After 10 years of construction and $68 million spent, the Baltimore Beltway opened on July 1, 1962. At the time, its 32.8 toll-free miles made it the biggest urban highway project every undertaken by the State Roads Commission.
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Every year since the 1800’s, revelers have flocked to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. Many historians believe that the first American Mardi Gras took place on March 3, 1699 when French explorers landed in what is now Louisiana. They held a small celebration and dubbed the spot Point du Mardi Gras.
Parades with floats, marching bands and party-goers throwing beads, wearing masks and eating King Cake are all part of the ongoing tradition of Mardi Gras. Browse through archive photos dating back to the 1940s to see how the celebration has evolved.
Every year over 2,500 dogs compete in one of the most prestigious dog shows in the world, The Westminster Dog Show. The show was first held in 1877 and is the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the U.S., second only to the Kentucky Derby.
This year’s contest runs February 16-17 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
It’s been 50 years since I-95 opened between Baltimore and Wilmington. The highway transformed interstate commerce on the East Coast, creating a fast road link between the Northeast and the MidAtlantic. It also opened rural Harford County for suburban development.
Sunday Silence might have lacked pedigree, some would say, but in 1989 he had the Cinderella story, he was the winning underdog who went on to be one of America’s greatest racehorses, and he’d probably even be a card-carrying member of today’s 99%, if he were still alive.