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Image The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom...

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (or "The Great March on Washington") was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in United States #history and called for civil and economic rights for African Americans. It took place in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, August 28, 1963. Martin Luther King, Jr., standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech advocating racial harmony. #civilrights #UShistory

   

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a United States federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around the time of King's birthday, January 15. The floating holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, though the act predated the establishment of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by 15 years. #civilrights #history #USHistory

   

Image President Barack Obama steps off Air Force...

President Barack Obama steps off Air Force One on Oct. 29, 2012 upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. #Obama cancelled his appearance at a campaign rally in Orlando, Florida and returned early to Washington, DC to monitor response to #Hurricane #Sandy.

   

Image Hurricane Sandy: Scenes of Wreckage and...

Hurricane Sandy: Scenes of Wreckage and Recovery | People board the NY Waterways ferry with the Manhattan skyline in the background Nov. 1, 2012 in Hoboken, NJ. Superstorm #Sandy slammed into the New Jersey coastline late Monday, Oct. 29, hurling seawater at cities and towns along the eastern seaboard. In New York City, storm surge flooded tunnels, subway stations and parts of the city’s electrical system. #Hurricane

   

Image Beach homes smolder after fires from open...

Beach homes smolder after fires from open gas lines burned a city block following Hurricane Sandy in Lavallette, N.J., Oct. 31, 2012. #NJ #Sandy #Hurricane

   

Image Empire State Building | #Sandy #Hurricane |...

Empire State Building | #Sandy #Hurricane | one of #NYU Langone Medical Center's backup generators failed on October 29, 2012, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of patients, including those from the hospital's various intensive care units. (Wikipedia). #History

   

Image Hurricane Sandy Hits #NYC 51st Street | All...

Hurricane Sandy Hits #NYC 51st Street | All state courts were closed on October 29, except for arraignments and emergency applications. NYU Langone Medical Center cancelled all surgeries and medical procedures, except for emergency procedures.(Wikipedia). #History #Sandy

   

Image The Village | Blackout | #NYC #Sandy...

The Village | Blackout | #NYC #Sandy #Hurricane Major carriers canceled all flights into and out of JFK, LaGuardia and Newark-Liberty airports. Broadway theaters cancelled all October 28 evening and October 29 performances. (Wikipedia). #History #NYC

   

Image 14th Street Transformer exploding accros the...

14th Street Transformer exploding accros the river fomr us #Sandy | Waterfront Promenade. #NYC #Hurricane

   

Image Hurricane Sandy | By Chrisozer | Grand...

Hurricane Sandy | By Chrisozer | Grand Central Terminal, Central Park and Battery Park were closed on October 29 (Wikipedia). #History #Nature

   

Image New York City #Sandy #Hurricane | All PATH...

New York City #Sandy #Hurricane | All PATH train service and stations were shutdown at 12:01 a.m., October 29 2012. 200 National Guard troops were deployed in the city. All bus carriers at the Port Authority Bus Terminal closed at 3 a.m., October 29. U.S. stock trading was suspended for October 29–30. (Wikipedia). #History #NYC

   

Image Jersey Shore | #Hurricane #Sandy Governor...

Jersey Shore | #Hurricane #Sandy Governor Chris Christie issued mandatory evacuations for all barrier islands from Sandy Hook to Cape May, along with the closure of all Atlantic City casinos. (Wikipedia)

   

Image North 5th St Pier | Brooklyn #NY. Mayor...

North 5th St Pier | Brooklyn #NY. Mayor Bloomberg ordered mandatory evacuations for Zone A, which comprises Lower Manhattan, the Coney Island-Brighton Beach-Red Hook areas of Brooklyn, the entire Rockaways peninsula, most of Staten Island, and the City Island/Throg's Neck areas of the Bronx. (Wikipedia). #NYC #Hurricane #Sandy

   

Image Spring Lake Boardwalk | NJ #Hurricane...

Spring Lake Boardwalk | NJ #Hurricane #Sandy. In Cape May County, New Jersey, officials advised residents on barrier islands to evacuate on October 26, becoming a mandatory evacuation on October 28. (Wikipedia).

   

Image Devastation | #Sandy Hurricane 2012....

Devastation | #Sandy Hurricane 2012.

   

Image Greenpoint Waterfront | All NYC schools were...

Greenpoint Waterfront | All NYC schools were closed for the week of the hurricane. (Wikipedia).

   

Image On October 28 Governor Cuomo ordered the MTA...

On October 28 Governor Cuomo ordered the MTA including the subway closed, and in a press conference immediately after Cuomo's announcement, Mayor Bloomberg ordered public schools closed on October 29. (Wikipedia)

   

Image Hurricane Sandy | Aftermath | Some media...

Hurricane Sandy | Aftermath | Some media outlets began referring to the expected combination of the tropical system and storm front under the nickname "#Frankenstorm. As coverage continued, many outlets began eschewing this term in favor of "superstorm", with CNN in particular declaring an embargo on the use of the term "Frankenstorm" in its reporting, citing sensitivity concerns.

   

Image Ocean Grove | #Hurricane #Sandy | Government...

Ocean Grove | #Hurricane #Sandy | Government weather forecasters said there was a 90% chance (the chance having increased from 60% on October 24), that the East Coast would be impacted by the storm.

   

Image Hurricane Sandy | Staten Island #hurricane...

Hurricane Sandy | Staten Island #hurricane #sandy Much of the East Coast of the United States in the Mid-Atlantic and New England states had a good chance of receiving gale-force winds, flooding, heavy rain and possibly snow early in the week of October 28 from an unusual hybrid of Hurricane Sandy and a winter storm producing a Fujiwhara effect.

   

Image People walk near the remains of burned homes...

People walk near the remains of burned homes in the Breezy Point neighborhood of Queens, New York, on Wednesday. #Sandy #NYC

   

Image Time Cover | Sandy Outsmarting The Surge,...

Time Cover | Sandy Outsmarting The Surge, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 #Sandy #Hurricane #Nature #History

   

Image Superstorm Sandy's drenching path of damage...

Superstorm Sandy's drenching path of damage | Superstorm Sandy smashed the East Coast on Monday night, triggering floods, fires and devastation. Some residents affected by the storm used the Instagram photo app to quickly post square-shaped photos showing flooding, darkened cityscapes, fallen trees and damaged structures. #SuperstormSandy #Hurricane

   

Image Sandy Hits Manhattan | #NYC Post-tropical...

Sandy Hits Manhattan | #NYC Post-tropical cyclone Sandy is roaring up the US East Coast, threatening major floods and power cuts that could affect 60 million people. #Hurricane

   

Image Miles of Manhattan in a blackout by Diane...

Miles of Manhattan in a blackout by Diane Sawyer. #NYC #Hurricane #Sandy

   

Image Hurricane Power Cut in NYC Millions left...

Hurricane Power Cut in NYC Millions left without Electicity due to Sandy. #NYC #HurricaneSandy

   

Image PATH Hoboken train Station | Storm Surge has...

PATH Hoboken train Station | Storm Surge has flooded the PATH train system. #NYC #Hurricane #Sandy

   

Image Lower Manhattan | Hurricane Sandy #NYC...

Lower Manhattan | Hurricane Sandy #NYC #HurricaneSandy #Liberty Broadway cancelled all October 28 evening and October 29 performances. Alternate-side parking and parking meter regulations are suspended on October 29. Grand Central Terminal, Central Park and Battery Park were closed on October 29. The Holland Tunnel and the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel closed at 2 p.m. EDT on October 29.The Tappanzee Bridge was closed later on that day.

   

Image Hurricane Sandy | FROM THE TIMES BUILDING:...

Hurricane Sandy | FROM THE TIMES BUILDING: MONDAY, OCT. 29 9:19 PM ET. Bridges and tunnels will be closed on a case-by-case basis. Major carriers canceled all flights into and out of JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark-Liberty airports until it is safe to fly. Broadway cancelled all October 28 evening and October 29 performances. #Hurricane #NYC

   

Image Hurricane Sandy | On October 28, officials...

Hurricane Sandy | On October 28, officials activated the city's coastal emergency plan, with subway closings and the evacuation of residents in areas hit during #Hurricane Irene in August 2011. More than 76 evacuation shelters were open around the city. #NYC

   

Image Hurricane Sandy | Fake Image | Facts: All...

Hurricane Sandy | Fake Image | Facts: All PATH train service and stations will be shutdown at 12:01 a.m. October 29. 200 National Guard troops are being deployed in the city. #Hurricane #NYC

   

Image Hurricane Sandy | The Staten Island Ferry...

Hurricane Sandy | The Staten Island Ferry and East River Ferry services are suspended at least through October 29. Bridges and tunnels will be closed on a case-by-case basis. Major carriers canceled all flights into and out of JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark-Liberty airports until it is safe to fly. #Hurricane #nature

   

Image MTA response to Hurricane Sandy | The MTA...

MTA response to Hurricane Sandy | The MTA announced that all subway, bus, and commuter rail service would be suspended, beginning at 7 p.m. EDT on October 28 and expected to continue through at least October 30. #Nature #HurricaneSandy

   

Image Hurricane Sandy | This is Hudson River | On...

Hurricane Sandy | This is Hudson River | On October 28 Governor Cuomo ordered the MTA including the subway closed, and in a press conference immediately after Cuomo's announcement, Mayor Bloomberg ordered public schools closed on October 29 and mandatory evacuations for Zone A on Manhattan, which is the southern tip of the island as well as the Rockaways, a low-lying area of Queens. #LiveHistory #NYC

   

Image Hurricane Sandy | Mayor Michael Bloomberg...

Hurricane Sandy | Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters on October 26 that the city has begun taking precautions but said at this time there is no call for mandatory evacuations and no plans to suspend the city's mass transit or cancel school. (Wikipedia) #Hurricane

   

Image A depiction of the ancient Library of...

A depiction of the ancient Library of Alexandria | The Royal Library of Alexandria, or Ancient Library of Alexandria, in Alexandria, Egypt, was the largest and most significant library of the ancient world. It flourished under the patronage of the Ptolemaic dynasty and functioned as a major center of scholarship from its construction in the 3rd century BC until the Roman conquest of Egypt in 30 BC. #history #libraries

   

Image Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man epitomizes...

Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man epitomizes #Renaissance artistic and scientific advances. #history The Vitruvian Man is a drawing created by Leonardo da Vinci circa 1487. It is accompanied by notes based on the work of the architect Vitruvius. The drawing, which is in pen and ink on paper, depicts a male figure in two superimposed positions with his arms and legs apart and simultaneously inscribed in a circle and square. The drawing and text are sometimes called the Canon of Proportions.

   

Image Halloween | Pictures and Facts | It is...

Halloween | Pictures and Facts | It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later #Halloween.

   

Image The Presidency: FDR, Truman & Ike on Civil...

The Presidency: FDR, Truman & Ike on Civil Rights | C-SPAN | This discussion is from a conference on "The Presidency and Civil Rights'' held at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. Among the topics: What was FDR's reasoning on the World War II internment of Japanese Americans? Why did President Truman desegregate the Armed Forces?And -- in addition to his role protecting the rights of Little Rock High School students -- #civilrights #UShistory

   

Image Columbus Day — #History A U.S. national...

Columbus Day — #History A U.S. national holiday since 1937, Columbus Day commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World on October 12, 1492. The Italian-born explorer had set sail two months earlier, backed by the Spanish monarchs King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. He intended to chart a western sea route to China, India and the fabled gold and spice islands of Asia; instead, he landed in the Bahamas, becoming the first European to explore the Americas since the Vikings.

   

Image Did the Aztecs really practice human...

Did the Aztecs really practice human sacrifice? #history They did. Human sacrifice was an integral part of the Aztec religion—as it was for many other societies in the New World, including the Maya. One of the central beliefs of the Aztec world was that Huitzilopochtli, the god of the sun, needed constant nourishment in the form of human blood—seen as the sacred life force—in order to keep the sun moving from east to west across the sky.

   

Image Who posed for Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona...

Who posed for Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa? Over the years, scholars have debated the true inspiration behind the most famous half-smile in history—and possibly even the world’s most recognizable face. Proposed sitters for the “Mona Lisa” have included da Vinci’s mother Caterina, Princess Isabella of Naples, a Spanish noblewoman named Costanza d’Avalos and an unnamed courtesan, among others. Some of the more provocative theories emphasize the subject’s masculine facial features. #history

   

Image Who invented the toothbrush? #history...

Who invented the toothbrush? #history Looking for an innovative dental hygiene enthusiast to thank next time you polish your pearly whites? Turns out it’s not that simple. People have been cleaning their teeth for millennia, starting with the ancient Egyptians, who are thought to have scrubbed their choppers with a special powder made from ox hooves and eggshells as far back as 5000 B.C. The Romans opted for sticks with frayed ends, while the Greeks used rough cloths.

   

Image Was King Arthur a real person? We’ve all...

Was King Arthur a real person? We’ve all heard stories about King Arthur of Camelot, who according to medieval legend led British forces (including his trusted Knights of the Round Table) in battle against Saxon invaders in the early sixth century. But was King Arthur actually a real person, or simply a hero of Celtic mythology? Though debate has gone on for centuries, historians have been unable to confirm that Arthur really existed. #history

   

Image Can you really see the Great Wall of China...

Can you really see the Great Wall of China from space? — Ask #HISTORY.

   

Image Why is the Liberty Bell cracked? In 1751,...

Why is the Liberty Bell cracked? In 1751, the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly—part of the state’s colonial government—paid around 100 pounds for a large bell to hang in its new State House (later known as Independence Hall). Cast at London’s Whitechapel Bell Foundry, the bell arrived in Philadelphia in August 1752. Because the metal was too brittle, it cracked during a test strike and had to be recast twice. #history

   

Image Columbus Day Video — #History Bone Voyage...

Columbus Day Video — #History Bone Voyage (2:44) Columbus' body has been moved so many times, historians are not sure where he is truly buried.

   

Image Halloween By the Numbers From pumpkins to...

Halloween By the Numbers From pumpkins to candy to costumes, get the facts on Halloween by the numbers. #history

   

Image 8 Legendary Duels, By Jennie Cohen. From the...

8 Legendary Duels, By Jennie Cohen. From the Middle Ages until the late the 19th century, pairs of quarreling men—and, in some cases, women—regularly settled their disputes with duels. Find out how a bitter rivalry cost a U.S. vice president his life, how a friendly spot of tea took a violent turn and how jealousy spelled doom for one of Russia’s greatest writers. #history

   

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