| Dec 9, 2013
| 6:25 PM
Craig Cornish Jr. knows former U.S. President Martin Van Buren's first language was Dutch, not English.
It might seem like a useless bit of historical trivia to some, but the factoid netted Cornish $1,400 on "Jeopardy" and capped off the Morgan State...
| Aug 9, 2012
| 4:31 PM
In "The First American Political Conventions: Transforming Presidential Nominations, 1832-1872," Stan M. Haynes writes that the modern presidential nominating convention evolved during the campaign of 1832.
Between the fall of 1831 and the spring of...
| Feb 9, 2013
| 9:13 AM
Old Tippecanoe, the ninth president of the United States, was born 240 years ago today.
He remains the president with the shortest term in office, having died a month after his inauguration. An elderly gentleman, he insisted on making a prolonged and...
| Feb 1, 2013
I read with interest Jules Witcover's recent commentary, "Don't count Biden out in 2016" (Jan. 29), suggesting that Vice President Joe Biden might be a serious candidate for president in 2016.
If history is a guide, the chances of a sitting Vice...
| Feb 6, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Martin Van Buren was not the only sitting vice president elected president during the 19th century ("President Biden? History says no," Feb. 2).
Thomas Jefferson achieved the same distinction when, as vice president at the start of the century, he...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 6:08 AM
On Nov. 27, 1837, eight months after Martin Van Buren, the 8th President of the United States, was sworn into office, a group of citizens gathered in the Union Meeting House adjacent to the mill in Oella.
The citizens assembled to elect the first nine...
| Jul 15, 2012
| 9:37 AM
When Robert Marbury was 19 years old, he necked with Ricki Lake on camera. At age 29, he spent a year sailing in Indonesia, where he says his ship was attacked by pirates.
Four years later, he was one of the three co-founders of the Minnesota Association...
| Mar 3, 2012
| 12:45 PM
If you want to break the boredom of a late winter Sunday, you could raise a cup of cheer to the memory of President William Henry Harrison, the nation's ninth president, who was sworn into office 171 years ago today.
I'm also certain the details of...
| May 16, 2010
| 6:54 PM
No, Dear Reader, you are not caught in a time warp or a victim of a delayed April Fool's prank. You are not in "The Twilight Zone" and your eyes are not deceiving you.
What you're looking at is The Baltimore Sun's vignette, or nameplate, as it appeared...
| Jul 19, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Sometimes an art museum opens new galleries more as an expression of ambition and possibility for the future than as the culmination of a completed achievement. That seems to be the case at the Huntington in San Marino, which on July 19 will inaugurate...
| May 10, 2014
There was a time when progressive people who wanted vast social change were unhappy with the two major political parties of the day, the Democrats and the Whigs. Neither party would take a firm stand against slavery, an institution which an ever growing...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 11:00 AM
President Obama's appearance on the Funny or Die sketch series "Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis" on Tuesday has become a viral sensation, with over 14 million views already. But not everyone is laughing, especially Stephen Colbert.