This post was written by Tammy Kiter, Manuscript Reference Librarian
June 6, 2014 marked the 70th anniversary of D-Day. The Allied Invasion of Normandy was the largest seaborne invasion in military history. Allied troops consisted of approximately 150,000 service members representing the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Norway and numerous other countries. This strategically organized operation paved the way for the attacks against German-occupied Western Europe, led to the restoration of the French Republic and...Read More
Admittedly that would make much more sense to pre-1752 New Yorkers. Until then England and its colonies still used the Julian calendar, by which the New Year began on March 25th, rather than January 1st.
"The Orrery", The Universal Magazine of Knowledge and Pleasure, 1749.
Because the formula used by the Julian calendar did not accurately measure a true year (i.e., the time it takes the earth to orbit the sun), in 1582 Pope Gregory XIII adjusted...Read More
This post is by Christine Calvo, Cataloger, American Historical Manuscript Collection.
This month's selection from the American Historical Manuscript Collection focuses on two early nineteenth century "watch notes."
Watchmen assignments originally developed in England, and were later imported to the American colonies in the 1600s. The inception goes back as early as ancient Rome with vigiles. It was an obligated service, in which men patrolled their assigned villages, crying out the time and weather, and warding off drunkards. Some municipalities could...Read More
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