More than 75 lifeguards from Maryland’s state parks converged on Sandy Point State Park near Annapolis to compete for bragging rights in events that tested their swimming, running and rescue skills.
A rumbling thunderstorm played a role in this year’s July 24 Chincoteague pony swim. Sun photographer Erin Kirkland shares her behind-the-scenes account from the annual event.
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.
The second installment of Hidden Maryland heads to NASA Goddard, which is assembling parts of the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to Hubble. Only contractors and NASA employees can enter the clean room, where the work is taking place, but not before entering an air shower and covering themselves from head to toe in special, sterile attire.
On August 28, 1963, 11-month-old Sharon Langley made history, becoming the first African-American child to ride the merry-go-round at Gwynn Oak Amusement Park. But it took years for the park to be desegregated after countless protests.
Hans Marx, a self-taught photographer, worked for The Baltimore Sun from 1937 to 1955. His award-winning career was capped in 1953 when he was recognized as the Newspaper Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association.
It has been a year since Sparrows Point steel mill has closed its doors. The sounds of the one-time bustling steel giant has gone silent, still echoing only in the memories of workers and Dundalk residents nearby. At one entrance off I-695 and Route 158, a sign seen from the massive complex reads “America: Strong as Steel!”, which serves as a reminder of the past. In the coming years, the entire facility will be razed and the steel plant will only be a footnote in Baltimore’s history.