Today in History: Still Kicking Edition

I appreciate all the feedback I have gotten about the blog thus far ? the vast majority of it, thankfully,? positive.

One comment that has come across the transom, however: ?Less ?Today in History?!?? Hey, I like history!

While I prefer to interpret that as a yearning hunger for even more posts across the breadth and depth of the Library, the point is well-taken.

Nevertheless, while I would be a terrible son if I didn?t point out that today?s ?TIH? delves into the genesis of Mother?s Day (not that my mom is a reader yet), I thought I would repeat yesterday?s experiment in which I selected a random frontpage from 100 years ago via our ?Chronicling America? Web site.

Unfortunately, the result wasn?t quite so risible as William Howard Taft?s body mass index.

I decided to look West to California and was greeted with a frontpage full of stories from The San Francisco Call about riots stemming from a railroad strike.

I suppose if there is a silver lining to be had, it is that a city that was nearly destroyed barely a year prior was at least still around to deal with such issues as labor relations.

5 Comments

  1. Todd
    May 9, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    Love TIH and the frontpages. I amy use some myself.

  2. Jason Hybner
    May 10, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    The more history for the general population the better! Most people are severely deficient in historical knowledge and I believe your TIH segments are a vital public service. Keep it up.

  3. gl.
    May 10, 2007 at 4:53 pm

    No, please keep TIH!

  4. Web King
    May 29, 2007 at 5:02 am

    You deserved it Matt. Good job, keep it up. I am impress with your style of blogging. I must say that.

  5. Sophie Salmon
    July 9, 2007 at 3:32 am

    I think “Today In History” is a really nice part of this blog. It gives the public tidbits of our history that we might not have known our entire lives, or have simply forgotten through the passage of time. I was actually thinking of pointing this blog out to my little sister, who loves history so much. She would probably copy the “TIH”s you have into a notebook, or print it all out so she has something to share during history class. This one about mother’s day, I’m sure, will delight her. Please don’t lessen the “TIH”s.

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