Today in 1979, Pres. Carter installed solar panels at the White House. President Reagan removed them in 1986, but now solar panels are back at the White House. You can take a behind-the-scenes look in this video.
Today is Juneteenth, the day in 1865 when slavery was abolished in Texas, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation.
Image description: Today in 1812, the War of 1812 began. The war eventually inspired Francis Scott Key’s “The Star Spangled Banner.”
This print from the Library of Congress shows American warships under the command of Admiral Oliver Hazard Perry, firing on British warships during the Battle of Lake Erie.
Today in 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York. The gift from France came in 350 pieces. Take the e-tour!
Image description: Today in 1886, the first roller coaster in the United States opened at Coney Island. It went 6 miles per hour and cost a nickel to ride.
This photo from the Library of Congress shows the Loop the Loop at Coney Island sometime between 1903 and 1910.