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.

11672343rdJoseph Addison, writer and journalist, born in England.
1196748thElvis Presley marries 21-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu, in Las Vegas
21862153rdConfederates evacuate Yorktown during the Peninsular campaign
2195758thSenator Joseph McCarthy, who led the witchhunt against Communists, dies
2197243rdJ. Edgar Hoover, FBI director, dies.
31802213rdWashington DC incorporated as a city.
3193778thMargaret Mitchell receives a Pulitzer Prize for her novel, "Gone with the Wind"
3194768thJapan's new constitution strips Hirohito of all but symbolic power
41872143rdA. Mitchell Palmer, US Attorney General, anti-Communist, born
4197738thJournalist David Frost interviews Richard Nixon about corruption in his administration
51847168thThe American Medical Association is founded in Philadelphia
51862153rdUnion troops force a Confederate retreat at the Battle of Williamsburg, Virginia
51877138thSitting Bull leads his people into Canada, fleeing the U.S. Army
61862153rdHenry David Thoreau, U.S. poet and philosopher, dies.
61862153rdThe Confederates withdraw from Williamsburg and Union troops occupy the town
61882133rdCongress passes the Chinese Exclusion Act, barring Chinese immigrants from the US
6195758thSenator John F. Kennedy wins a Pulitzer Prize for his book, "Profiles in Courage"
71812203rdRobert Browning, British poet, born.
71862153rdConfederate forces attack at Eltham's Landing during the Peninsular Campaign
8197243rdNixon's mining of North Vietnam's harbors, Operation Pocket Money, begins
91502513rdChristopher Columbus leaves Spain on his final trip to the New World
91887128thBuffalo Bill's Wild West Show opens in London for Queen Victoria
9197738thPresident Carter tackles Social Security
101832183rdWilliam Grace, businessman, New York City mayor, and "Pirate of Peru," born in Ireland
101837178thThe devastating Panic of 1837 wipes out U.S. banks, small businesses, and farmers
101862153rdUnion victory at the Battle of Plum Run Bend, near Ft. Pillow
101872143rdVictoria Woodhull is first woman nominated for U.S. president, with Frederick Douglass as VP
101877138thPresident Rutherford Hayes installs the first telephone in White House
111852163rdCharles Warren Fairbanks, Teddy Roosevelt's vice-president, born
121902113rdJohn Mitchell calls for a mineworkers strike by the United Mine Workers
12200213rdJimmy Carter is the first U.S. president to visit Cuba since Castro's 1959 revolution
131607408thJamestown, an English colony, is founded in Virginia
131737278thWilliam Petty-FitzMaurice, first marquess of Landsdowne and prime minister of England, born.
131792223rdPope Pius IX born.
131842173rdArthur S. Sullivan, British composer of fourteen Gilbert & Sullivan comic operas, born.
141787228thU.S. Constitutional Convention delegates begin to assemble in Philadelphia
141842173rdAlfred, Lord Tennyson, publishes his popular "Poems"
141897118thGuglielmo Marconi sends the first wireless telegraph
14194273rdU.S. Women's Auxiliary Army Corps established
151602413rdBritish navigator Bartholomew Gosnold lays claim to Cape Cod
151862153rdU.S. Department of Agriculture created by Congress and Pres. Lincoln
151882133rdPres. Arthur forms a commission to investigate protectionist tariffs
161897118thThe Vitagraph company shoots its first fiction film, "The Burglar on the Roof"
16197243rdU.S. bombing of North Vietnam destroys main fuel line
171792223rdNew York Stock Exchange founded by brokers meeting under a buttonwood tree on Wall Street
171827188thFuture president Andrew Johnson (age 18) marries Eliza McCardle (age 16)
18191798thCongress passes the Selective Service Act, drafting soldiers to fight in World War I
191897118thOscar Wilde released after two years of jail for "homosexual practices"
201862153rdThe Homestead Act passed by Congress and signed by President Lincoln
20192788thThe "Spirit of St. Louis," Charles Lindbergh's plane, takes off for Paris
211832183rdThe first Democratic National Convention held at the Athenaeum in Baltimore
21192788thThe "Spirit of St. Louis," Charles Lindbergh's plane, lands in Paris
221802213rdMartha Dandridge Custis Washington, First Lady, dies
22194768thTruman Doctrine is enacted, appropriating aid for Greece and Turkey
23193778thThe fabulously wealthy John D. Rockefeller dies
251787228thConstitutional Convention called to order in Philadelphia
251862153rdStonewall Jackson defeats Nathaniel Banks at the First Battle of Winchester
25192788thFord Motor Company announces the end of the Model T, replaced by the Model A
261837178thWashington Roebling, who succeeded his father as chief engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge, born
26193778thViolence breaks out at Ford Motors
271647368thFirst execution of a U.S. woman as a witch, Achsah Young, in Massachusetts
271837178thJames Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok, U.S. frontier marshal, born
27193778thGolden Gate Bridge opens
281807208thLouis Agassiz, Swiss-American zoologist and biologist, born
281892123rdSierra Club founded by John Muir
28195758thBaseball owners vote to allow the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers to move to California
291877138thJohn Lothrop Motley, U.S. historian and diplomat, is born
29191798thJohn F. Kennedy, 35th U.S. president, is born
29193283rdThe Bonus Marchers arrive in Washington DC
301862153rdConfederate Gen. Beauregard abandons Corinth, but tricks Halleck into thinking he's still there
30192293rdFormer Pres. William Taft dedicates the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC
311862153rdMcClellan drives back Confederate Gen. Johnston at the Battle of Seven Pines (Fair Oaks), VA