In 1901, following the assassination of President William McKinley, Congress requested that the Service begin providing protection for the Chief Executive. The next year, protecting the president becomes a formal operational role. Pictured, two Secret Service agents at the Roosevelt home in Oyster Bay, N.Y., 1908.
The Secret Service was formally established in 1865 as part of the Treasury Department, tasked with suppressing counterfeit currency, a rampant problem during and after the Civil War. According to lore, the bill authorizing the agency was on Lincoln’s desk the night of his assassination. Pictured, a group of early agents (undated).
Pinkerton, a former Chicago police detective who founded the Pinkerton National Detective Agency in 1850, foiled an alleged plot against newly elected President Abraham Lincoln as he travelled to his first inaugural. Pictured, Pinkerton (at left) with President Lincoln and General John McClernand, 1862.
A sign expressing regret for Hurricane Camille's destruction lies on a pile of rubble in Waveland, Miss., that used to be a post office. August 1969
In 1915 Della Crewe and her dog Trouble decided to see the USA by motoring from Waco to NYC. Amazingly enough she made it. She drove a total distance of 5,378 miles. On a Harley-Davidson.
Archduke Franz Ferdinand (seated, in hat) and his wife, Sophie, on the day they were assassinated, Sarajevo, June 28, 1914.
"Shacks, put up by the Bonus Army on the Anacostia flats, Washington, D.C., burning after the battle with the military. The Capitol in the b...
The original owner of the Prussian Diamond Tiara was Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia, the only daughter and the last child of William II, German Emperor and Empress Augusta Victoria. The tiara was a gift from her father for her wedding to HRH Prince Ernest Augustus of Hanover on May 24, 1913. She is the grandmother of Queen Sofia of Spain, and ex-King Constantine of Greece. royalti, tiara, queen victoria, princess viktoria, victoria louis, royal jewel, 1913, viktoria luis, belle epoque
1913 (24 May) Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia and Prince Ernst August of Hanover by Sandau
FDR, Harry Hopkins, Edward Stettinius and Molotov at Saki Airport, Russia enroute to Yalta. February 3, 1945.
Eleanor Roosevelt greeted by King George and Queen Elizabeth at Paddington Station upon arrival in England. Malvina Thompson in background. October 23, 1942.
Cleveland welcomes LBJ! -from the LBJ Library, Photo ID 12-18-WH64. 10/8/64.
On 2 July 1942, most of the children of Lidice, a small village in what was then Czechoslovakia, were handed over to the Łódź Gestapo office. Those 82 children were then transported to the extermination camp at Chełmno 70 kilometers away. There they were gassed to death. This remarkable sculpture by by Marie Uchytilová commemorates them.
June 25, 1938: FDR Signs the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 / Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), abolishing child labor and establishing the 40-hour work week, a national minimum wage, and “time and a half” overtime pay. This final piece of New Deal legislation has been amended over 20 times both to raise the minimum wage and extend the law’s protections to historically oppressed groups. fair labor, minimum wage, labor standard, 1908 photo
"Glassworks. Midnight. Location: Indiana" 1908 Photo
pbsthisdayinhistory: June 26, 1948: U.S. Begins the Berlin Airlift On this day in 1948, U.S and allied forces began to deliver food and supplies to Berlin by airplane. After the Soviet Union barricaded all land and sea entrances into the city of Berlin, the United States began to drop supplies by airplane. In total, nearly 1,500 tons of supplies were needed daily for the nearly 2 million people in the city. Within weeks, allied forces were delivering an average of 2,500 tons of supplies into the city daily. Read more about the events leading to the Berlin Airlift. Photo: Berliners watching a C-54 land at Berlin Tempelhof Airport, 1948 (United States Air Force Historical Research Agency via Cees Steijger). war year, june 26, berlin airlift, cold war
June 26, 1948: U.S. Begins the Berlin Airlift
People sit on the curb amongst the confetti, tickertape and paper from the parade celebrating the end of WWII in NYC on VJ Day. August 14, 1...