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Apr 18

Apollo 13 Astronauts Safe on Earth
An oxygen tank explosion on day two of the mission led to great hardships for the crew.  The craft lost cabin heat, had limited power, and had a water shortage.  The crew returned to earth on April 17 and are seen here meeting with President Richard Nixon on day later.  The mission was dramatized in the movie Apollo 13.

Richard M. Nixon meeting with Apollo 13 astronauts in Hawaii., 04/18/1970


More at the Apollo 13 Mission page at NASA.

Apollo 13 Astronauts Safe on Earth

An oxygen tank explosion on day two of the mission led to great hardships for the crew.  The craft lost cabin heat, had limited power, and had a water shortage.  The crew returned to earth on April 17 and are seen here meeting with President Richard Nixon on day later.  The mission was dramatized in the movie Apollo 13.

Richard M. Nixon meeting with Apollo 13 astronauts in Hawaii., 04/18/1970

More at the Apollo 13 Mission page at NASA.

(Source: research.archives.gov)

Apr 17

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Apr 16

In Vermont, even dogs get excited for the Bookwagon!
Happy National Bookmobile Day!

From “The Day the Books Went Blank”, a 1961 educational film intended to show the importance of maintaining quality libraries, from The Library Extension Agencies of the six New England States.

In Vermont, even dogs get excited for the Bookwagon!

Happy National Bookmobile Day!

From “The Day the Books Went Blank”, a 1961 educational film intended to show the importance of maintaining quality libraries, from The Library Extension Agencies of the six New England States.

Happy Birthday Natural Bridges National Monument!
Natural Bridges was Utah’s first National Monument when it was a designated a National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt on April 16, 1908.

SIPAPU BRIDGE, WHITE CANYON. NATURAL BRIDGES NATIONAL MONUMENT, 05/1972
Boyd Norton, photographer. From the series DOCUMERICA: The Environmental Protection Agency’s Program to Photographically Document Subjects of Environmental Concern, 1972 - 1977

Happy Birthday Natural Bridges National Monument!

Natural Bridges was Utah’s first National Monument when it was a designated a National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt on April 16, 1908.

SIPAPU BRIDGE, WHITE CANYON. NATURAL BRIDGES NATIONAL MONUMENT, 05/1972

Boyd Norton, photographer. From the series DOCUMERICA: The Environmental Protection Agency’s Program to Photographically Document Subjects of Environmental Concern, 1972 - 1977

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Apr 15

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Apr 14

Only a few days left to see the electoral tally with George Washington elected President!
congressarchives:

Beginning today through April 16, the First Senate Journal will be on display at the National Archives in the Rotunda Gallery to commemorate the 225th anniversary of the First Congress in 1789. The Journal is open to the entry from April 6, which shows the results of the electoral tally for President and Vice President of the United States: George Washington of Virginia was unanimously elected President, and John Adams of Massachusetts, who finished second in the balloting, was elected Vice President. 

Only a few days left to see the electoral tally with George Washington elected President!

congressarchives:

Beginning today through April 16, the First Senate Journal will be on display at the National Archives in the Rotunda Gallery to commemorate the 225th anniversary of the First Congress in 1789. The Journal is open to the entry from April 6, which shows the results of the electoral tally for President and Vice President of the United States: George Washington of Virginia was unanimously elected President, and John Adams of Massachusetts, who finished second in the balloting, was elected Vice President. 

“Don’t wish to disturb you”
On the afternoon of April 14, 1865, just hours before he assassinated President Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth left this calling card for Vice President Andrew Johnson at his Washington D.C. hotel. Booth’s co-conspirator, George Atzerodt was to kill Johnson that night, but he lost his nerve and did not make an attempt. Historians continue to debate why Booth left his card with Johnson. 

Calling card left by John Wilkes Booth. National Archives, Records of the Office of the Judge Advocate General (Army)

(via the “Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures” eGuide)


Booth’s calling card is among the featured items at the “Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures" exhibit now on display at the National Archives Museum.

“Don’t wish to disturb you”

On the afternoon of April 14, 1865, just hours before he assassinated President Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth left this calling card for Vice President Andrew Johnson at his Washington D.C. hotel. Booth’s co-conspirator, George Atzerodt was to kill Johnson that night, but he lost his nerve and did not make an attempt. Historians continue to debate why Booth left his card with Johnson. 

Calling card left by John Wilkes Booth. National Archives, Records of the Office of the Judge Advocate General (Army)

(via the “Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures” eGuide)

Booth’s calling card is among the featured items at the “Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures" exhibit now on display at the National Archives Museum.

Apr 13

It’s National Library Week!
Remember being this excited to check out a book? (Maybe you still are.)

From “The Day the Books Went Blank”, a 1961 educational film intended to show the importance of maintaining quality libraries, from The Library Extension Agencies of the six New England States.


The theme of this year’s National Library Week is “Lives Change.”  How has a library, or librarian, changed your life?

It’s National Library Week!

Remember being this excited to check out a book? (Maybe you still are.)

From “The Day the Books Went Blank”, a 1961 educational film intended to show the importance of maintaining quality libraries, from The Library Extension Agencies of the six New England States.

The theme of this year’s National Library Week is “Lives Change.”  How has a library, or librarian, changed your life?

Apr 12

International Day of Human Space Flight

An outer space view of the Colorado River, surrounded by part of Arizona and Utah. The photo was taken from the space shuttle orbiter Columbia during the first space transportation system test mission, 04/12/1981

April 12 is the anniversary of two milestones in space exploration, Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's voyage as the first human into space on 4/12/1961 and the first Space Shuttle mission, by the Space Shuttle Orbiter Columbiaon 4/12/1981 (STS-1).  This photograph was taken taken on the first day of the mission.
In recognition of Gagarins’ historic first mission, April 12 is now commemorated as the International Day of Human Space Flight.

International Day of Human Space Flight

An outer space view of the Colorado River, surrounded by part of Arizona and Utah. The photo was taken from the space shuttle orbiter Columbia during the first space transportation system test mission, 04/12/1981

April 12 is the anniversary of two milestones in space exploration, Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's voyage as the first human into space on 4/12/1961 and the first Space Shuttle mission, by the Space Shuttle Orbiter Columbiaon 4/12/1981 (STS-1).  This photograph was taken taken on the first day of the mission.

In recognition of Gagarins’ historic first mission, April 12 is now commemorated as the International Day of Human Space Flight.

(Source: research.archives.gov)

Apr 11

congressarchives:

The tradesmen and manufacturers in Baltimore began drafting this petition asking for duties on certain imported goods in February 1789, before Congress had even met for the first time. The petition is from approximately 750 citizens, and received in Congress on April 11, 1789.  The new revenue system passed by the First Congress included four acts that related to foreign trade: the Impost Act, HR 2; the Tonnage Act, HR 5; the Collection Act, HR 11; and the Coasting Act, HR 16.
Petition of the Tradesmen, Manufacturers, and Others of Baltimore, 4/11/1789, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives (NAID 7788930)

congressarchives:

The tradesmen and manufacturers in Baltimore began drafting this petition asking for duties on certain imported goods in February 1789, before Congress had even met for the first time. The petition is from approximately 750 citizens, and received in Congress on April 11, 1789.  The new revenue system passed by the First Congress included four acts that related to foreign trade: the Impost Act, HR 2; the Tonnage Act, HR 5; the Collection Act, HR 11; and the Coasting Act, HR 16.

Petition of the Tradesmen, Manufacturers, and Others of Baltimore, 4/11/1789, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives (NAID 7788930)


"Marian Anderson, world’s greatest contralto, entertains a group of overseas veterans and WACs on [the] stage of the San Antonio Municipal Auditorium…", 04/11/1945
From the series: Photographs of Notable Personalities, 1942 - 1945. Records of the Office of War Information

Earlier this week was the 75th Anniversary of Marian Anderson’s famous outdoor concert at the Lincoln Memorial, on April 9, 1939.  (Hear her renowned contralto voice in the audio post!)

"Marian Anderson, world’s greatest contralto, entertains a group of overseas veterans and WACs on [the] stage of the San Antonio Municipal Auditorium…", 04/11/1945

From the series: Photographs of Notable Personalities, 1942 - 1945. Records of the Office of War Information

Earlier this week was the 75th Anniversary of Marian Anderson’s famous outdoor concert at the Lincoln Memorial, on April 9, 1939.  (Hear her renowned contralto voice in the audio post!)

Apr 10

nglspecialcollectionsandarchives:

National Archives Challenge
Hey todaysdocument! I saw your challenge to create a gif from your online holdings. What do you think of my #HistoryGIf? I used this photo of a Texas picnic ground from Record Group 95: Records of the Forest Service, 1879-2008.
Camping and Pincnickinging-Texas
I took some liberties by adding the beaver. I hope you don’t mind?

Check out this #historygif submission from nglspecialcollectionsandarchives at the Sam Houston State University.  We’re mostly curious what variety of beaver that is?  The Forest Service may want to have a chat with him for damaging signs and misdirecting picnickers.
Thanks for the submission!
Got an idea for a #historygif from National Archives holdings? Tag us or submit it to our #GifChallenge!

nglspecialcollectionsandarchives:

National Archives Challenge

Hey todaysdocument! I saw your challenge to create a gif from your online holdings. What do you think of my #HistoryGIf? I used this photo of a Texas picnic ground from Record Group 95: Records of the Forest Service, 1879-2008.

Camping and Pincnickinging-Texas

I took some liberties by adding the beaver. I hope you don’t mind?

Check out this #historygif submission from nglspecialcollectionsandarchives at the Sam Houston State University.  We’re mostly curious what variety of beaver that is?  The Forest Service may want to have a chat with him for damaging signs and misdirecting picnickers.

Thanks for the submission!

Got an idea for a #historygif from National Archives holdings? Tag us or submit it to our #GifChallenge!

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