History

Off the Page is the title of a new exhibit at the Lloyd Library of the works of Maria Sibylla Merian who discovered the theory of metamorphoses 150 years before Darwin's Theory of Evolution. 

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World War I began in Europe on July 28, 1914, but the United States did not enter the war until April 6, 1917. More than 17 million military personnel and civilians died, and another 20 million were wounded, in what was once known as "the war to end all wars." American deaths totaled more than 116,000.

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Robert Doolan was born in Cincinnati on the eve of the Unites States' entry into World War I, enlisted in the Army Air Corps in January 1941 and served as navigator on a B-17 bomber. His plane was shot down over Holland, he was captured and served 16 months as a German prisoner of war. 

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Commentary: Our David Lewis talks about – and shares the music of – Cincinnati native, torch singer, Broadway phenom, and possibly the inventor of the strapless dress, Libby Holman.

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In the summer of 2015, a team of archaeologists led by University of Cincinnati researchers discovered and excavated a Bronze Age warrior’s tomb in southwestern Greece. 

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He was a celebrated cavalry officer, nationally known and deeply respected by the soldiers who served under him, and rival of Confederate raider John Hunt Morgan. 

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Seventy-five years ago today, Japanese forces attacked the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Discover The Hidden History Of Cincinnati

Dec 6, 2016
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Pete Rose has a downtown street named after him, but there are many once-famous Cincinnatians who have been all but forgotten. For example, our city is home to the first black Olympic champion, the artist who created the comic strip and the inventor of the Magic 8 Ball. Cincinnati Enquirer librarian and history writer Jeff Suess uncovers details about these individuals, as well as some of the many forgotten events that took place here, in his book, “Hidden History of Cincinnati” – which goes back to a time before Cincinnati was even Cincinnati. 

The History And Meaning Of Gold Star Mothers

Nov 22, 2016
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This summer, many Americans heard the phrases Gold Star Families and Gold Star Mothers for the first time. The terms come from the Service Flag that originated during World War I. 

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Many political watchers say no American statesman has been as revered and as reviled as Henry Kissinger. 

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Who'da thunk it? Be honest, how many of you thought Jerry Springer's daytime talk show, which premiered Sept. 30, 1991, on five TV stations, would last long enough to mark its 25th anniversary today.

Not me. I was recently reminded that when I reviewed the premiere, I recommended that Jerry not give up his "desk job" anchoring WLWT-TV's news.

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There is a reason Cincinnati has adopted the flying pig as its unofficial mascot. It's a  reminder of the city's early days, when the pork processing industry was so vital to the city's local life and economy Cincinnati was known as Porkopolis. 

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Of all his memorable movies roles – and Gene Wilder had many – my favorite was Wilder as the washed-up Waco kid gunslinger in Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles."

So why "Blazing Saddles," when news reports about his death today at age 83 from complications with Alzheimer's disease mention "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," "The Producers," "Young Frankenstein, "Stir Crazy," "Bonny and Clyde," "Silver Streak" or "The Woman In Red" with his wife, Gilda Radner?

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In August 1955, Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African American boy, was kidnapped and murdered by two white men in Money, Mississippi for reportedly flirting with a white woman. An all-white, male jury acquitted the men, who later admitted their guilt.

Commentary: The Ohio Phonograph Company

Jul 8, 2016

The Ohio Phonograph Company was the first record company to operate out of Cincinnati, and its history involves legal battles with the father of the phonograph, Thomas Edison

The lesser-known connection between General Ulysses S. Grant and the Underground Railroad is explored in-depth in the book Ulysses Underground: the Unexplored Roots of U. S. Grant and the Underground Railroad

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Preparations are underway for next year’'s 150th anniversary of the Roebling Suspension Bridge that connects Cincinnati and Covington.

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1789 was a perilous time for the newly-formed United States. The first representatives of the new Federal Congress arrived in New York City with little idea how the nation's government would actually work. There were arguments underway over numerous issues from presidential power to national finance, as well as the idea of placing the nation's capital on the Potomac River.

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The political environment of 1896 had a lot of similarities to today: an electorate transformed by a growing immigrant population, an uncertain economy disrupted by new technology, growing income inequality and political gridlock that prevented the parties from resolving big issues.

George Washington Carver was an accomplished botanist, known for his discovery of many uses for the peanut, but his life required great perseverance and character to overcome a wealth of societal obstacles.

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