May 27, 2017

Today in History: Los Angeles

Today in History–September 04–the Library of Congress features El Pueblo de la Reyna de Los Angeles (The Town of the Queen of the Angels) founded on this day in 1781. Located between the San Gabriel Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Los Angeles remained independent until it was taken in a bloodless effort by U.S. forces during the Mexican American War. Originally focused on agriculture, Los Angeles is now known as a center for tourism and the entertainment industry as well as trade, … [Read more...]

Today in History: Daniel Burnham

Today in History–September 04–the Library of Congress features architect Daniel Burnham, born on this day in 1846. Burnham and his partner, John Wellborn Root, were a central force in the Chicago School of Architecture, which focused on simplicity and functionality. Burnham created plans for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition as well as for the burgeoning city of Chicago. Learn more about this visionary architect by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access … [Read more...]