June 17, 2022

Today in History: Charles Julius Guiteau

Today in History–December 31–the Library of Congress features presidential assassin Charles Julius Guiteau. On this date in 1881, Guiteau penned a New Year's letter to his jailer while awaiting trial for the assassination of President James Garfield.  On July 2, 1881 Guiteau had shot the newly elected president who died seventy-nine days later of infections from the bullet wound. Guiteau's trial was a national sensation and one of the first insanity pleas entered in a court of law. Discover more … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: New Year’s

New Year images The day after short film New Year song recordings New Year sheet music New Year books & other texts New Year's books & articles New Year's Eve historical newspaper coverage New Year's Day historical newspaper coverage Select historical newspaper articles: Mummer's New Year Parade (modern-day Mummer's Parade info) Library New Year's blog posts Primary Sources for Musical Learning: Comparing Arrangements of Auld Lang Syne Teaching with the … [Read more...]