The Boston Broad Street Riot of 1837

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On June 11, 1837 a group of drunken volunteer firefighters stumbled into a funeral procession along Boston’s broad street. The Broad Street riot that followed included as many as fifteen thousand participants. When the dust, and feathers, settled, the City of Boston would never be the same.

D-Day Medics: Robert Wright and Kenneth Moore

On this day in history, June 8th, 1944, the fighting ceased around Angoville-au-Plain, where D-Day Medics Robert Wright and Kenneth Moore were treating wounded from both sides of the conflict in a church in France. Their service and heroism are history that deserves to be remembered.

USS Texas and Omaha Beach

On June 6, 1944, the allies prepared one of the most ambitious operations in military history: the landing of over 156,000 troops in Nazi-occupied France. D-Day remains the largest seaborne invasion in history. In addition to the troops that landed, over 190,000 naval personnel and more than 6,900 ships were involved in the landing. Among them was the USS Texas. Commissioned in 1914, the Texas was one of seven battleships that took part in the landings, and played a key role providing fire support in the difficult landings at Omaha Beach.

Pueblo Colorado: The Great Flood of 1921

The unique topography of what is called the “eastern foothills” of Colorado gives rise to a weather phenomenon called “cloudbursts.” A flood resulting from a cloudburst rises so quickly that it is usually described as a ‘wall of water.’ 100 years ago today the “great flood” of 1921 came during the transition of the American west from the wild frontier to the modern world, reminding us that both are subject to the awesome power of nature.

Voyager 2 and the Grand Tour

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In 1964 engineers at NASAs jet propulsion laboratory noted that a rare alignment of four planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, would occur in the late 1970s, allowing an unprecedented opportunity to have a single spacecraft visit several planets. NASA began supporting a project to send spacecraft to take advantage of this alignment, calling the idea “The Grand Tour.” That program would eventually become the Voyager program- two extraordinary spacecraft that gave we earthlings a better view of the outer planets of our solar system than ever before, and offered our first true glimpse of what is beyond that system.

The Brooklyn Bridge and the Gilded Age

The Brooklyn bridge represented the growth and might of the industrial age, and the coming of age of the United States, and its largest city. There is much that can be said of the Brooklyn bridge, but, marvel that it is, it also represented the novel challenges of an era of massive change, many contradictions, and magnificent architecture.