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Daily Photo (6/30/20) – Americanization, 1920

Photo — “Americanization, 1920”

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Washington, D.C., circa 1920. “Americanization class.” The main location for these citizenship classes was the old Central High School at Seventh and O streets. Thirty nations were represented, “Italy having the largest number,” according to a 1922 article in the Washington Post. “The Hebrews come second, with Greece third.” National Photo Company Collection glass negative. 

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Daily Video for June 30 – Charles Guiteau Executed

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The Execution of Charles Guiteau, Presidential Assassin

On June 30, 1882, the assassin of President James Garfield, Charles Guiteau was executed for his crime in Washington DC.

A disgruntled office seeker, Guiteau had been stalking the President for months seeking an appointment as the US Consul to Paris.  Rebuked for the final time, he ambushed and shot Garfield in the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station in Washington DC on July 2, 1881.  Garfield died 11 weeks later after extensive treatment by a large team of doctors.  These even included Alexander Graham Bell who tried using and early version of his telephone technology to find the bullets that struck the President.  It is believed that had the doctors followed simple antiseptic practices, new to the time, that Garfield may have survived his wounds.

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Infographic

The Meaning Behind Famous Symbols – Infographic

Famous Symbols & Their Meanings

We see symbols everywhere, and they have a language and meaning all their own.  From the more established (and famous) as shown below, to the emojis of today, we use symbols all the time to convey messages in a simple, concise way.  But where did some of these long-established and well-known symbols originate and what do they really mean?  [VIA]

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Daily Photo (6/29/20) – Animal Crossing, 1937

Photo — “Animal Crossing, 1937”

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February 1937. “During the flood, cows and chickens were moved to the highest ground possible. Near Cache, Illinois.” Aftermath of the Ohio River Valley flood. Photo by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration.

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Daily Video for June 29 – iPhone Released to the World

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The First iPhone is REleased in the US

On June 29, 2007, after months of waiting, the first iPhones are released for sale in the US.  The revolutionary phone from Apple included touchscreen controls similar to their iPod devices, with the capability of also being a strong telephone and Internet engine.  Running on a computer operating system similar to an Apple computer, these devices ushered in the era of the Smartphones, forever changing how people communicate.

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Inventors of Everyday Technology – Infographic

The Inventors of Everyday Technology

They’re the things we use everyday and often take for granted, but at one time, none of these things existed.  From potato chips to airplanes; indoor plumbing to cars, these technologies at one time were created and then perfected by someone, but who?  Today’s infographic takes a look at the people and things behind the tech we use every day of our lives.  [VIA]

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Daily Photo (6/26/20) – Berry Picking, 1909

Photo — “Berry Picking, 1909”

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July 1909. “Mrs. Bissie and family (Polish). Bottomley Farm, Rock Creek. They all work in the berry fields near Baltimore in summer and have worked at Biloxi, Mississippi, for two years.” Glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine. 

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Daily Video for June 26 – Berlin Airlift Begins

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Breaking the Berlin Blockade

On June 26, 1948 planes began flying over Soviet-controlled East Germany and dropping supplies into the city of West Berlin in what became known as the Berlin Airlift.

After the partition of Germany and its capital city after World War II, the allied controlled portion of Berlin was completely enveloped within Soviet controlled (and communist) East Germany.  The Soviets had blocked all access into the city by land and rail two days before in an effort to choke the Allied forces out, becoming one of the first conflicts in what would become the Cold War.  The blockade was lifted on May 12, 1949, but British and American planes continued to fly supplies into West Berlin until September 30 of that year.

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Infographic

The History of Space X – Infographic

Space X History

It’s been almost a month since Space X’s Falcon 9 rocket launched the first Americans into space from US soil since the end of the shuttle program — the first private rocket to do so.  How did Space X get to this point?  Today’s infographic takes a look at the history of the company and it’s various missions before the historic May 30 launch. [VIA]

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Daily Video for June 25 – Grand Reunion of 1913

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CIvil War Veterans 50th Anniversary Reunion

On June 25, 1913, Union and Confederate veterans begin arriving in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania for what will become known as the Grand Reunion, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.  Held from June 29-July 4th, over 53,000 veterans of the Civil War were in attendance, most camping in “field conditions” as they had during the war 50 years earlier.

Marked by several events, including a visit from President Woodrow Wilson, and a re-enactment of Pickett’s Charge by original participants, this was the largest Civil War encampment since the end of hostilities, and the largest reunion of veterans ever.  25 years later, another reunion would be held on the same field, the last of its kind.

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