I'm twenty and I'm crazy. Fangirl, (aspiring) scientist and writer. I'm at college in Boston right now, but New York will always be my home. Likes archaeology, astronomy, space travel, history, superhero comics, general science, the oceans, Star Wars, aviation, exploration/geography, mysteries and Disney. (Which is where my title comes from...)
“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
Opinion of the Supreme Court in United States v. the Amistad, 3/9/1841
Senior Justice Joseph Story wrote and read the decision of the Court. The Supreme Court ruled that the Africans onboard the Amistad were free individuals. Kidnapped and transported illegally, they had never been slaves. The decision affirmed that “…it was the ultimate right of all human beings in extreme cases to resist oppression and to apply force against ruinous injustice.” The Court ordered the immediate release of the Amistad Africans.
On January 28, 1986, at 11:30, A.M. just one minute after lift off, the Space Shuttle Challenger and its crew were destroyed in an explosion. After pieces of the Challenger were examined, they were lowered into their permanent storage area in the Minuteman missile silo at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
October 6 , 1979 - Pope John Paul II Visits the White House
During his first papal pilgrimage to the United States in October 1979, Pope John Paul II was welcomed to White House by President Jimmy Carter on October 6, 1979. The two men met privately in the Oval Office for an hour — President Carter’s notes from that historic meeting are shown here.
OMG! This was today? I think this is one of the coolest little-known milestones in aviation history. Every time I’m in the Pioneers of Flight gallery at the National Air and Space Museum, I make a beeline for the Chicago.
Passenger list of the SS Bergensfjord, dated September 27, 1939 (page 1 detail); Passengers and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1897-1957; Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
In a special program in celebration of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, the first 224 guests will join First Lady Dolley Madison for an ice cream social as she describes White House entertainment in the early 19th century.