1. latimespast:

This weekend marks the 200th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner” — the poem written in 1814 that in 1931 became the United States’ official national anthem. 
On March 3, 1931, Congress sent its bill to make the song the official anthem to President Hoover. See The Times’ coverage of that here: National Hymn Bill Approved. Alas, The Times was not around to cover the War of 1812.
Above, that banner yet waves over Griffith Park in 1934.
And for more history about “The Star-Spangled Banner,” read staff writer Michael Muskal: 'Star-Spangled Banner': Anthem was once a song of drinking and sex
— Matt Ballinger
Photo: Dr. Frederick C. Leonard speaks at the dedication ceremony for the Astronomers Monument at Griffith Park, Los Angeles, 1934. Credit: Los Angeles Times / UCLA Library
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    latimespast:

    This weekend marks the 200th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner” — the poem written in 1814 that in 1931 became the United States’ official national anthem. 

    On March 3, 1931, Congress sent its bill to make the song the official anthem to President Hoover. See The Times’ coverage of that here: National Hymn Bill Approved. Alas, The Times was not around to cover the War of 1812.

    Above, that banner yet waves over Griffith Park in 1934.

    And for more history about “The Star-Spangled Banner,” read staff writer Michael Muskal: 'Star-Spangled Banner': Anthem was once a song of drinking and sex

    Matt Ballinger

    Photo: Dr. Frederick C. Leonard speaks at the dedication ceremony for the Astronomers Monument at Griffith Park, Los Angeles, 1934. Credit: Los Angeles Times / UCLA Library

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  1. 'Drunk History' Serves An Educational Cocktail, With Comedic Twist

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  1. Wrong! Deconstructing 5 Famous History Stories" via Robert Krulwich

    The Vikings’ supposed horned helmets are not only a bad idea, but they’re also historically inaccurate. And, no, Columbus was not the only one who thought the Earth was round.

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  1. todaysdocument:

usnatarchivesexhibits:

Petition from Citizens of New York Asking that Slavery and the Slave-trade may be Expressly Prohibited by Act of Congress in all the Territories of the United States, 03/25/1851
Item from Records of the U.S. House of Representatives. (12/13/1825 - 1946)
This petition from a group of citizens of the state of New York asks that the institution of slavery as well as the slave-trade be prohibited by Congress in all US territories. The petition was submitted to Congress on March 25, 1851.
Source: http://go.usa.gov/DVCY

Featured in the new exhibit "Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures" now at the National Archives Museum!

    todaysdocument:

    usnatarchivesexhibits:

    Petition from Citizens of New York Asking that Slavery and the Slave-trade may be Expressly Prohibited by Act of Congress in all the Territories of the United States, 03/25/1851

    Item from Records of the U.S. House of Representatives. (12/13/1825 - 1946)

    This petition from a group of citizens of the state of New York asks that the institution of slavery as well as the slave-trade be prohibited by Congress in all US territories. The petition was submitted to Congress on March 25, 1851.

    Source: http://go.usa.gov/DVCY

    Featured in the new exhibit "Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures" now at the National Archives Museum!

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  1. Posted on 20 March, 2014

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    tballardbrown:

How LBJ Saved the Civil Rights Act via The Atlantic
Fifty years later, new accounts of its fraught passage reveal the era’s real hero — and it isn’t the Supreme Court. 
Photo: Yoichi Okamoto/National Archives
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    tballardbrown:

    How LBJ Saved the Civil Rights Act via The Atlantic

    Fifty years later, new accounts of its fraught passage reveal the era’s real hero — and it isn’t the Supreme Court. 

    Photo: Yoichi Okamoto/National Archives

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  1. cartermagazine:

Today In History
‘Langston Hughes founded the New Negro Theater in Los Angeles, Calif., on this date March 19, 1939.’
(photo: Langston Hughes)
- CARTER Magazine

    cartermagazine:

    Today In History

    ‘Langston Hughes founded the New Negro Theater in Los Angeles, Calif., on this date March 19, 1939.’

    (photo: Langston Hughes)

    - CARTER Magazine

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cartermagazine:

Today In History
‘Lorraine Hansberry’s drama, A Raisin in the Sun, opened at the Barrymore Theater in New York on this date March 11, 1959. This was the first play written by a Black woman to be performed on Broadway.’
(photo: Lorraine Hansberry)
- CARTER Magazine

Denzel Washington and Diahann Carroll are currently starring in the latest Broadway production of this play.

    tballardbrown:

    cartermagazine:

    Today In History

    ‘Lorraine Hansberry’s drama, A Raisin in the Sun, opened at the Barrymore Theater in New York on this date March 11, 1959. This was the first play written by a Black woman to be performed on Broadway.’

    (photo: Lorraine Hansberry)

    - CARTER Magazine

    Denzel Washington and Diahann Carroll are currently starring in the latest Broadway production of this play.

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  1. cartermagazine:

Today In History
‘Maya Angelou, esteemed poet and activist, premiered Georgia, Georgia on this date March 10, 1972 and became the first Black woman to have a motion picture produced.’
(photo: Maya Angelou)
- CARTER Magazine

    cartermagazine:

    Today In History

    ‘Maya Angelou, esteemed poet and activist, premiered Georgia, Georgia on this date March 10, 1972 and became the first Black woman to have a motion picture produced.’

    (photo: Maya Angelou)

    - CARTER Magazine

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  1. Posted on 7 March, 2014

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    nprchives:

    "Three homosexual men have filed suit against the Central Intelligence Agency challenging the taboo against homosexual CIA agents." (Feb 1984)

    From the archives…

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  1. Posted on 5 March, 2014

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    nprchives:

    A very early reference to the avian flu, from February 1984. 

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