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Historical Events in America

Nothing has captured the important historical events in America’s past like the nation’s newspapers. From eye-witness accounts of historical events to in-depth profiles of the country’s leaders, thinkers and trend-setters, you will find something here to interest and inform you.

A newspaper article about the Hindenburg disaster, published in the Trenton Evening Times (Trenton, New Jersey), 6 May 1937. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “How to Research Old Newspaper Headlines for Family History.” blog.genealogyban...

How to Research Old Newspaper Headlines for Family History

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Painting: an imaginative depiction of the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, by J. Mund. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Deadly Duel: Vice President Burr Kills Alexander Hamilton.” blog.genealogyban...

Deadly Duel: Vice President Burr Kills Alexander Hamilton

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Portrait of Alexander Hamilton, by John Trumbull. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Deadly Duel: Vice President Burr Kills Alexander Hamilton.” blog.genealogyban...

Deadly Duel: Vice President Burr Kills Alexander Hamilton

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A photo of the US Royal Tire Ferris Wheel from the 1964 World’s Fair. Credit: Gary W. Clark. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “1964 World’s Fair: History, Photos & Memorabilia.” blog.genealogyban...

1964 World’s Fair: History, Photos & Memorabilia

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A photo of Tyrannosaurs Rex exhibit from the 1964 World’s Fair. Credit: Gary W. Clark. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “1964 World’s Fair: History, Photos & Memorabilia.” blog.genealogyban...

1964 World’s Fair: History, Photos & Memorabilia

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A photo of “It’s a Small World” from the 1964 World’s Fair. Credit: Gary W. Clark. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “1964 World’s Fair: History, Photos & Memorabilia.” blog.genealogyban...

1964 World’s Fair: History, Photos & Memorabilia

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A photo of the1964 World’s Fair Unisphere. Credit: Gary W. Clark. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “1964 World’s Fair: History, Photos & Memorabilia.” blog.genealogyban...

1964 World’s Fair: History, Photos & Memorabilia

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A photo of the 1964-65 World’s Fair. Credit: Doug Coldwell. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “1964 World’s Fair: History, Photos & Memorabilia.” blog.genealogyban...

1964 World’s Fair: History, Photos & Memorabilia

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Front-page news about the 1933 Long Beach Earthquake, published in the Evening Tribune newspaper (San Diego, California), 11 March 1933. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “How to Research Your Genealogy with Google & Newspapers.” blog.genealogyban...

How to Research Your Genealogy with Google & Newspapers

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A photo of Charles Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St. Louis” airplane on display at the National Air and Space Museum. Credit: Ad Meskens; Wikipedia. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “21 May 1927: Charles Lindbergh’s Daring Solo Plane Flight.” blog.genealogyban...

21 May 1927: Charles Lindbergh’s Daring Solo Plane Flight

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Front-page news about Charles Lindbergh’s historic first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean, published in the Augusta Chronicle newspaper (Augusta, Georgia), 22 May 1927. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “21 May 1927: Charles Lindbergh’s Daring Solo Plane Flight.” blog.genealogyban...

21 May 1927: Charles Lindbergh’s Daring Solo Plane Flight

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A photo of Charles Lindbergh standing in front of his plane “Spirit of St. Louis.” Credit: Library of Congress. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “21 May 1927: Charles Lindbergh’s Daring Solo Plane Flight.” blog.genealogyban...

21 May 1927: Charles Lindbergh’s Daring Solo Plane Flight

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A newspaper article about the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, which ruled that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional, published in the Advocate newspaper (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), 18 May 1954. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “17 May 1954: Supreme Court Rules against School Segregation.” blog.genealogyban...

17 May 1954: Supreme Court Rules against School Segregation

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A photo of Herbert Hamrol, a survivor of the 1906 earthquake who was 102 years old in 2005, published in the Register Star newspaper (Rockford, Illinois), 18 April 2005. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Researching the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 in the News.” blog.genealogyban...

A photo of San Francisco burning during the 1906 earthquake; view from the St. Francis Hotel. Credit: Library of Congress. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Researching the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 in the News.” blog.genealogyban...

Researching the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 in the News

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A lithograph by Currier & Ives of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, 1865. Source: Library of Congress. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Assassination of President Lincoln: History of an Epic Tragedy.” blog.genealogyban...

Assassination of President Lincoln: History of an Epic Tragedy

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Front-page news about President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dying in office, published in the Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), 13 April 1945. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “69th Anniversary: President Franklin D. Roosevelt Died in Office.” blog.genealogyban...

69th Anniversary: President Franklin D. Roosevelt Died in Office

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A newspaper article about the McLean House in Appomattox Court House, Virginia, the place where Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, published in the Dallas Morning News (Dallas, Texas), 22 February 1903. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “149th Anniversary: Civil War Ends with Lee’s Surrender to Grant.” blog.genealogyban...

149th Anniversary: Civil War Ends with Lee’s Surrender to Grant

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A newspaper article about the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, published in the Boston Herald (Boston, Massachusetts), 10 April 1865. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “149th Anniversary: Civil War Ends with Lee’s Surrender to Grant.” blog.genealogyban...

149th Anniversary: Civil War Ends with Lee’s Surrender to Grant

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A newspaper’s front page announcing the news of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, published in the Record American (Boston, Massachusetts), 5 April 1968. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “46th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Assassination.” blog.genealogyban...

46th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Assassination

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A newspaper article about the Senate confirmation hearings for Janet Reno to become the nation’s first female attorney general, published in the Trenton Evening Times (Trenton, New Jersey), 10 March 1993. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “11 March 1993: Janet Reno Becomes 1st Female U.S. Attorney General.” blog.genealogyban...

A photo of the Beatles arriving in America, 7 February 1964. Source: UPI photo. Credit: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Beatlemania Comes to America!” blog.genealogyban...

Beatlemania Comes to America! (7 February 1964)

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A photo of the Confederate battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Civil War’s Last Rebel Town Finally Rejoined the Union—in 1946!”