- In the 1940s, the city’s Afro-American newspaper devoted a column called “Orchids and Onions” to calling out these racist shops — and praising those who went on the record as treating all shoppers equally.
- Veterans Day‘s roots stretch back to Nov. 11, 1918 when an armistice was declared marking the end of World War I. The day was later marked with military memorial ceremonies and after World War II, its name was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 and honors all veterans, whether living or deceased.
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- A permanent exhibit about the journeys of escaped slaves on the railroad is likely to open at the B&O Museum in Baltimore in spring 2022.
- While the Orioles’ stellar starters (Dave McNally, Mike Cuellar, Jim Palmer and Pat Dobson) pitched well, Pittsburgh’s unheralded staff was better, stopping the champs on a two-hitter, a three-hitter and two four-hitters.
- In late September, the Baltimore City Fire Department renamed Engine Company 52 on Woodbrook Avenue in West Baltimore the Hilton L. Roberts Sr. Fire Station in honor of a pioneering Black firefighter who was a member of the second class that graduated Black Americans in 1954 from the firefighter’s academy.
- From around 1830 to 1850, Black laborers dominated Baltimore’s ship caulking industry, ensuring that the ships that left Baltimore’s harbor were watertight. It was demanding and important work, and they were able to band together and negotiate higher wages than would have been available to other free Black workers at the time.
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- The morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, was especially beautiful, with clear skies and cool temperatures and none of humidity that plagues Baltimore during the late summer. The day was shattered at 8:46 a.m., when the first aircraft hit the World Trade Center in New York.
- The day Gov. Larry Hogan announced the COVID-19 stay-at-home order in March 2020, Baltimore Heritage’s weekly schedule of walking tours to showcase local history ground to a halt, but Johns Hopkins, executive director of the historical preservation organization, wasn’t ready to give up on its work.
- Severe Maryland earthquakes are fairly rare, which has ensured they make headlines whenever one rumbles across the region.
- Sixty-five years ago Billy Blair, a 15-year-old schoolboy from Ruxton, won the Sunpapers Soap Box Derby, a heralded event that mirrored America’s passion for kids’ racing back then.
- The pandemic has shown us how volatile the life span of a restaurant is. As much as we may savor a certain dish and anticipate a favorite dessert, there is no guarantee it will be around for another year.