December 2, 2021

Today in History: December Posts

December 1 December 2 1955: Rosa Parks Arrested 1957: Stravinsky & Balanchine 1763: Touro Synagogue 1942: Nuclear Fission December 3 December 4 1818: Illinois 1875: William "Boss" Tweed December 5 December 6 1776: Phi Beta Kappa 1782: Martin Van Buren 1864: Salmon P. Chase 1884: Washington Monument December 7 December 8 1941: Air Raid on Peal Harbor 1879: … [Read more...]

Today in History: November Posts

November 1 November 2 1897: Library of Congress Building Opens 1882: Mary Todd Lincoln 1889: North Dakota & South Dakota November 3 November 4 1916: Eugene O'Neill & the Provincetown Players 1845: Uniform Presidential Election Day November 5 November 6 1884: James K. Polk 1861: Jefferson Davis November 7 November 8 1837: Elijah Lovejoy 1950: Hawaii 1861: Trent … [Read more...]

Today in History: October Posts

October 1 October 2 1903: World Series 1780: John André & Benedict Arnold 1967: Thurgood Marshall October 3 October 4 1790: Chief John Ross & the Cherokee Nation 1902: Anthracite Coal Strike 1822: Rutherford B. Hayes October 5 October 6 1877: Chief Joseph Surrenders 1866: Rails & Robbers October 7 October 8 1868: Cornell University 1979: Cowboys & Fall Roundup … [Read more...]

Today in History: September Posts

September 1 September 2 1773: Phillis Wheatley 1864: Fall of Atlanta 1885: Rock Springs Massacre 1935: George Gershwin & Gullah Culture September 3 September 4 1838: Frederick Douglass 1856: Louis H. Sullivan 1781: El Pueblo de la Reyna de Los Angeles 1846: Daniel Burnham September 5 September 6 1847: Jesse James 1882: First Labor Day 1860: Jane Addams & Hull House 1901: William … [Read more...]

Today in History: August Posts

August 1 August 2 1876: Colorado 1924: James Baldwin August 3 August 4 1492: Christopher Columbus 1753: George Washington, Master Mason August 5 August 6 1775: San Francisco, California 1858: Holmes Reaches Pikes Peak 1890: Cy Young August 7 August 8 1742: Nathanael Greene 1896: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings August 9 August 10 1814: Andrew Jackson … [Read more...]

Today in History: July Posts

July 1 July 2 1847: Postage Stamps 1898: The Rough Riders 1881: James A. Garfield July 3 July 4 1863: Battle of Gettysburg 1878: George M. Cohan 1776: Independence Day July 5 July 6 1810: P.T. Barnum & Circuses 1865: Salvation Army 1957: Althea Gibson & Tennis July 7 July 8 1906: Satchel Paige 1978: Solomon Islands 1932: Great Depression July 9 July … [Read more...]

Today in History: June Posts

June 1 June 2 1899: New York City's Finest 1921: Tulsa Race Massacre 1866: Grover Cleveland 1924: Indian Citizenship Act June 3 June 4 1864: Battle of Cold Harbor 1880: Bell's Photophone 1754: Fort Necessity & the French and Indian War 1919 Congress Approves 19th Amendment 1968: The Gish Sisters June 5 June 6 1851: Uncle Tom's Cabin 1756: John Trumbull 1944: D-Day June 7 June … [Read more...]

Today in History: Belva Lockwood

Today in History—November 30—the In Custodia Legis blog features lawyer Belva Lockwood, the became the first woman to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court on this day in 1880. In that case—Kaiser v. Stickney—she represented a local property owner in a debt dispute. Although Lockwood lost this case, she returned to the Supreme Court in 1906, at the age of 76, representing the Eastern and Emigrant Cherokees in the United States v. Cherokee Nation. This time her arguments prevailed and the Court … [Read more...]

Today in History: March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

Today in History–August 28–the Library of Congress features the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, held on this day in 1963. Around a quarter million people participated in this non-violent demonstration for civil rights seeking, among other things, equal access to public accommodations, decent housing, adequate and integrated education, the right to vote, and job training. The six primary organizers and organizations for the March were: James Farmer, National Director of the Congress of … [Read more...]

Today in History: Plymouth Colony

Today in History–October 4–the Library of Congress features Plymouth Colony. On October 4, 1636, the General Court of Plymouth Colony instituted a legal code that guaranteed citizens a trial by jury and laws made with the consent of freemen. Discover more by reviewing the Today in History section, then click the links below to access stories and primary sources. The Murder of Penowanyanquis and the Trial of Arthur Peach, Plymouth, 1638 Plymouth Colony images The Book of the General Laws … [Read more...]