160 years have passed since the Battle of Shiloh was fought over April 6-7, 1862, and what we do know is that the Confederates were driven back and away from the battlefield on April 7, leading to a Union victory, and though the casualty numbers were alarmingly high, the estimated total for both sides was closer to over 23,000.
Skies at sunset blazed unearthly shades of chartreuse and crimson throughout the Fall of 1883. Newspapers from around the world reported the eerie phenomenon and described how the strange sight captivated the masses. Public response varied from the dumbfounded, to the delighted, to the dismayed. Years later, scientists finally uncovered the truth behind the anomaly and connected it to the cataclysmic eruption of Krakatoa, a small volcanic island in the Sunda Strait.
Behind the Byline is a new blog series that will profile significant newspaper journalists in American history. Though most remembered for his short stories that provided the inspiration for the Broadway musical Guys and Dolls, Damon Runyon considered himself first and foremost a newspaper man. Born Alfred Damon Runyan on October 3, 1880, in Manhattan, […]
Toni Stone was the first woman in history to play regularly in a major men’s professional baseball league.
Throughout history there have been many women who have greatly contributed to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). While names like Marie Curie and Florence Nightingale are familiar to most, there are so many ingenious others who may not be as familiar; women who were leaders in their fields, who made major discoveries, and whose work led to critical social and political change. Below is a list of just some of the women who have made significant contributions to the fields of STEM. You can discover their stories through historical newspapers.
In February 2022, 1,224 new pages from 103 African American newspaper titles throughout 28 states and the District of Columbia were added to Chronicling America.
From discovering radium and winning a Nobel Prize to being a “model married couple,” read about Marie and Pierre Curie’s lives and love story and why the two had such amazing chemistry.
Belle de Costa Greene made sensations when she, a woman, entered the men-dominated art world. Imagine the further sensation if they had known she was a Black woman. Read about her and the Morgan Library in historic newspapers.
Since its inception in 2016 by the New York Academy of Medicine, archives, libraries, and museums have participated in #ColorOurCollections on social media. Join in by trying out some of these fun and challenging coloring puzzles from the pages of our historic newspapers!
Alice Guy-Blaché is a name you likely have never heard. She was a pioneer of the French and American film industries during the silent era and the first woman to have a career as a director, yet her work and career have largely been overlooked throughout history. She was among the very first to use […]