Moments in Time
"History is a symphony of echoes heard and unheard. It is a poem with events as verses."
On December 24, 1851 the largest fire in Library of Congress history destroyed 35,000 books, about two–thirds of the Library’s 55,000 book collection, including two–thirds of Jefferson’s original transfer. Congress in 1852 quickly appropriated 168,700 dollars to replace the lost books, but not for the acquisition of new materials.
The original Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the song that would become our national anthem, is among the most treasured artifacts in the collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. ... AND WE'VE SEEN IT! ;)
It's been half a century since three inmates pulled off a Houdini-like escape from America's most foreboding maximum security prison, Alcatraz, in San Francisco Bay. On the night of June 11, 1962, Frank Lee Morris and brothers Clarence and John Anglin climbed through spoon-dug tunnels to escape the 'The Rock', launching themselves into choppy seas on a raft made of rubber raincoats. The fugitives - all bank robbers - were never found despite one of the biggest-scale manhunts in history.
In this photo, the arm and torch of the Statue of Liberty have been staged in Madison Square Park. These portions of the Statue were exhibited there as part of the fund raising effort for the building the base. The arm and torch remained in the park from 1876 through 1882. In 1885 fund raising efforts were at a standstill, until a push from Joseph Pulitzer garnered nearly 120,000 donations, enabling the completion of the pedestal and the assembly of the Statue of Liberty on Bedloe's Island.
March 23, 1775 - Patrick Henry, speaking at St. John’s Church, concluded his remarks with these words: “Gentlemen may cry: peace! peace! but there is no peace. The war is actually begun. Is life so dear, or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains & slavery? No! Forbid it Almighty God. I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
Many American GIs took a heart shield bible with them into combat. The bibles were sent to them by loved ones. Most consisted of the new testament covered with metal plates and were kept in a soldier's shirt pocket, over his heart. The intent, of course, being to stop an enemy's bullet from striking their heart. Below is an example of a heart shield bible used during World War II.
Time Passing by Tyrebagger on Flickr
Seabiscuit, War Admiral Racing to the Finish - 1938. In the greatest match race in history, Seabiscuit, on the inside and ridden by George Woolf, tears away from War Admiral, ridden by Charlie Kurtsinger. Seabiscuit finished four lengths ahead of the Admiral in Baltimore on Nov. 1, 1938.
Wright Brothers First Flight, 1903 - Orville and Wilbur Wright's first recorded flight caught exclusively by British Pathé in 1903. On December 17, news came through that two brothers had flown a curious air machine for more than a minute. To the sceptics, this footage proved that it was true.