The Lincoln penny The Lincoln penny was the first American coin to bear a portrait. Introduced in 1909, the coin commemorated the 100-year anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The new coin was extremely popular and was often turned into a scarf pin, pendant or other jewelery. Jeweler H. R. Boving was concerned about the permissibility of this practice and wrote to request advice from the Secretary of the Treasury. Letter from H. R. Boving to the Secretary of the Treasury, 08/19/1909
Howard Carter opening the sarcophagus of King Tutankhamun. Feb 12, 1924 Howard Carter and his sponsor, Lord Carnarvon, spent a number of years and a lot of money searching for a tomb they weren't sure existed. In November 1922, they found it. Carter had discovered not just an unknown ancient Egyptian tomb, but one that had lain nearly undisturbed for over 3,000 years. What lay within astounded the world. #history #KingTut #HowardCarter
President Lincoln’s dog, Fido, “a yellow mixed breed.” Fido’s fate is unknown. He parted ways with the Lincolns after Abraham won the presidency in 1860. According to the National Park Service, Fido was given to a neighbor when Lincoln and his wife and sons left for Washington. #history #fido
A century has sailed by since the luxury steamship RMS Titanic met its catastrophic end in the North Atlantic, plunging two miles to the ocean floor after sideswiping an iceberg during its maiden voyage. Rather than the intended Port of New York, a deep-sea grave became the pride of the White Star Line’s final destination in the early hours of April 15, 1912. More than 1,500 people lost their lives in the disaster. #Titanic #history
New York City celebrating the surrender of Japan. They threw anything and kissed anybody in Times Square. 08/14/1945 Victor Jorgenson, Photographer. From the General Photographic File of the Department of the Navy
in 1730, a pirate named Olivier Levasseur tossed a coded message into the crowd gathered around his execution, yelling, “Find my treasure, he who may understand it!” and people are apparently still trying to break the code and find the treasure.
On 14 November 1910, civilian Eugene Ely piloted the first aircraft to take-off from a ship, cruiser USS Birmingham (CL 2), at Hampton Roads, VA. He landed safely on Willoughby Spit, Norfolk, VA. NHHC image NH 77601.
Diaphonized snake specimen. When a specimen in diaphonized, it is reduced to its skeletal frame and stained for added bone visibility. It is ideal for scientific or student study of the bone structure of various animals