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  • FILE - In this July 24, 1915 file photo, passengers are rescued as they stand atop the Eastland passenger ship after the vessel capsized in the Chicago River in downtown Chicago. Film clips have surfaced of the 1915 disaster that left 844 people dead. The first-known footage of the Eastland disaster was spotted by Jeff Nichols, a doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Chicago who was looking through seemingly unrelated material on World War I. (AP Photo/File)

    Footage Of 1915 Chicago Ship Disaster That Killed 844 Found

    CHICAGO — Film clips have surfaced of a 1915 disaster that left 844 people dead when a ship headed to a company picnic capsized in the Chicago River.
    The first-known footage of the Eastland disaster was spotted by Jeff Nichols, […]

  • This photo taken Aug. 27, 2014 shows presidential portraits, including this painting of George Washington by artist Gilbert Stuart from 1796, at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. One of the most famous portraits of George Washington will soon get a high-tech examination and face-lift of sorts with its first major conservation treatment in decades. The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery has begun planning the conservation and digital analysis of the full-length "Lansdowne" portrait of the first president that was painted by Gilbert Stuart in 1796, museum officials told The Associated Press. The 8-foot-by-5-foot picture is considered the definitive portrait of Washington as president after earlier images in military uniform. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Famous George Washington Painting To Be Restored

    WASHINGTON — One of the most famous portraits of George Washington will soon get a high-tech examination and face-lift of sorts with its first major conservation treatment in decades.
    The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has begun planning the conservation and digital […]

  • Obama Marks 50th Anniversary Of Civil Rights Act

    Obama Marks 50th Anniversary Of Civil Rights Act

    AUSTIN, Texas — A half-century after the passage of sweeping civil rights legislation, President Barack Obama declared that he had “lived out the promise” envisioned by Lyndon B. Johnson, the president who championed the push for greater racial equality.
    Marking the […]

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  • FILE- In this July 18, 2012, film publicity image released by Fox Searchlight, Chiwetel Ejiofor portrays Solomon Northup in a scene from "12 Years A Slave."  Thanks to Northup’s memoir, which the film was based on, historians know where Solomon Northup was born, where he lived and where he worked. Much of his life is part of the record but no one knows when and how he died or where he is buried. (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight Films, Jaap Buitendijk, File)

    ’12 Years A Slave’ Author’s Death Still A Mystery

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.  — Historians know where Solomon Northup was born, where he lived and where he worked. They know whom he married and how many children he had. They know he played the fiddle and spent 12 years enslaved […]

  • VIDEO: Today in History for November 3rd

    VIDEO: Today in History for November 3rd

    Highlights of this day in history: Iran-Contra scandal begins to unfold; Chile’s Salvador Allende takes office; Carol Moseley-Braun is first black woman elected to U.S. Senate; Former pro-wrestler Jesse Ventura elected Minnesota governor. (Nov. 3)

  • Today In History For October 3rd

    Today In History For October 3rd

    Oct. 3 – Highlights of this day in history: O.J. Simpson found not guilty of murder at his criminal trial; St. Francis of Assisi dies; Germany reunifies; Baseball’s ‘shot heard ’round the world’; ‘Captain Kangaroo’ and ‘Mickey Mouse Club’ hit TV. 

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  • Today in History for September 18th

    Today in History for September 18th

    Highlights of this day in history: Congress passes the Fugitive Slave Act; Anthrax tainted letters sent to NBC and the New York Post. (Sept. 18)
     

  • Today in History for September 11th

    Today in History for September 11th

    Sights and sounds of this day in 2001, when America suffered the worst terrorist attack on its soil. (Sept. 11)

  • Today in History September 7

    Today in History September 7

    Highlights of this day in history: Nazi Blitz on Britain begins in World War II; Mobutu Sese Seko dies; Panama Canal Treaties signed; Rapper Tupac Shakur shot; ESPN debuts; Pro Football Hall of Fame dedicated; Rock star Buddy Holly born. […]

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  • Today in History for September 6th

    Today in History for September 6th

    Highlights of this day in history: President William McKinley shot in Buffalo, N.Y.; Funeral held for Britain’s Princess Diana; Mother Teresa mourned in India; Movie director Akira Kurosawa dies; Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame born. (Sept. 6)

  • Today In History For September 2nd

    Today In History For September 2nd

    Highlights of this day in history Japan signs surrender, officially ending World War II; Union forces occupy Atlanta during the Civil War; A great fire ravages medieval London; Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh dies; Wreckage of the Titanic found. Sept. 2

  • Today in History August 30th

    Today in History August 30th

    Highlights of this day in history: The Civil War’s Second Battle of Bull Run ends; Thurgood Marshall confirmed as first black Supreme Court justice; First black astronaut blasts off; Ty Cobb’s baseball debut; David Letterman moves to CBS. (Aug. 30)

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  • Today In History For August 29th

    Today In History For August 29th

    Today In History: Hurricane Katrina blows ashore in southeast Louisiana. (Aug. 29th)
     

  • More than 100 Sites To Ring Bells For MLK Speech

    More than 100 Sites To Ring Bells For MLK Speech

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The final refrain of Martin Luther King Jr.’s most famous speech will echo around the world as bells from churches, schools and historical monuments “let freedom ring” in celebration of a powerful moment in civil rights history.
    Organizers […]

 
 

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