DC Urban History

1966 Op-Ed by Congressman Donald Rumsfeld

Mar 26th, 2017 | By
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Some of you may not know or remember that Donald Rumsfeld was once a Congressman from Illinois, representing the 13th district. He was elected in 1962 and served from 1963 until 1969, and then went on to do a few other small things in government. Read full story @

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D.C. Remembers ‘77 Hanafi Wilson Building Siege

Mar 17th, 2017 | By

On March 9, 1977, the District of Columbia was caught up in a siege of public buildings that still sends chills down the spine of residents, today. That day, a dozen gunmen seized control of the then District Building, now known as the John A. Wilson Building. The building houses government offices and is the
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Memorializing Marion Barry in a city still divided over his legacy — or oblivious to it

Mar 13th, 2017 | By
Memorializing Marion Barry in a city still divided over his legacy — or oblivious to it

In the digital age, will a statue outlast a search engine? That’s the question facing the guardians of the uniquely complicated legacy of former D.C. mayor Marion Barry, who veered between dominance and disgrace in a remarkable half-century political career. Two years after Barry’s death at 78, his partisans in the nation’s capital just unveiled
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NSA Allows Homosexual to Stay

Mar 10th, 2017 | By

When this headline hit the papers in 1980, it was a big deal. A really big deal. Being gay was something that would disqualify you from holding a security clearance. Below are excerpts from the article printed on December 30th of that year. In a decision believed to be the first of its kind the
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Archival Footage of Kennedy in Oval Office

Feb 27th, 2017 | By

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