- They couldn’t silence Billie Holiday’s voice, a voice that took her from an Upper Fells Point alley to New York City concert halls and into the annals of history as a performer and civil rights icon.
- The path that would eventually take Brown to Broadway and acclaim, began at the old Frederick Douglass High School on Dolphin Street, where she was a student of the legendary music teacher W. Llewellyn Wilson, who also had instructed Cab Calloway.
- As a conductor of the Underground Railroad, Marylander Harriet Tubman based her operations in St. Catharines, a Canadian town in the province of Ontario just 15 miles from the U.S. border.
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- Her name was Toots and she was queen of the ball. The bowling ball, that is. For parts of three decades, Elizabeth “Toots” Barger reigned over Baltimore’s duckpin world in the heyday of the sport.
- Baltimore missed out on a snow event Tuesday, but that does not mean that a small amount of white precipitation can’t bring the region to its knees.
- The venerable North Howard Street theatrical costumer A.T. Jones & Sons Inc. that has kept Baltimoreans and environs dressed as ghouls, ghosts and in other guises for more than 150 years, now faces an uncertain future since the death of its owner, George F. Goebel, 88, who was also a well-known magician and illusionist, earlier this month.
- The building at 130 S. Central Ave. sits at a cross section of neighborhoods, a reminder of the now-extinct cable car system that once moved Baltimoreans around the city.
- The market has changed several times, but none was as rapid and dramatic as the one that leveled it in the early morning hours of March 25, 1949.
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- It would be nearly three years before Lee McCardell reunited with his wife and three daughters. In 1942, a homesick McCardell, like other Americans engaged in the war effort, was away from home for the first time at Christmas.
- Unlike the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which was approved for emergency distribution in less than a year, it took over two decades after 1918′s H1N1 virus had run its course for an effective flu vaccine to become available to the American public.
- For decades, the Baltimore Colts’ first NFL championship — a 23-17 win over the New York Giants in sudden-death overtime in 1958 — has been touted in football as “the greatest game ever played.” The victors knew otherwise.
- The ads appeared for Hendler’s eggnog ice cream this time of year while the well known East Baltimore frozen dessert maker was dominant in the field.
- While you’re waiting out the pandemic at home, here are 15 more questions to test your knowledge of Baltimore and Maryland — a little history, a little trivia, some sports, a dash of politics — and, as in earlier editions, we made all the questions multiple choice.