Video: '"Marian Anderson Sings at the Lincoln Memorial" Newreel Story'
(Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939, 5:00-5:30 p.m. EST, during the Civil rights movement (1896–1954)) — Singer Marian Anderson performed an open air concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. to 75,000 people today after being denied the use of Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution because she was black. Continue reading Marian Anderson performs historic concert at Lincoln Memorial 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 9 1939)
(Wednesday, April 9, 1969) — The Beatles held posed for an extended photo session today in two locations: the Madingley Club on Willoughby Road in East Twickenham in London, followed by more shots taken at number 4 Ducks Walk where they boarded a boat on the River Thames. Continue reading The Beatles pose for extended photo session in London 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 9 1969)
Video: 'Mercury 7 Press Conference' (3 videos)
(Thursday, April 9, 1959) — Seven young military test pilots (Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Donald Slayton) were presented as the first seven U.S. astronauts, quickly dubbed the “Mercury Seven,” at a press conference held today by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Washington. Continue reading NASA introduces first seven U.S. astronauts 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 9 1959)