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Protest of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Fri, 2017-03-24 23:16

Demonstration of protest and mourning for Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of March 25, 1911 (detail)
On March 25, 1911, fire swept through the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City, killing 146 employees, most of them women.

This photo was part of the exhibit The Way We Worked, on display at the National Archives in Washington DC in 2006.

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Elvis Presley's Service Obligation

Fri, 2017-03-24 00:35

Acknowledgement of service obligation signed by Elvis Presley (detail)
In 1958, at the height of his fame, Elvis Presley was inducted into the U.S. Army.
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26th Amendment

Wed, 2017-03-22 23:45

26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (detail)
Passed by Congress March 23, 1971, and ratified July 1, 1971, the 26th amendment granted the right to vote to American citizens aged eighteen or older.
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March with Martin Luther King for Justice and Jobs

Tue, 2017-03-21 23:38

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Community on the Move for Equality invite you to March for Justice and Jobs (detail)
In his final campaign before his death, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. lent his support to a strike by sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee. This flyer was distributed to sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee, asking them to "March for Justice and Jobs" on March 22, 1968. Included are directions for the route to be followed and instructions to the marchers to use "soul-force which is peaceful, loving, courageous, yet militant."
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Photograph of Lt. Henry O. Flipper

Tue, 2017-03-21 00:01

Photograph of Lt. Henry O. Flipper (detail)
Born into slavery in Thomasville, Georgia, on March 21, 1856, Henry Ossian Flipper was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1873. Over the next four years he overcame harassment, isolation, and insults to become West Point's first African American graduate and the first African American commissioned officer in the regular U.S. Army.
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USS <em>Langley</em> &mdash; First Aircraft Carrier

Mon, 2017-03-20 00:10

Langley (CV1), formerly the Jupiter. Aerial, bow on, plane on deck, 08/03/1923 (detail)" />
Recommissioned on March 20, 1922, the USS Langley was the United States Navy's first aircraft carrier.
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&quot;Recruiting in the New York City Hall Park&quot

Sun, 2017-03-19 00:30

"Recruiting in the New York City Hall Park in 1864." (detail)
Recruiting in the New York City Hall Park in 1864. Illustration from a sketch by George Law, published in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, March 19, 1864.
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