On this day: the 1919 Preakness Stakes

The winners of the 1919 Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Maryland in the United States, photographed on the 14th of May.

Chicago-born jockey Johnny Loftus (13 October 1895 – 23 March 1976) won the race with Kentucky-bred thoroughbred Sir Barton.



On this day…

American Civil War veteran Joseph Dutton, who fought for the Union in the 13th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment, photographed on the 27th of November, 1919.

This was Thanksgiving Day in the United States in the year 1919.

Following the war, Dutton went on to convert to Catholicism and work as a missionary in Molokai, Hawaii.



On this day: a bombing spree in the US

Palmer_BombingThe house of Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer after being bombed by Galleanist Carlo Valdinoci.

Aftermath of the first of two assassination attempts on the life of Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer.

On the 2nd of June, 1919 followers of Italian-born anarchist Luigi Galleani set off eight bombs simultaneously in eight different cities of the United States.

Italian Anarchist Luigi Galleani

Luigi Galleani

The bombs were sent to various government officials, including those who had supported the conviction and deportation of anarchists.

In response, several hundred anarchists were deported. The bombings were one of the major causes of America’s Red Scare, a campaign against Bolshevism and anarchism.

On this day…

King George V presents a trophy to the captain of the New Zealand Services Rugby Team in London on the 16th of April, 1919.

Rugby saw a revival in 1919, as during the First World War few international rugby matches were played. However, from 1914-18 the sport was continued by men in military service.


King_George_V_presents_a_cup_to_the_captain_of_the_winning_New_Zealand_Services_Rugby_Team,_LondonKing George V presents a cup to the captain of the winning New Zealand Services Rugby Team, London. 16 April 1919.

On this day: the Great Boston Molasses Flood

BostonMolassesDisasterPanorama of the Molasses Disaster site.

The wreckage after the disaster.

On the 15th of January 1919, a giant molasses tank burst in Boston, USA, causing a flood that killed twenty-one people. 150 were injured.

The molasses tank in the North End of Boston, before its explosion in 1919.

The tank photographed before its collapse.

Boston Post edition of January 16, 1919 describing the Boston Molasses Disaster.

The Boston Post reporting, before the final death toll was known.

The disaster occurred around 12:30pm, and at its worst the flood reached heights of about 25 feet (7.6 metres).

Elevated train structure damaged by shrapnel from the 1919 Boston Molasses Disaster.

The flood caused serious damage to points of the elevated train.

800px-USS_Ranger_(1876)_at_AlgiersUSS Ranger at Algiers on 6 July 1913. Later the USS Nantucket.

The first people to arrive on the scene were cadets from the USS Nantucket (photographed in 1913 before its name changed).