Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start to summer with the most important event of the year for sun and water worshippers: the opening of local pools. From Druid Hill to Patterson Park, Baltimore is home to a number of pools, many of which have been around since the time your great grandmother did her first cannonball. As a side observation – some of these pools used to be way bigger, and way cooler-looking in the olden times. On that note, we thought it would be a perfect time to revisit some old photos of Baltimoreans enjoying the pool through the decades, as we slather on the sunscreen and prepare to dive in.
The Baltimore Sun
At 264 million pounds, and 217 feet, Royal Caribbean’s ‘Harmony of the Seas’ is the world’s biggest-ever cruise ship. The widest cruise ship ever built, its 1,187-feet length makes it 164 feet longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower. The ship is headed for Southampton in southern England and is to embark on its official maiden voyage on May 22 to its new home port of Barcelona.
Three Kenyan protesters were shot dead during demonstrations by opposition supporters in the western towns of Kisumu and Siaya, as protests demanding reforms to the country’s electoral authority gather pace in East Africa’s biggest economy, according to reports. Police also fired teargas at demonstrating supporters of the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy party in Nairobi and the port city of Mombasa.
The protests are led by opposition leader Raila Odinga, who lost the most recent election in 2013 to President Uhuru Kenyatta, according to AP. Odinga said polls in 2017 cannot be free and fair if the current election commission remains in place and called for the commissioners to be removed from office.
There’s a distinct smell that a Baltimore house makes when it’s burning, says Sun reporter Jacques Kelly.
That smell was in the air the night of June 17, 1966, as Kelly rode with his father in a car from their Charles Village home to the Pimlico race course. The oldest clubhouse in American racing was burning, and his father wanted the family to be there to see it happen.
With crime declining in the Netherlands, the country is looking at new ways to fill its prisons. The government has let Belgium and Norway put prisoners in its empty cells and now, amid the huge flow of migrants into Europe, several Dutch prisons have been temporarily pressed into service as asylum seeker centers.
On its 50th anniversary, China’s Cultural Revolution may have come full circle.
Oscar Vasquez Morales, 44, weighs about 880 pounds and is considered the fattest man in Colombia. He is expected to lose 660 pounds in the next three or four years after to a medical procedure.
Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip commemorated Nakba, “catastrophe” in Arabic, the name given for the day of the creation of Israel on May 15, 1948. Adults and children held keys — either real or cardboard — signifying their homes in what is now Israeli-controlled land.