Roller derbies have been making a comeback in the U.S. and worldwide since the early 2000s. But few realize that the sport dates back to the 1930s, and that early iterations were a bit like WWE — as much about theatrics as they were about skating.
Dolphins have never been native to Baltimore, but the city has had them anyway for years thanks to the National Aquarium, which acquired its first flippers when it opened in the early 1980s. This week, the institution announced plans to relocate their eight remaining dolphins to a sanctuary by 2020. Here’s a look back at the history of these mammals in Baltimore.
Although New York City’s Ellis Island gets more attention for its status as a hub for immigrants, just behind it was the port of Baltimore. The newly-opened Immigration Museum in Locust Point honors the experience of the millions who came through the port here.
Today marks one of the most memorable Election Days in Maryland history, and to celebrate, we’re looking at photos from election days of yore in Baltimore. Most of the photos pictures are from the 1950s, a highly segregated time in the city’s history — and an era when The Sun’s coverage focused on white citizens.
Crowds turned out with Mexican flags (and one sombrero) to greet the arrival of the Mexican Navy’s training ship the Cuauhtémoc to Batlimore’s Inner Harbor on Saturday, April 23, 2016. For Mexican-American families, it was an occasion to share some cultural pride with their children who have grown up in the U.S. Let it be said, the Mexican Navy knows how to make an entrance: the ship arrived right on time, with music playing and marineros standing in formation on the ballusts, defying gravity, and making acrophobic observers a bit anxious. The ship came from Cuba and will be stationed in the harbor until April 27, when she will set sail for New England and then Europe.
In 1816, Baltimore became the first city in the United States to install gas street lamps, which allowed Baltimoreans to go about their business past nightfall. In 2016, Light City Baltimore is celebrating Baltimore’s legacy of light with installations and activities throughout the city. We’re opening the Sun’s archives to take a look back at the gas lamps of history — the last were lit in 1957.