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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.


Historical Events in America

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Illustration: RMS Titanic. Credit: Boris Lux, Lux’s Type Collection, ocean liners; Wikimedia Commons. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “103rd Anniversary of the Sinking of the Titanic.” blog.genealogyban...

103rd Anniversary of the Sinking of the Titanic

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Equal Rights Amendment (ERA): “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Congress Passed the Amendment for Women’s Equal Rights in 1972.” blog.genealogyban...

Congress Passed the Amendment for Women’s Equal Rights in 1972

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An article about the shooting of ex-Beatle John Lennon, published in the Daily Advocate newspaper (Stamford, Connecticut), 9 December 1980. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “34th Anniversary of Ex-Beatle John Lennon’s Death.” blog.genealogyban...

34th Anniversary of Ex-Beatle John Lennon’s Death

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An article about the shooting of ex-Beatle John Lennon, published in the Centre Daily Times newspaper (State College, Pennsylvania), 9 December 1980. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “34th Anniversary of Ex-Beatle John Lennon’s Death.” blog.genealogyban...

34th Anniversary of Ex-Beatle John Lennon’s Death

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An article about the shooting of ex-Beatle John Lennon, published in the Boston Herald newspaper (Boston, Massachusetts), 9 December 1980. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “34th Anniversary of Ex-Beatle John Lennon’s Death.” blog.genealogyban...

34th Anniversary of Ex-Beatle John Lennon’s Death

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Photo of John Lennon performing with the Beatles in 1964. Credit: VARA; Wikimedia Commons. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “34th Anniversary of Ex-Beatle John Lennon’s Death.” blog.genealogyban...

34th Anniversary of Ex-Beatle John Lennon’s Death

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Photo of the Lincoln Address Memorial, designed by Louis Henrick, with bust of Abraham Lincoln by Henry Kirke Bush-Brown, erected at the Gettysburg National Cemetery in 1912. Credit: CJC47; Wikimedia Commons. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Gettysburg Address: Abraham Lincoln’s Monumental Speech.” blog.genealogyban...

Gettysburg Address: Abraham Lincoln’s Monumental Speech

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Photo of President Abraham Lincoln, 8 November 1863, 11 days before delivering the Gettysburg Address. Credit: Alexander Gardner; Wikimedia Commons. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Gettysburg Address: Abraham Lincoln’s Monumental Speech.” blog.genealogyban...

Gettysburg Address: Abraham Lincoln’s Monumental Speech

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Painting: “American Infantry Attacks at Lundy’s Lane,” by Alonzo Chappell, 1859. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Old Obituary Tells War of 1812 Veteran’s Story.” blog.genealogyban...

Old Obituary Tells War of 1812 Veteran’s Story

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Photo of the SS Ancon passing through the Panama Canal on 15 August 1914, the first ship to use the canal. Source: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs division. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “100th Anniversary of the Panama Canal: History in the News.” blog.genealogyban...

Photo of American flags flying at half staff on Columbus Circle, Washington, D.C., on Patriot Day 11 September 2013. Source: T. H. Kelly; Wikimedia Commons. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Patriot Day: Remembering 9/11.” blog.genealogyban...

Patriot Day: Remembering 9/11

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If you are exploring your ancestry all the way back to the Colonial period in U.S. history, this Infographic will help—providing a timeline and facts to help you better understand the times your ancestors lived in. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Early American Colonial History Timeline Infographic.” blog.genealogyban...

Early American Colonial History Timeline Infographic

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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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