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Historic gas lamps of Baltimore

Historic gas lamps of Baltimore

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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.

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From the vault: Cherry Blossom Queens and trees in Washington, D.C.

From the vault: Cherry Blossom Queens and trees in Washington, D.C.

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More than 3,000 of the trees were planted along Washington D.C.’s tidal basin in 1912, a gift from Japan. Since then Washingtonians have celebrated the annual blooming of the pink blossoms with a parade, and even a beauty pageant.

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30th anniversary of Space Shuttle Challenger disaster

30th anniversary of Space Shuttle Challenger disaster

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Thirty years ago today the Challenger Space Shuttle rocketed into the sky aimed at history.

On board were six astronauts and a teacher, bound to prove that with training, any American could dream of helping explore beyond our world. But as the Challenger rocketed into the sky disaster struck. The moment of human achievement lasted 73 seconds before it became human tragedy.

That night, instead of giving the State of the Union Address, President Ronald Reagan spoke to a grieving nation. Several quotes from that speech have been echoed over the past three decades, but perhaps one that might best capture the spirit of the crew is this one: “The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave.”

The seven astronauts were Michael Smith, Dick Scobee, Judith Resnik, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis, and school teacher Christa McAuliffe.

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Baltimore’s biggest snow storms

Baltimore’s biggest snow storms

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Text by Scott Dance

With two feet or more of snow predicted, this weekend’s blizzard will likely rank Baltimore’s biggest winter storms. The so-called “Knickerbocker” storm of 1922 dropped 26.5 inches of snow in Baltimore and killed 98 people when it collapsed the roof of the Knickerbocker Theatre in Washington, D.C. It was expected to surpass the 21.3 inches that fell during the “Great Arctic Outbreak” of 1899. It will be hard to ever top the back-to-back storms of “Snowmageddon” in February 2010 were, with a combined 44.5 inches of snowfall over five days.

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From the Vault: The Blizzard of 1996

From the Vault: The Blizzard of 1996

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Excerpt from an article published on January 8, 1996

One of the biggest winter storms of the century slammed into Maryland yesterday, paralyzing the state with a blinding mix of fast-falling snow and ferocious winds that could turn this morning’s commute into a slow, agonizing crawl.

If there’s a commute at all.

Motorists were expected to face nearly 2 feet of powdery snow. Forecasters say the snow, driven by winds with gusts topping 30 mph, will make it tough — if not impossible — for plows to keep major highways clear before the first commuters venture out around dawn.

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