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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.

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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).

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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.

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Every war brings new advances in battlefield technology, and among the many developments from 1914 to 1918 was the combat debut of the armor...

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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

The S.S. Ancon leaves the west chamber of the Gatun upper locks and enters Gatun Lake along the Panama Canal in this August 15, 1914

The Panama Canal Celebrates 100 Years

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...

President Eisenhower throws out the first ball at a game between the New York Yankees and the Washington Senators at Griffith Stadium in Was...

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.

Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and Princess Anne, 1950s

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...