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These posts are historical events that happened in Baltimore.

This unique photo was taken by my friend Ernie Baltimore, MD. LAST OUT of the 1966 World Series Orioles-Dodgers. Memorial Stadium.

Aerial View of the 1966 World Series

Check out this photo from above Memorial Stadium during the 1966 World Series. The Orioles swept the Dodgers that year to claim the title. Source: Flickr user avraham bank
Harry S Truman addressing the crowd at a train stop in Baltimore in June of 1948. (Robert F. Kniesche/Baltimore Sun)

President Truman’s Whistle-Stop Campaign in 1948

We came across a great photo of President Truman on a train in Baltimore, so we did a little digging. Here’s the article that we dug up in The Baltimore Sun on June 19th, 1948....
Baltimore Riot 1968 Bentalou St. at Edmonson

Tragic Aftermath of 1968 Riot

This sad photo shows Baltimore after the 1968 riots, which devastated the city, and much of the country. Source: Flickr user Kevin Mueller I think this is the same intersection today on Google Street...
View of motorists in 1907 Peerless car in front of Washington Monument in Baltimore, Maryland. Label on front: "Lazarnick. F4048. Peerless car in front of Washington Monument, Balto., Md. June 19." Stamped on back: "Photo by N. Lazarnick, 29 West 42nd Street, New York." Handwritten on back: "Peerless, 1907. Peerless car in front of Washington Monument, Baltimore. Wednesday, June 19."

1907 Glidden Tour Auto Race Through Baltimore

Here are a few great photos showing early automobiles on the streets of Baltimore. These photos document the Glidden Trophy tour of 1907. This was a competition between a number of automobile organizations from...

Film Footage of ’68 Baltimore Riots

This is something fascinating that we dug up at the National Archives. It shows some film footage from the April ’68 riots in Baltimore following Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. Source: U.S. National Archives
Baltimore Orioles player Cal Ripken autographs a baseball bat for President Clinton after Ripken broke the consecutive game streak at 2,131 games. 9/6/95.

Cal Ripken and Bill Clinton at Game 2,131

This is a historic moment. Ripken is signing a bat for the President Clinton after he broke Gehrig’s record. Source: U.S. National Archives
JFK and Jackie in Dallas, 1963

Local Man Arrested for Threatening to Kill Kennedy

Source: Baltimore Post-Examiner We wrote the other day about Kennedy’s visit to Baltimore at Patterson Park. Well, we found another story related to that visit in 1962, with a darker side. This is an...
Kennedy in helicopter (1961)

Kennedy Visits Patterson Park in ’62

Maybe a group of you remember this visit? We came across a neat story in The Baltimore Guide detailing an individual’s memories of meeting the President during his 1962 visit to the city. On...
Boeing 314 taking off

Yankee Clipper Makes It’s First Transatlantic Flight (1939)

These were the glory days of flying, when you would dress up to get on a plane, and it was a luxurious experience. The glamorous flying boats of Pan Am crossed both the Atlantic...
Civilians and National Guard troops standing on the street of Harford Rd. and Lafayette Ave.

Baltimore Riot of 1968

The Baltimore Riot of 1968 was primarily caused by the death of Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968. The riot in Baltimore didn’t start until two days after King’s death. The riots...
aftermath of 1904 Baltimore fire

Incredible Panoramic Photo of 1904 Baltimore Fire

This is a great shot of the horrible devastation of the 1904 fire that ripped through the city. Click on it for greater details. Source: Library of Congress
Little Italy residents in 1943 react to Italian surrender

Little Italy Reacts to Home Country’s Surrender to Allies in 1943

It must have a been a time of great internal conflict for a number of Little Italy residents during World War II. Many of them were born and raised in Italy, and their home...
flag over the custom house - 1861

Confederate Riots Suppressed; Union Flag Flies Over Baltimore

Last week we wrote about how the city of Baltimore was perceived to be unfriendly to the Union. That’s because it was. Lincoln was going to be in a seriously bad place if both...
1872 National Democratic Convention ticket

Ticket for the 1872 National Democratic Convention

This is really cool. It’s an old ticket for the 1872 National Democratic Convention in Baltimore.

Pan Am’s First Passenger Jet to Europe (1958)

This is a cross-post from Ghosts of DC. Aviation has a strong history in the Washington area. Following on the heels of our last aeronautical first (Concorde at Dulles), here is another first for...