This post was written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections
Take a look. Dated January 2, 1776, many months earlier than once thought, this, quite likely, is the first time the name “United States of America” was ever written, or possibly even expressed.
People have indeed tossed around the question, “Who named this country?” for quite some time. It certainly is amusing that, for all our hubris about our national origins, we haven’t known who...Read More
This post was written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian.
We last met “Old Ironsides” on this blog when she won her War of 1812 victory in August 1812 against the HMS Guerrière off of Massachusetts. Less than six months later, the USS Constitution had been refitted in Boston, assigned a new captain, and in late December was cruising off Brazil. Victory came again to her two hundred years ago on December 29 when she engaged the...Read More
It was in 1900, for the first and only time.
The 1900 Olympics, held in Paris, were also the first which allowed women to compete (an Olympic tradition which has, happily, had a longer track record than croquet). According to Olympic games historian Bill Mallon, two women competed (with other men) in a croquet match which began on June 28, 1900. Women also participated in tennis and golf in the 1900 Olympics, but since the croquet...Read More
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