December 13, 2017

Today in History: Sacramento, California

Today in History–November 25–the Library of Congress features Sacramento, California, a boom town during the mid-19th-century gold rush. By 1854 the city had become the state capital. Learn more about the city of Sacramento by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources. Pioneer Life in Sacramento from America's Library Sacramento maps Sacramento images In the Sacramento valley sheet music First-person narratives mentioning … [Read more...]

Today in History: Alaska

Today in History–November 20–the Library of Congress features the Alaska Highway, opened on this date in 1942. Originally known as the Alcan Highway, this 1,500-miles-long roadway connected Dawson Creek, British Columbia, to Fairbanks, Alaska. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more information and primary sources related to the great state of Alaska. Alaska stories from America's Library Alaska primary source set Alaska … [Read more...]

Today in History: Compromise of 1850

Today in History–September 20–the Library of Congress features the abolishment of the slave trade in Washington D.C., which was a feature of a legislative package known as the Compromise of 1850. Learn more by reading the Today in History section, then clicking the links below to access related primary & secondary sources. Compromise of 1850: American Treasures of the Library of Congress Compromise of 1850 timeline and select documents January 29, 1850 : Senator Henry Clay … [Read more...]

Today in History: Yugoslavia

Today in History–October 3–the Library of Congress features Yugoslavia, or the“Land of the South Slavs”, formed on this date in 1929. The kingdom included the regions of Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Macedonia. In the early 1990s, most of the countries had declared their independence; the last to become independent nations were Montenegro and Serbia in 2006. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access … [Read more...]

Today in History: Lawrence of Arabia

Today in History–May 19–TPS-Barat features Thomas Edward (T.E.) Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, who died in England on this date in 1935. An archaeological scholar from Oxford, Lawrence enlisted in World War I and was sent to the middle east because of his familiarity with the region. One newspaper proclaimed him to be the liberator of Arabia but the story may be more complicated. Click the links below to discover more. Thomas Edward Lawrence images Meetings of British, Arab, … [Read more...]

Today in History: Billy the Kid

Today in History–April 28–the Library of Congress features Billy the Kid, who killed two guards while making his escape from a New Mexico jail on this date in 1881. But was he a folk villain or hero? Find out more by visiting the Today in History April 28 section, then follow the primary source trail to uncover more perspectives on this infamous Wild West character. Billy the Kid Escaped from Jail from America's Library Young Gun Library of Congress blog April 20, 2015 The Authentic … [Read more...]

Today in History: Alfred Nobel Died

Today in History–December 10–TPS-Barat features Alfred Nobel, who died on this date in 1896. December 10 is the day that the Nobel prizes are awarded. Born in Sweden in 1833, Nobel was a technical whiz but also spoke several languages and wrote poetry and play scripts. The inventor of dynamite was also very interested in social issues. Learn more about Nobel and his legacy by reading this In Custodia Legis blog post–Alfred Nobel's Will: A Legal Document that Might Have Changed the World and a … [Read more...]

Today in History: Santa Catalina Island

Today in History–November 24–the Library of Congress features Santa Catalina Island, named on this date in 1602 by Spanish explorer Sebastián Vizcaíno. Known as Pimu by its native inhabitants, the island had previously been called San Salvador by its Spanish discoverer explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo. Find out more about this southern California island by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more related resources. Catalina Island image set 1877 Map … [Read more...]

Today in History: First Labor Day

Today in History–September 05–the Library of Congress features the first Labor Day, celebrated on this date in 1882. Organized by New York’s Central Labor Union, a representative group made up of from many local unions, the celebration featured a parade, picnic, concert, and speeches. This event inspired others around the country. In 1887 Oregon became the first state to declare Labor Day an official holiday and the federal government followed suit in 1894. Find out more by visiting … [Read more...]

Today in History: Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis

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...]