To illustrate the depth one can access in our collections, we have compiled relevant archival imagery to frame a diverse cultural, political and chronological retrospective of noteworthy anniversaries. Be sure to bookmark this section as the calendar is a work in progress and will continue to expand.

1197243rdNorth Vietnam launches an offensive to hurt Nixon's reelection chances
1198728thPres. Reagan announces that AIDS is "public health enemy No.1"
21792223rdCongress passes the Coinage Act, founding the U.S. Mint
21872143rdSamuel F. B. Morse, U.S. inventor, dies
21877138thFirst White House Easter Egg Roll, under Rutherford Hayes
2191798thJeannette Rankin sworn in as first woman in the U.S. House of Representatives
2191798thPresident Wilson asks Congress to declare war against Germany
31837178thJohn Burroughs, U.S. nature writer, is born
31882133rdJesse James, notorious bank robber, dies, shot in back
3192293rdJoseph Stalin named general secretary of the Communist Party in the USSR
41812203rdPresident Madison slaps an embargo on Great Britain
4196748thDr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks against the Vietnam War, linking Civil Rights and pacifism
51792223rdGeorge Washington casts the first presidential veto (against apportioning representatives among states)
51827188thJames Hackett becomes the first U.S. actor to appear abroad - at Covent Garden
51862153rdThe Siege of Yorktown, Virginia, begins
61862153rdBattle of Shiloh begins in Tennessee
6191798thU.S. enters World War I, declaring war on Germany
6194768thHenry Ford, early car manufacturer, dies
81892123rdMary Pickford, Academy-Award-winning actress, is born Gladys Smith
8194273rdWar Production Board orders a halt to all production not necessary to WWII
8195263rdPres. Truman takes control of the steel mills in Youngstown, Ohio
91682333rdFrench explorer Robert la Salle reaches the lower Mississippi River
9194273rdU.S. surrenders the Philippine island of Luzon to Japan
101847168thJoseph Pulitzer, publisher and newspaperman, is born in Hungary
101912103rdThe RMS Titanic sets sail from Southhampton, England, on its ill-fated voyage
10193283rdAdolf Hitler comes in second to German president von Hindenburg in national elections
11196253rdJFK angrily criticizes steel industry for jacking up prices
11197243rdU.S. B-52s begin bombing North Vietnam
11197243rdCharlie Chaplin receives an Oscar at the Academy Awards
121777238thHenry Clay, U.S. senator and statesman, born
121862153rdFort Pulaski, GA, falls to the Federals after two days of bombardment
121877138thThe catcher's mask first used in baseball
12193778thU.S. Supreme Court upholds National Labor Relations Act, protecting workers' rights
131777238thBritish attack the Continental Army at Bound Brook, New Jersey
131852163rdF.W. Woolworth, merchant who founded a chain of stores, born.
141912103rdThe British RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic
151912103rdThe "unsinkable" RMS Titanic sinks and about 1,500 passengers and crew drown
15194768thJackie Robinson becomes baseball's first black major-league player
161862153rdPres. Lincoln abolishes slavery in the District of Columbia
161867148thWilbur Wright, aviator and inventor, born
16191798thVladimir Lenin returns to St. Petersburg to take control of the Russian Revolution
171492523rdChristopher Columbus signs a contract to seek a new route to the Indies
171837178thJohn Pierpont Morgan, industrialist and financier, born
181857158thClarence Darrow, attorney and champion of the underdog, born
18191798thLeon Trotsky calls for the overthrow of Joseph Stalin
191782233rdThe Netherlands officially recognizes the U.S. as a nation
191882133rdCharles Darwin, British scientist, dies
201777238thNew York adopts a state constitution
201902113rdMarie and Pierre Curie isolate radium
201792223rdFrance declares war on Austria and the French Revolutionary Wars begin
211777238thThe British attack Danbury, CT, and go on a rampage, nearly destroying the town
22197243rdAntiwar demonstrations coordinated across America protest U.S. bombings of Vietnam
231867148thThe Zoetrope, forerunner of the motion picture projector, patented
23199223rdSmithsonian Museum acquires the Miller racing car for display
241792223rdFrance's national anthem, "La Marseillaise," is composed by Claude Rouget de Lisle
241862153rdUnion Admiral David Farragut leads a flotilla past two Confederate forts
24196748thGen. Westmoreland asserts the U.S. antiwar movement is encouraging North Vietnam
251792223rdThe guillotine is first used, in Paris
251862153rdThe Fall of New Orleans
261607408thCaptain John Smith and a group of British colonists go ashore at Cape Henry, Virginia
261822193rdFrederick Law Olmsted, landscape architect who designed NY's Central Park, born
271667348thJohn Milton sells the copyright to his famous epic, "Paradise Lost."
271822193rdUlysses S. Grant, Civil War general and 18th U.S. president, is born
28195263rdGen. Eisenhower resigns as supreme commander of U.S. armed forces
291862153rdThe Union Army occupies New Orleans
30191798thThe U.S. begins massive enlistment for World War I
30194768thPresident Harry Truman changes the name of Boulder Dam to Hoover Dam