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newyorker:

Today is the 45th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s death. See photos of him in happier times: http://nyr.kr/1b2SZ40

newyorker:

Today is the 45th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s death. See photos of him in happier times: http://nyr.kr/1b2SZ40

The unification of the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific Railroads to form the First Transcontinental Railroad.  The ceremonial ”last spike”, made of solid gold, was finally put into place in Promontory Summit, Utah on 10 May, 1869. 

The unification of the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific Railroads to form the First Transcontinental Railroad.  The ceremonial ”last spike”, made of solid gold, was finally put into place in Promontory Summit, Utah on 10 May, 1869. 

lost-gems:

Three female railroad workers taking a break from their jobs at Bush Terminal during World War One. Brooklyn, New York.

lost-gems:

Three female railroad workers taking a break from their jobs at Bush Terminal during World War One. Brooklyn, New York.

thecivilwarparlor:

Walter Williams, Forage Master in Gen. John B. Hood’s Tenacious Texas Brigade

Walter Williams received the title of last survivor with the death of John Salling of Slant, Va., March 19 1959, in Kingsport, Tenn. Salling also wore the Gray.

“All Americans, north and south, mourn the passing of Walter Williams,” Daniel said. “This is the end of an era in American history, General Williams has passed over the river to rest in the shade of the trees with the hundreds of soldiers in Blue and Gray who went before him.

Senate Majority Leader Lyndon B. Johnson (D) of Texas said the death of the last Civil War veteran “seals the door on a great but tragic era.”

His favorite music was hillbilly and western and as his deafness increased, so did the volume on his record player beside his bed until it resounded through the neighborhood.

Some of his statements on how to live long;
Get up for breakfast, turn around for dinner and go to bed after supper and fox hunt for exercise. More of you would get along with your wives better, you live a lot longer.
He liked a nip of whiskey, Makes a person eat hearty. But you don’t want to be drinking it all during the day.
He took his first airplane ride after he was 100 and told his daughter, Mrs. Carrie Williams James, that cars were too slow for him now.

He rode a horse when he was 103 and shot his last deer at the age of 107.-An excerpt from ‘Father Wore Gray’, edited by Lela Whitton Hegarty.

http://www.franklintexas.com/waltwilliams.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Williams_(soldier)

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/thedailymirror/2009/12/last-civil-war-veteran-dies-at-117.html

The inauguration of Jefferson Davis as the first and only President of the Confederate States of America on February 18, 1861 in Montgomery, Alabama. 

The inauguration of Jefferson Davis as the first and only President of the Confederate States of America on February 18, 1861 in Montgomery, Alabama. 

"The Big One" hits San Francisco

April 18, 1906, San Francisco is rocked by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that leveled most of the city. The Quake destroyed 30,000 buildings, displaced 20,000 people and killed around 3,000.

However, like a Phoenix, San Francisco would later rise from the ashes.  By 1915 much of San Francisco was rebuilt.

spaceaged:

April 17, 1970: Apollo 13 falls from the sky

spaceaged:

April 17, 1970: Apollo 13 falls from the sky

spaceaged:

John Young standing on the Lunar surface during the Apollo 16 Mission.  The Earth can be seen looming behind him.

spaceaged:

John Young standing on the Lunar surface during the Apollo 16 Mission.  The Earth can be seen looming behind him.

unhistorical:

April 14, 1865: Abraham Lincoln is assassinated.

Five days after the surrender and deactivation of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House (the effective end of the war), Abraham Lincoln was shot in the head by John Wilkes Booth, a stage actor and Confederate sympathizer. The demise of the Confederacy pushed Booth, a strongly pro-South, anti-Lincoln Maryland native, over the edge, and he abandoned a kidnapping plot that he and co-conspirators Lewis Powell, George Atzerodt, David Herold, Samuel Arnold, Michael O’Laughlen and John Surratt had been formulating since 1864 in favor of simple assassination.

On April 14, they learned that President Lincoln would be attending a performance of the play Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre, in Washington, D.C., later that evening. He and the conspirators gathered once more, and it was decided that Lewis Powell and David Herold would attack Secretary of State William Seward, that George Atzerodt would carry out an assassination attempt on Vice President Andrew Johnson, and that Booth himself would kill Lincoln. The only attack of these that resulted in a death was Booth’s. He entered the Lincolns’ private theatre box during a particularly humorous moment in the play and shot the President once in the head, before leaping onto the stage, where he yelled either the Virginia state motto - “Sic semper tyrannis” - or “the South is avenged!” Booth broke his leg sometime between the fall and his escape, and he went on the run before being shot outside a barn in Virginia on April 26.

Lincoln, meanwhile, was moved to a house across the street from the theatre; he was pronounced dead early the next morning, the day before Easter Sunday. Utterly divisive as a leader in life, Lincoln was nevertheless mourned by millions in both the North and South in death.

"Houston, we’ve had a problem"

On April 13, 1970, oxygen tank no.2 explodes aboard Apollo 13, effectively crippling the craft’s service module (pictured above). 

Desperate and running out of options, the astronauts James Lovell, Jack Swigert and  Fred Haise evacuated the Service Module (Odyssey) and crowed into the Lunar Excursion Module (Aquarius).  Aquarius served as the crew’s life boat as the damaged craft slowly limped 200,000 miles (322,000 km) back home.