ernest Hemingway, born on this day in 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. Like his father, Hemingway was a hunting and outdoors enthusiast. Seeking adventure, he served as an ambulance driver in Italy in World War I, reported on the Spanish Civil War, and worked as a foreign correspondent in Europe during World War II. Hemingway received a Pulitzer Prize in 1953 for his novel The Old Man and the Sea and the Nobel Prize for Literature in … [Read more...]

Today in History: Spanish Civil War

Soldier kisses his son goodbye, Spain.

Today in History–July 17–the Library of Congress features the Spanish Civil War, which began on this date in 1936. Often considered a precursor to World War II, the military contest between left-wing forces and fascists attracted international involvement on both sides. The war lasted nearly three years and ended when  Nationalist troops led by Francisco Franco overcame Republic forces and entered Madrid. Franco's military dictatorship ruled Spain for nearly 40 years. Find out more  by … [Read more...]

Today in History: Bastille Day & the French Revolution

Vue brillante de l'aniversaire du 14 juillet 1801

Today in History–July 14–TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus features Bastille Day, which commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille in Paris, France on July 14, 1789. This action marked the beginning of the French Revolution. Find out more about these events by investigating a variety of primary and secondary sources linked to below. Opera Goes to the Bastille In the Muse blog July 14, 2011 Touring French History through Political … [Read more...]

Today in History: James McNeill Whistler

Photograph of a chalk drawing self-portrait by James McNeill Whistler

Today in History–July 10–TPS-Barat features  James McNeill Whistler, born on this date in 1834. This American artist spent time in St. Petersburg, Russia during his childhood and later in England and France, where he studied. Learn more about Whistler through these primary and secondary sources. James McNeill Whistler images & art Whistler’s Butterfly Picture This blog June 20, 2013 Joseph and Elizabeth Robins Pennell Collection of Whistleriana Freer and Sackler … [Read more...]

Today in History: Salvation Army

Salvation Army

Today in History–July 5–the Library of Congress features the Salvation Army, founded on this day in London in 1865 as the Christian Mission.  Methodist minister William Booth and his wife Catherine founded the organization to fight poverty and religious indifference with military efficiency. The organization was renamed the Salvation Army in 1878 and expanded to the United States in 1880; it now serves in more than 100 countries. Find out more by visiting the Today in History … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: John Philip Sousa

Stars and stripes forever

John Philip Sousa biography John Philip Sousa timeline John Philip Sousa and the Culture of Reassurance article The Sousa March: A Personal View article The March King: John Philip Sousa collection items Sousa’s Birthday NLS Music Notes blog November 13, 2014 Stars and Stripes Forever … Literally Library of Congress blog July 3, 2012 John Philip Sousa sheet music John Philip Sousa song recordings John Philip Sousa historical newspaper coverage … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: France

Carte de France

Country Profile: France Creating French Culture: Treasures from the Bibliothèque nationale de France online exhibition France in America bilingual digital library site France Allied with American Colonies February 6, 1778 from America's Library France primary source set World Digital Library France maps France image set French image set Films related to France France mentions in the Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection French American life … [Read more...]