From the National Archives:
Police Report on Arrest of Rosa Parks
On December 1, 1955, during a typical evening rush hour in Montgomery, Alabama, a 42 year-old woman took a seat near the front of the bus on her way home from the Montgomery Fair department store where she worked as a seamstress. Refusing to yield her seat to a white passenger when instructed by the bus driver, police were called and she was arrested.
The police report shows that Rosa Parks was charged with “refusing to obey orders of bus driver.” According to the report, she was taken to the police station, where she was booked, fingerprinted, and briefly incarcerated.
The event touched off a 381-day boycott of the Montgomery, Alabama, bus system in which a 26-year-old unknown minister, Martin Luther King, Jr., emerged as the leader.
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Image description: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently shared this story:
BLM Archaeologist Tech Discovers “King of Gore” at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Ten million years before the T. rex walked the earth, another monster reigned. The 80 million-year-old fossil of the Lythronax argestes or “King of Gore” was recently discovered by Scott Richardson, a Bureau of Land Management archaeologist technician at the Wahweap Formation in BLM-Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Lythronax is now the oldest known species of tyrannosaur and is believed to be a close cousin to the T. rex. The back of its skull is wide and its eyes face forward, allowing it to see with overlapping fields of view (“binocular vision”) and providing an incredible advantage for a predator. Previously, scientists thought the T. rex was the first dinosaur to have this evolutionary advantage.
Over the past fourteen years, crews from GSENM, the Natural History Museum of Utah and several other partner institutions have uncovered skeletons of more than a dozen species of dinosaurs in the national monument. They have also found fossil plants, insect traces, fish, crocodiles, mammals and other signs of ancient life. Together, these fossils offer one of the world’s most comprehensive views into a Mesozoic ecosystem.
The discovery of Lythronax is exciting because it shows just how much we still have to learn about the world of dinosaurs. Because this dinosaur is so similar to the T. rex, yet lived so long before it, its discovery hints to the fact that there are many species of tyrannosaur in the American Southwest yet to be found.
A joint NHMU-GSENM team excavated the skeleton. Research on the dinosaur was largely funded by the BLM and the National Science Foundation. Lythronax is currently on display at the Natural History Museum of Utah. Visit the museum’s website for more information about the new dinosaur discovery and to watch a video about the find: http://nhmu.utah.edu/gore-king-southwest-lythronax-argestes.
Story by Courtney Whiteman, Public Affairs Specialist, BLM National Office; photos courtesy of the Natural History Museum of Utah
Image description: On this day in 1941 President Franklin Roosevelt signed a bill establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving.
What are you thankful for?
Photo from the White House
From the National Archives:
On the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, we’ll be featuring your favorite images & documents from his life:
daltonblankenship answered: His children playing in the oval office. I especially liked image 47 from your catalog.
Kennedy children visit the Oval Office. President Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy, John F. Kennedy ,Jr. White House, Oval Office, 10/10/1962. Cecil Stoughton, photographer.
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