Professional wrestling legend Hulk Hogan signs autographs for US Air Force (USAF) personnel of the the 509th Bomb Wing (BW), Whiteman Air Force Base (AFB), Missouri (MO), at the 9th Annual Red, White, and Boom Concert in Kansas City hosted by radio station Mix 93.3. The audience and entertainers paid tribute to the USAF personnel of the the armed forces during Military Appreciation Day, 06/26/2004
Item from Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. (1994 -)
The National Archives’ new exhibition “Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures” is now open to the public. View our vast collection of signatures that influenced the American narrative.
Maya Angelou, Celebrated Author & Poet
(April 4, 1928 - May 28, 2014)
From the series: Photographs Relating to the Secretary’s Trips, Speeches, and Other Functions, and Agency Officials, Events, and Managed Sites, 2002 - 2009. Records of the Office of the Secretary of the Interior, 1826 - 2009
Calling All West Wing Fans
US Navy (USN) Lieutenant (LT) Eileen D’Andrea, (left), and Actor, Martin Sheen, discuss the set-up of a scene for the television show, “The West Wing,” being filmed inside the garden of the historic St. Anne’s Church, located in Annapolis, Maryland (MD), 05/10/2004
Happy 110th Birthday, Times Square!
Originally named Longacre Square, it was officially renamed Times Square on April 8, 1904 in honor of the New York Times.
Snapshots of the “Crossroads of the World” from the 1910s, 1940s, 1970s, 1980s and 2000s:
- New York City celebrating the surrender of Japan. They threw anything and kissed anybody in Times Square., 08/14/1945. National Archives Identifier: 520697
- A view of the neon lights of Broadway. The United Services Organization (USO) GEN Douglas MacArthur Memorial Center, located in Times Square at 45th Street and Broadway…01/01/1983. National Archives Identifier: 6367334
- Peace rumor, New York. Crowd at Times Square holding up Extras telling about the signing of the Armistice. The Government report that the news was not true did not stop the celebration. National Archives Identifier: 533477
- TIMES SQUARE, 08/1973. National Archives Identifier: 554298
- Sailors attached to USS IWO JIMA (LHD 7) gather together for an impromptu group shot while on liberty in Times Square during Fleet Week 2002.05/22/2002. National Archives Identifier: 6640589
- V-J Day in New York City. Crowds gather in Times Square to celebrate the surrender of Japan., 08/15/1945. National Archives Identifier: 531350
At the US Naval Facility at El Centro, California (CA), the US Navy (USN) flight demonstration team, “Blue Angels” fly their F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft into their signature diamond formation during their first air show of the 2006 season, 03/11/2006
Item from Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. (1994 -)
The National Archives’ new exhibition “Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures” opens to the public on March 21, 2014, allowing the public to view a variety of signatures that significantly contributed to the American narrative.
Not an Archival Valentine per se, but posting this as a special request from a colleague who thought this photo would make an excellent Valentine’s Day post…
"Members from the cast of the Warner Brother’s movie "Ocean’s 11" actors Brad Pitt (left), Matt Damon, and George Clooney, enjoy a morning laugh at Incirlik AB, Turkey, while visiting with deployed military personnel during Operation NOTHERN WATCH, 12/07/2001"
Holy Act of Congress, Batman! Equal Pay for Equal Work!
January 29 is the fifth anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. In commemoration, our colleagues in the NARA Motion Picture Preservation Lab have posted this 1973 Public Service Announcement (PSA) in which Batgirl explains the concept of “equal pay for equal work” to her boss (Batman) and co-worker (Robin). Luckily for them she is equally adept at disarming nefarious devices.
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 was the first piece of legislation signed by President Barack Obama. It updated the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which had made it illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of sex when determining pay for employees doing the same work.
The 2009 Act resets the 180-day statute of limitations for filing an equal pay lawsuit each time a paycheck reflecting a discriminatory pay decision is issued. It was named for Lilly Ledbetter, whose equal-pay suit against her employer was dismissed by the Supreme Court because she had not filed it within 180 days of the discriminatory pay decision. Ledbetter says she was not aware of the pay discrepancy during that window of time.
Batman , ca. 1973.
From the General Records of the Employment Standards Administration
On January 4, 2007, the 110th United States Congress elected Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) the first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history.
US House Representative Nancy Pelosi Democrat of California (CA), visits with US Army (USA) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Andy Frost and SPECIALIST (SPC) Caesar Urquiza from CA, in the Bob Hope Dining Facility near Baghdad International Airport (BIA), Iraq (IRQ), part of a Congressional Delegation during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, 01/30/2004
10 years ago former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was captured near his home town of Tikrit by U.S. Special Forces on December 13, 2003 after he had gone into hiding following the fall of Baghdad during the Invasion of Iraq in April 2003.
These two photographs were taken the day after his capture, one shows how he looked as captured and the second with his beard shaven to confirm his identity.
Left - Portrait: Republic of Iraq Former President Saddam Hussein, following his capture by US Army (USA) Soldiers in Tikrit, Iraq, 12/14/2003
Right - Portrait: Republic of Iraq Former President Saddam Hussein, following his capture by US Army (USA) Soldiers in Tikrit, Iraq. Hussein had his beard shaven to confirm his identity, 12/14/2003
Barney, Ready for His Close-Up
From 2002 through 2008, Barney and Miss Beazley (who came to the White House in 2004) hosted a series of holiday videos at the White House recorded by the White House Communications Agency.
The 2002 video being filmed in this photograph can be viewed on the Barney Cams page of the George W. Bush Library website.
Barney Tours the White House for the Barney-Cam Holiday Video, 12/09/2002
RIP Barney (September 30, 2000 - February 2013)
On November 7, 2000, Hillary Rodham Clinton was elected to the United States Senate for the state of New York. Her election had several firsts - she was the first female Senator from New York and the only First Lady to run for public office. Clinton was sworn in on January 3, 2001 and she served as both a Senator and First Lady until January 20th.
Photograph of President William Jefferson Clinton, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton Applauding during Election Night at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York, New York, 11/07/2000
"The next day a Marine flag appears undisturbed and clean amid office wreckage following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack…"
Photographer PH1 Michael Pendergrass. From the series: Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files, 1982 - 2007