August 18, 2018

Primary Source Spotlight: V-E Day & V-J Day

V-E Day celebrates the Allied World War II victory in Europe and V-J Day the victory over Japan.V-E Day image setV-J Day image setV-E Day historical newspaper coverageV-J Day historical newspaper coverageLegislationA concurrent resolution to pay tribute to the American Veterans of World War II on the 40th anniversary of V-E Day H.Con.Res.141, 99th Congress (1985-1986) Recognizing the 60th anniversary of Victory in Europe (V-E) Day during World War II H.Res.233, 109th … [Read more...]

Today in History: Coca-Cola

Today in History–May 8–the Library of Congress features the soft drink Coca-cola, first sold  on this day in 1886 at Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia.  This carbonated beverage soon became a favorite in the United States; the company sales were around 100 million by the late 1890s. Learn more about the history of this iconic soda by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access primary sources related to the drink we call Coke today.The First Coca-cola … [Read more...]

Today in History: Zachary Taylor

Today in History–May 8–the Library of Congress features Zachary Taylor, who led U.S. troops to defeat the Mexican army in a two-day battle at Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma on this day in 1846. Two years later he became president of the United States but his term was short; he died in office after serving only 16 months. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources about this general and 12th U.S. president.Illustrated … [Read more...]