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This edition covers Babe Ruth’s iconic “called shot” home run during the 1932 World Series, which can fetch as much as $1,400!
Pearl Harbor marked America’s entrance into World War II. Prior to that event, many Americans held onto isolationism and opposed any involvement in global conflicts; FDR attempted to convince his public of this necessity to fight but was unsuccessful until Pearl Harbor, “a date which will live in infamy,” as President Roosevelt described it, brought unification across America and transformed opposition for war into support of its cause.
On December 7, 1941, Japanese aircraft flew overhead Pearl Harbor – a naval base on Oahu island in Hawaii – with the intent of striking at and destroying its Pacific Fleet before American forces could respond effectively to Japan’s attack against British, Dutch, and US territories in Southeast Asia.
This attack resulted in the sinking of five battleships, two cruisers, three light cruisers, several smaller ships and bases, and over 1000 soldiers killed or wounded – many never returning home – as well as crippling American air power in the Pacific, rendering its responses incapable of keeping pace with Japan’s attacks and forcing the United States to go on the offensive in order to prove it could win against a potent adversary – not only would its outcome determine continent fate but world freedom ideals too!
1948 Presidential Election
In 1948, President Harry Truman orchestrated one of the greatest political upsets ever witnessed by America. He defeated both New York Governor Thomas Dewey (favored as Republican candidate) and an obscure state-based Democratic faction known as Dixiecrats in an epic campaign victory that stunned Americans across party lines.
Truman had only just become president after Franklin Roosevelt passed away, and Republican gains at midterm elections had given them control of both houses of Congress. At this time, inflation was on the rise while labor issues had begun eroding public support. This result was quite an unexpected turn of events.
Dixiecrats threatened to divide the Democratic vote, and former Roosevelt vice president Henry Wallace was running as an independent candidate against Truman to take away some of his progressive support, making victory even harder for Truman.
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In addition to killing over 1,500 people, the Titanic disaster had an indelible imprint on cultural consciousness. The ship has become an icon of excess and decadence – its demise serves as a stark reminder that nature can overthrow even our most monumental efforts.
In 1907, shipping magnate J. Bruce Ismay met with William James Pirrie of Harland and Wolff shipbuilders of Belfast in order to discuss building three luxurious ocean liners – which would feature spacious first-class staterooms with Parisian dining rooms as well as watertight compartments to “render them virtually unsinkable,” according to White Star Line advertisements.
Titanic began its inaugural voyage from Southampton, England, on April 10, 1912. She made stops in Cherbourg and Queenstown before setting sail toward New York City, where she encountered its first iceberg on 14 April night and found itself racing against time to avoid an imminent collision.
Titanic’s captain ignored wireless warnings of large and dangerous icebergs by maintaining her speed, staying on a northern course, and failing to post additional lookouts, leading to a fatally slow and chaotic evacuation and leaving many lifeboats with only a few survivors aboard. Furthermore, water temperatures near where the Titanic sank were around -2 degrees Celsius, contributing to swift deaths among passengers on board.
The assassination of President John F. Kennedy revolutionized American politics, ushering in an era of civil rights activism and social unrest. Lyndon Johnson used this incident as an opportunity to pass landmark anti-racism and voting rights legislation, along with profound domestic policy alterations, as well as confronting its violent history, including its legacy of racism and violence.
The assassination triggered conspiracy theories, which continue to influence public understanding of it to this day. Even though investigations conducted by the House Select Committee on Assassinations and others found no proof of a plot, many individuals insist there may have been one or that Oswald may still have “confederates.”
In 1992, Congress enacted the JFK Act, mandating that all assassination records be transferred to the National Archives and made available for public consumption. As a result, this vast archive now comprises documents, photographs, and artifacts related to John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
Jefferson Morley published a substack newsletter called JFK Facts that advocates for transparency in the government’s official record on JFK’s assassination. Morley and others have extensively researched documents from this period that they claim undermine Warren Commission conclusions, but some experts point out that their analyses don’t alter fundamental conclusions reached through government reports and exhaustive investigations; moreover, National Archives staff are continuously expanding and broadening this archive even more comprehensively.
The Stars and Stripes
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Betsy Ross was approached in May 1776 by three secret committee members from the Continental Congress with a request: they wanted her to sew a flag to promote unity and pride within the 13 colonies as they battled Great Britain for their independence. On June 14, 1777, Congress officially adopted it as the official national flag, with 13 stripes representing the original colonies (represented by red for bravery and white purity). Red meant courage, while white purity represented purity; over time, congress added stars as new states joined the union.
The inaugural issue of The Stars and Stripes featured an image depicting an American flag with stars surrounding it and a quote from General George Washington that read, “Join or Die.” This striking visual conveyed the importance of union and formed the basis of today’s pledge of allegiance.
Betsy Ross is widely believed to have created the original American flag from a pencil sketch made by George Washington; however, this claim rests solely on recollections from her descendants without any supporting evidence. Still, its symbols of freedom and democracy continue to stand tall today around the globe.
President Lincoln’s Assassination
Many of us keep newspaper clippings from events of significance tucked away somewhere, and those documenting historical moments are particularly sought after by collectors as they allow a glimpse of life at that time.
President Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. while attending Laura Keene’s Our American Cousin by John Wilkes Booth. Booth had become shocked at the collapse of the Confederacy during the Civil War a conflict between Northern states (Union) and Southern states who wanted independence due to disagreements regarding slavery issues.
Booth had intended to assassinate both Lincoln and Vice President Andrew Johnson with a single blow, but when Ulysses S. Grant refused to attend the show, he was forced to target Seward instead. Lewis Powell was sent against Seward, who was bedridden at his Lafayette Square residence; David Herold would accompany Powell.
During a subsequent struggle between Booth and Lincoln’s supporters, Booth fired a bullet from his 44-caliber single-shot derringer that hit Lincoln in the back of the head, fatally wounding him. Hearing Lincoln scream and hearing of Booth’s shot, Dr. Charles Leale hastened to Lincoln’s presidential box, where he found him slumped over. A soldier carried him across the street to a boarding house, where he died shortly after that; knives used by conspirators were later confiscated and later used against them at trial.