Posts Tagged ‘D.C. history’

Today in D.C. History: Williams Bends to Pressure on Chocolate Milk Day

On May 11, 2001, the District did not celebrate "Drink Chocolate Milk Day." Then-Mayor Anthony Williams, relenting to pressure from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and other activists, scrapped his plans to declare the holiday and promote dairy in the popular "Got Milk?" campaign.
After hearing about the mayor’s plans to promote chocolate milk, PCRM [...]

Today in D.C. History: Arsonist’s Decades Long Spree Ended

On April 27, 2005, arsonist Thomas Sweatt was arrested as he left a meeting for KFC employees. It would mark the end of 30 years of fire-starting for Sweatt.
Those 30 years included 353 fires, many of which were never attributed to Sweatt until he identified them as his work. Perhaps that's because, Sweatt, a Southeast [...]

Today in D.C. History: Small’s Big Washingtoniana Collection Goes to GWU

Feb. 28, 2011, only about 13 hours old, is already becoming a momentous day in D.C. history. Not because of any particular moment that happened this morning, but because of a major announcement affecting the preservation of D.C. history. As The Washington Post reports, real estate developer Albert Small has given his collection of Washingtoniana [...]

Today in D.C. History: Metro Picks Randi Miller as Automated Voice

On Feb. 3, 2006, a woman from Woodbridge, Va., who worked at an auto dealership was named the new voice of Metro. Randi Miller was selected from 1,258 people and was praised for her voice, which "commanded attention, but was warm."
Riders didn’t agree at first, with some saying her “doors closing” announcement was "a bit [...]

Today in D.C. History: Streetcar Operator Hires 1st African American Motorman

On Feb. 1, 1943, the Capital Transit Company, one of D.C.’s pre-Metro transit predecessors, finally did what The Washington Tribune, an African American newspaper, said would never happen: It hired its first African American apprentice motorman.
As detailed in the local transit history book Capital Transit, B.A. Simmons was the first African American to become a [...]

British Burned D.C. 196 Years Ago Today

On this day in 1814, the British burned Washington, following the American rout at Bladensburg. While public buildings like the U.S. Capitol and the White House were burned, private buildings were largely spared.
You've likely heard the story about first lady Dolley Madison saving important documents and a Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington—though that might [...]