The Baltimore Sun teamed up with Baltimore Heritage for a photowalk on May 27th during the Sowebohemian Arts and Music Festival in West Baltimore. Nearly 35 photographers turned out for the afternoon tour that showcased the neighborhood’s unique parks and landmarks. Here’s a collection of photos from the photowalk that include snapshots of Hollins Market, Union Square, H.L. Mencken’s House, Franklin Square and Baltimore Street.
Founder’s Day in England celebrates the escape of the future King Charles II after defeat in the Battle of Worchester in 1651. The King evaded capture by hiding in a royal oak tree. As part of the celebration the Chelsea Pensioners, British veteran soldiers at the the Royal Chelsea Hospital, are inspected by a member of the royal family. This year the honors were carried out by Sophie, Countess of Wessex. All members of the ceremonies wear sprigs of oak leaves to commemorate the escape. The hospital was founded by King Charles II in 1682 and is home to some 300 pensioners.
Not many know the story behind the iconic photo of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower speaking with a group of U.S. paratroopers on the eve of the D-Day invasion. Former Sun librarian Susan S. Waters told reporter Frederick N. Rasmussen details of the encounter for a story published in The Sun in 1999. Wallace C. Strobel, the young paratrooper with the blackened face and jumpmaster’s No. 23 standing in front of Eisenhower in the photo, was in fact, Waters’ father. So what did Ike say to the soldiers? The obvious guess would be that Eisenhower was rallying the paratroopers with words of victory, a great crusade and defeating the Nazis, but as Rasmussen wrote, it was actually fishing that was the topic of conversation.
Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee concluded Tuesday with a Thanksgiving service at St. Paul’s Cathedral as well as a carriage procession through central London. The dignified conclusion ended a four-day celebration around the country that included a 1,000-boat flotilla on the River Thames and a pop concert in front of Buckingham Palace. Missing from festivities was the Queen’s husband of 64 years, Prince Philip, who was taken ill Monday. The celebrations brought many who cheered on Britain’s leading lady and honors the 86-year-old queen’s 60th anniversary since taking the throne in 1952.
For the past three days, Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee had been ramping up for a spectacular musical event to honor her 60 years atop of the British throne. Pop royalty including Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Elton John entertained the Queen along with 10,000 ticket-holders who were lucky enough to watch the performances live on a circular stage.
Britain continued celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II Monday ahead of the Diamond Jubilee Buckingham Palace Concert. Hundreds of thousands turned out, wearing masks of the Royal Family, waving Union Jack flags, and cheering — nothing short of a British-style tailgating party before the main event. Elton John, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, and Kylie Minogue were among performers at the concert that honored the 86-year-old queen.
The River Thames in London was a spectacular sight on Sunday with an extravaganza of steam boats, tugs, speed boats and historic vessels as part of festivities for Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. The Queen joined the armada of 1,000 boats in a gilded royal barge as revelers braved the rainy weather to help celebrate the occasion by waving flags, popping bottles of champagne and cheering.
The 86-year-old queen celebrates her 60th anniversary since taking the throne in 1952. She is the second-longest serving monarch. According to Reuters, only five other kings and queens in British history have reigned for 50 years or more: Victoria (63 years), George III (59 years), Henry III (56 years), Edward III (50 years), and James VI of Scotland (James I of England) (58 years).
Baltimore Sun video editor Christopher T. Assaf visits the Oval Office after winning the Photography – Sports Action category in the White House News Photographer Association’s ‘Eyes of History’ contest.
FINAL UPDATE: 14-year-old Snigdha Nandipati from San Diego, California correctly spells the french word “guetapens” to win the 85th Scripps National Spelling Bee Championship.
For most of us growing up, our dreams of spelling glory are dashed right in the classroom, never making it out to regional competitions and state-wide spelling bees. And no matter how many games of Words with Friends some of us play, we’ll still never be spelling gurus like the 278 kids from around the country who are invited each year to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Once again, with excitement and curiosity, we look forward to watching this year’s crop of young spellers battle it out. Wednesday’s preliminaries are sure to not disappoint with a mix of newbies, three of last year’s finalists — Nabeel Rahman, Arvind Mahankali and Samuel Estep, and the youngest speller to ever compete, Lori Anne Madison, who is only 6-years-old. Only 50 competitors will go on to tomorrow’s semifinals.
In preparation of Thursday night’s finals, let’s take a look at the thoughts, yawns and reactions on the bright faces from today’s preliminaries, along with those of previous national contestants. We’ve also included the winning words and their definitions from 2000-2011.