There is no master plan of History. Events happen, we witness and, later, we try to make sense of them. When tragic or momentous events do occur, we often seek to forgo patience for prescience. We want it all to … Continue reading
In July 1947, the Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF) issued a press release saying they had recovered debris of a crashed “flying disc” sparking intense media interest. They later corrected themselves by stating the materials were that of a downed … Continue reading
Which two people died on the 4th of July? Benjamin Franklin Born: 1706 George Washington Born: 1732 John Adams Born: 1735 John Hancock Born: 1737 Thomas Jefferson Born: 1743 Abraham Lincoln Born: 1809 Good luck.
Even the night before the Fourth of July, it’s easy to obtain (where legal, of course) nearly an unlimited supply of fireworks, sparklers and other brilliant incendiary devices. Though such gunpowder-based confections stir delight in children and swelling patriotism in … Continue reading
The following is a list of upcoming Footnote Member Meetings we will be holding the remainder of 2007. Salt Lake City, Utah: Friday, July 20, 2007 at 3pm IAJGS 2007 Conference Fort Wayne, Indiana: Saturday, August 18, 2007 at 2pm. … Continue reading
We will be holding a meeting of Footnote.com members at the 2007 ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C. on Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 2pm. The meeting will be held at The National Archives building in downtown Washington D.C. Footnote … Continue reading
The National Archives unveiled a handwritten note by Abraham Lincoln written on 7 July 1863 telling his generals to bring about “the litteral(sic) or substantial destruction of (Robert E.) Lee’s army” after the battle of Gettysburg. A week after Lincoln’s … Continue reading