More than 50 years ago in 1960, snow fell across Baltimore for the first snow day of the year, one that struck early in the season on Dec. 11 and Dec. 12. The snowfall left about a foot of snow in western Maryland as well as 14 inches at Baltimore and Greenbelt.
Many Americans today will toast the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, a 14-year ban on the sale and production of alcohol that turned booze-smuggling thugs into celebrities and otherwise law-abiding citizens into criminals.
Baltimore had its own Thanksgiving Day parade sponsored by local department store Hochschild, Kohn & Co.
In the long history of photojournalism at The Baltimore Sun, there have been a number of great photographers. The new book, “Darkroom: Iconic Photography from Seven Baltimore Sun Photographers,” highlights some of The Sun‘s most talented visual artists and their body of work.
As my time at The Baltimore Sun comes to a close, I was asked to encapsulate the 30 years (half my life) in a few paragraphs – which is impossible. If added together, I’ve spent years at a variety of stadiums, arenas and gyms around the country, with an up-close view of sports history. I’ve covered World Series, Super Bowls, Final Fours, Stanley Cup Finals, etc., and I’ve been paid to be there — what a job! My career in Baltimore lasted longer then Cal Ripken Jr.’s, and I have thousands of photos to prove it.
The Korean War ended 60 years ago on July 27, 1953, with the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement. Truce talks had started July 10, 1951, after United States and United Nations forces went to the aid of South Korea who was invaded by North Korea June 25, 1950.
The Korean War, often called the “Forgotten War,” saw some 5.8 million American soldiers, sailors and air force members serve their country. The Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. honors their service and sacrifice.
At the time, The Baltimore Sun sent several war correspondents to Korea to cover the war including James M. Cannon and John T. Ward who sent back photos from the front lines. According to the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, 527 Maryland citizens died in hostile action. Their names along with those still listed as missing in action are on Maryland’s Korean War Memorial, located at 2903 Boston Street in Canton.
See photos from reenactments of the Battle of Gettysburg through the years.
In his latest Back Story post, Sun reporter Frederick N. Rasmussen looks back at the Baltimore Outdoor Art Festival at Druid Hill Park — which was resurrected as the Art Outside festival Sunday after a 40-year hiatus.
Take a spin through memory lane with these retro photos from the arts festival.