March 19, 2019

Today in History: Cherry Blossoms

Today in History–March 27–the Library of Congress features Washington D.C.'s cherry trees. On this day in 1912 two Yoshino cherry trees were planted on the northern bank of the Potomac River Tidal Basin by First Lady Helen Herron Taft and the Viscountess Chinda, the Japanese ambassador's wife, to celebrate the Japanese government's gift of 3,000 trees to the United States (the Japanese gave 3,800 more trees in 1965). In addition to the Tidal Basin, trees were planted near the site of the … [Read more...]

Today in History: Mahalia Jackson

Today in History–October 26–the Library of Congress features Mahalia Jackson, born on this day in 1911. The "Queen of Gospel Song" performed at national venues and sang for four presidents in addition to singing "I've Been 'Buked and I Been Scorned" just before Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech during the 1963 march on Washington. If you have access to YouTube, you can hear Ms. Jackson sing that song and see footage of her singing another song at the 1963 civil rights … [Read more...]