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Today in History: Marian Anderson at the Lincoln Memorial

Thursday, April 09, 2009

American contralto Marian Anderson performs in front of 75,000 spectators. Finnish accompanist Kosti Vehanen is on the piano.

American contralto Marian Anderson performs in front of 75,000 spectators. Finnish accompanist Kosti Vehanen is on the piano.

On April 9, 1939, ...

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Today in History: Lindbergh Ransom

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Lindbergh poster

On April 2, 1932, aviator Charles Lindbergh paid a $50,000 ransom for his infant son Charles Lindbergh Junior. Kidnappers said the baby was in a boat off the Massachusetts coast. Neither the boat or child was found, until a ...

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Today in History: Three Mile Island

Saturday, March 28, 2009

President Jimmy Carter leaving Three Mile Island for Middletown, Pennsylvania.

President Jimmy Carter leaving Three Mile Island for Middletown, Pennsylvania.

At 4 a.m on Wednesday, March 28, 1979, not far from Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania, the first in a ...

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Today in History: Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Menachem Begin, Jimmy Carter and Anwar Sadat at Camp David, 1978.

Menachem Begin, Jimmy Carter and Anwar Sadat at Camp David, 1978.

President Jimmy Carter speaks at the Egyptian-Israel Peace Accords Signing Ceremony, in the White House on March 26, 1979.

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Today in History: Robert Moses

Friday, March 20, 2009

Robert Moses

On March 20, 1955, Robert Moses, master builder and commissioner, joins in a dedication of the Brownsville Boys Club, offering his views on juvenile delinquency and the need for cooperations among city agencies.

'This is a significant occasion, it ...

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Today in History: Terry Anderson

Monday, March 16, 2009

Terry Anderson

On March 16, 1985, Terry Anderson, an Associated Press bureau chief, was taken hostage in Beirut, Lebanon. He was held captive for over six years by Hezbollah. Of all the hostages, Anderson was held the longest. Here he is ...

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Today in History: Tammany Tiger

Friday, March 13, 2009

Thomas Nast

Thomas Nast's Tammany Tiger from Harper's Weekly, Nov. 11, 1871

On March 13, 1955, Tammany leader Carmine De Sapio spars with New York State Attorney General Jacob Javits on ethics in ...

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Today in History: A Raisin in the Sun

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

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March 11, 1959 - The drama “A Raisin in the Sun” opens at New York's Ethel Barrymore Theater. In this audio clip, Patricia Marx interviews playwright Lorraine Hansberry on the semi-autobiographical tale.

Excerpt:

'What it involves is an examination of ...

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Today in History: Winston Churchill

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Churchill on the campus grounds of Westminster College with President Harry Truman March 5, 1946.

Churchill on the campus grounds of Westminster College with President Harry Truman March 5, 1946.

On March 5, 1946, Winston Churchill delivered a speech, 'Sinews of Peace', at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. In it, he uttered the famous metaphor, 'the iron curtain', that resonated for decades and has recently been resurrected to discuss the current economic crisis in Europe.

'From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.

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Today in History: FDR's Inaugural

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

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March 4, 1933

This great nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper.

So first of all let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.

In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.

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Today in History: 1993 WTC Bombing

Thursday, February 26, 2009

WNYC's Don Mathisen and Madalit del Barco report on the World Trade Center bombing on February 26, 1993:

WTC 1993

The victims of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing are being remembered today. A Mass was held at St. Peter's Church ...

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Today in History: Muhammad Ali

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Muhammad Ali

On February 25, 1964, Cassius Clay, 22, is crowned heavyweight boxing world champion after a shock win over Sonny Liston. In this later audio clip, Clay, aka, Muhammad Ali, delivers a poem about himself with his trademark modesty.

This ...

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Today in History: W. E. B. Du Bois

Monday, February 23, 2009

Du Bois

Today is the birthday of W. E. B. Du Bois who was born February 23, 1868 and died August 27, 1963. Du Bois was an activist, author, intellectual and co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He wrote many books, including The Souls of Black Folk (1903).

Below is an excerpt of a lecture, 'Socialism and the American Negro' delivered by Du Bois, to an audience in Great Hall, Madison Wisconsin Memorial Union, in 1960.

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Today in History: Seeger & Hayes

Friday, February 20, 2009

Seeger & Hayes

On February 20, 1941, the WNYC American Music Festival presented, 'America Tells Its Stories: Folksongs' sung by Pete Seeger and Lee Hayes.


WNYC Host introduction & 'Lolly Too-Dum'

'Ain't That Bad'

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Today in History: Thomas Edison

Thursday, February 19, 2009

On February 19, 1878 Thomas Edison patents the phonograph. He later recounts his initial words on the device.

'The first words I spoke in the original phonograph, a little speech of practical poetry: 'Mary had a little lamb, its ...

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Today in History: Patrice Lumumba

Sunday, February 15, 2009

USSR commemorative stamp

USSR commemorative stamp

A riot breaks out as U.S. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson addresses the United Nations General Assembly February 15, 1961, speaking on the death of Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba.

Lumumba was the first ...

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