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#OnThisDay in 1958, a mentally disturbed woman stabbed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a book signing in Harlem, New York. The weapon used by the assailant was an eight-inch steel letter opener, circled above. The woman was also in possession of a fully loaded Italian automatic pistol.

Days later, Dr. King reflected on the incident. "It came out in the New York Times the next morning that if I had merely sneezed, I would have died. Well, about four days later they allowed me, after the operation, they allowed me to read some of the mail that came in, and I'll never forget it. It said simply, 'Dear Dr. King, I am a ninth-grade student at the Whites Plains High School. She said, while it should not matter, I would like to mention that I am a white girl. I read in the paper of your misfortune and of your suffering. And I read that if you had sneezed, you would have died. And I'm simply writing you to say that I'm so happy that you didn't sneeze.'" IMAGE: VERNOLL COLEMAN/NY DAILY NEWS/GETTY IMAGES

Chinese prisoners of war get on their hands and knees and beg a South Korean soldier for mercy, believing they are seconds away from execution, Korean War, 1951. We can't be sure what happened to these POWs but it is unlikely they would have been killed. However, what is likely is that the Chinese soldiers were told of atrocities that occurred after fellow countrymen had been captured by their superiors and that merely being communists was enough to be murdered. This was a form of propaganda to keep them fighting until the end. #history #historic #historical #usa #southkorea #historynerd #military #militaryhistory #army #soldier #soldiers #koreanwar #usarmy #korea #china #sad #blackandwhite #prisoners #war #conflict #emotive #interesting #fact #factual #facts #americanhistory #1950s

Why the third wheel? To help cyclists go over bumps smoothly with minimal jostling to the rider. A perfect object for hump day, isn't it? This bicycle was made by the Rex Cycle Company of Chicago in 1898. It was designed by Bohn C. Hicks, who obtained three patents on this type of machine in 1896.
The seat was mounted on a tube attached to pivot points on the front wheel and the rear third wheel, a design to allow the wheels to undulate over obstructions with minimal jostling to the rider.

We hope you have a smooth #HumpDay, history fans! Friday will be here soon.
#CyclingHistory #BicycleHistory #BikeToWork #DCbiking #BikeDC #Innovation #AmericanHistory

“”John and Carolyn were magic together,” his friend Gustavo Paredes recalled to PEOPLE in 2014. “She had an earthiness and a gentle fierceness. Together, they were whole.”” On this day, twenty-one years ago, John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette were married.

An image of the iconic 66,000 lbs, 15 story tall Space Shuttle fuel tank making its final journey to the California Space Center to be put on display. The Space Shuttle program was a important period of American history that represented the innovative and adventurous spirit of our great country. 🇺🇸
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#arotags #america #space #icon #wideload #americanhistory #california #spaceshuttle #astronaut #americanlegend #livelife #dreambig #mars #moon #spaceprogram #innovation #adventure #fueltank #rockets #spacex #travel #smalltown #country

Arnold House is a rare piece of 17th century history nestled right in Lincoln, R.I. 🍁
Built by Eleazer Arnold in 1693, the home is an example of "stone-ender" #architecture, a building type that is unique to Rhode Island and whose origins can be traced back to the western part of Great Britain.
Swipe to see a #TBT of the property from September 1938 - exactly 79 years ago.
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Join us - free of charge! - at Arnold House and five nearby historic sites this Saturday, 9/23, as part of the Great Road Open House. #linkinbio

On this day in history, September 21st 1897, the editorial "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus", written by veteran newsman Francis Church, appears in the New York Sun. Church's response to eight year old Virginia O'Hanlon's letter to the editor has since become history's most reprinted editorial and a hallmark of American Christmas culture. The editorial is not only famous for its cultural impact, but also for the author's use of Virginia's letter to comment on the philosophical and academic intellectual trends of his day. Virginia wrote, "Dear Editor: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, ‘If you see it in the Sun it’s so.’ Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?" Here is the first paragraph of Church's response: "Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge."

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A storybook dream... tell me more.. From @christiandawdesign - Steel #windows and #cedar #shingles are always #beautiful 💁🏻‍♂️Love this #cute #cottage... looks like it's been there #forever! 🙆🏻‍♂️So #inviting. Design by Christopher AI; Architect: T Scott Carlisle 👏🏼 #cottageinthewoods #modernhome #traditionallook #BrickStory, #americanhistory, #oldhouselove #houselove, #architecture, #ourhistory #steel #story, #newhome, #dreamhome, #photography #americanhome, #cottage, #photographer, #mansion, #housestory, #exteriordesign #interiordesign, #fashion, #designer

Newburgh 1906/2017
Second & Montgomery
The Post Office and every other building was demolished as part of Newburgh's infamous urban renewal attempt that started in the 60s

Erected sometime between 1640 and 1650, the Lower Darby Cabin in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, is one of the nation’s oldest cabins. 🌲Of course, back then the land wasn’t Drexel Hill; it was part of New Sweden, the short-lived colony which ran along the Delaware River and where the log cabin first sprouted on American shores starting in 1638. 🌲 Today the cabin is found down the road from a SEPTA track. 🌲 No matter how the world changes, the log cabin remains the same. Photo by @julianflei #logcabin #logcabins #cabinporn #logcabinbook #architecture #history #ushistory #america #usa #pennsylvania #pa #sweden #swedish #septa #americanhistory #themoreyouknow #giftbook

During WWI, the Gettysburg battlefield, specifically the third day battlefield, became home to Camp Colt. Camp Colt was a tank training grounds commanded by one Dwight D. Eisenhower. It would eventually house and train over 11,000 men. The camp was so ill-equipped that Eisenhower ended up attaching machine guns to trucks which would then fire on targets in front of Big Round Top

Eventually Eisenhower was given Renault FT-17 tanks with which to train. The top picture was taken in 1918 and shows one of these tanks cresting what was once the bank portion of the Bliss Barn. On July 2 and 3, 1863, the barn changed hands several times as each side tried to establish their skirmish lines in this area. Finally on the morning of the 3rd, prior to Pickett’s Charge, the 14th Connecticut was ordered to burn the farm. The white monument is the 12th New Jersey Infantry and the closest monument is the 14th Connecticut Infantry Monument. As you can see in the top and third photo, the Army during WWI wasn’t too concerned with preserving the battlefield that was still owned by the War Department.

In the second photo the red circle is the Bliss Farm. As Confederates marched past during Longstreet’s assault they would’ve seen the barn and house smoldering. The green circle is the copse of trees that were the focal point of the assault.
#gettysburg #pennsylvania #newjersey #connecticut #wwi #worldwar1 #worldwarone #confederate #union #military #civilwar #uscivilwar #americancivilwar #history #ushistory #americanhistory #civilwarhistory #militaryhistory #nationalpark #nationalparks #nationalparkservice #travel #travels #travelling #traveling #traveler #traveller #travelingram #travelgram #travelstagram

General Chappie.. the first African American 4 star general!!! #americanhistory #chappie

Quem dos nossos seguidores também ama o outono? 🍂🍁🍂 Já que o equinócio de outono acontece oficialmente amanhã dia 22 de setembro as 1:02 pm , hoje passei a tarde fazendo compras de decoração para essa época tão gostosa aqui em Washington DC. É sempre de costume local, decorar o jardim e a casa com tons terrosos , arranjos de folhas secas e abóboras.

September 29th “This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal” opens! You won’t want to miss this landmark exhibition on the life and work of Henry David Thoreau. Just ask anyone who saw it at @themorganlibrary
in New York! #concordmuseum #concord #ThisEverNewSelf #Thoreau200 #BeThoreau #ThoreauThursday #thingstodoinconcord #museums #history #americanhistory #historyofconcord #visitma #thingstodoinconcord #bostonmuseums #museums #henrydavidthoreau #thoreau

Newburgh's City Club Building before & after
Designed by native newburgher, Andrew Jackson Downing, who is often called the "father of American landscape architecture" and his partner at the time Calvert Vaux, famous for designing Central Park in NYC. Originally home to a Dr Culbert, but later became HQ to Newburgh's City Club. Luckily a developer is in the works of restoring the building as well as the nearby Dutch Reformed Church

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