May 25, 2017

Today in History: Amos Alonzo Stagg

Today in History–September 16–the Library of Congress features college football coach Amos Alonzo Stagg, who announced his retirement at the age of 98 on this day in 1960. Stagg played football and baseball for Yale University before beginning his college coaching career, which included those two sports as well as basketball and track.  Visit the Today in History section to learn about the many football innovations devised by this University of Chicago coach, then click the links below to access … [Read more...]

Today in History: Jim Thorpe

Today in History–May 28–the Library of Congress features athlete Jim Thorpe, born on this day in 1888 in Indian Territory which is now Oklahoma. A double gold medalist (decathlon and pentathlon) at the 1912 Olympics and played baseball and football professionally. Learn more about the ups and downs of the man dubbed the "athlete of the century" by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access primary sources related to Jim Thorpe. Jim Thorpe image set Jim … [Read more...]

Today in History: B&O Railroad

Today in History–February 28–the Library of Congress features the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, which became the first U.S. railway chartered for transporting commercial freight and passengers on this day in 1827. The first track was 13 miles long and opened in 1830. Find out more about this groundbreaking railroad by visiting the Today in History section, then clicking the links below to access some fascinating primary sources. B & O Railroad image set Peter Cooper's Tom Thumb steam … [Read more...]