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
Hurricanes in History
Hurricane Dennis made landfall on the panhandle of Florida on July 10, 2005. Projected to be a Category 2 Hurricane it increased in strength to become a Category 4 after skirting to the west of Key West. Dennis was the fourth named storm and second hurricane of the season. One of the earliest and strongest Atlantic storms, Dennis was quickly surpassed by Hurricane Emily later that month.
The Space Shuttle Columbia and its seven member crew were lost 10 years ago, on February 1, 2003.
- The space shuttle orbiter Columbia is launched for the first space transportation system test mission, 04/12/1981
- Flowers and homemade signs are placed at the front gate of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center at Moffett Federal Airfield (MFA), Mountain View, California (CA) in a spontaneous memorial for the Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-107) astronauts.
- The remains of an American Astronaut are carried by the Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB), Louisiana (LA) Honor Guard to a waiting C-141 Starlifter for transfer to Dover AFB, Delaware (DE).
[Hurricane Katrina] Pascagoula, Miss., October 29, 2005 — The Carnival cruise ship Holiday docks in Pascagoula, Miss. after sailing from Mobile, Ala. today. The ship is being used to temporarily house Mississippi residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina. FEMA/Mark Wolfe, 10/29/2005
Hoping relief measures of this scale won’t be necessary post-Sandy…