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50 years ago today: The Ford Mustang debuts at the New York World's Fair and is a hit. http://bit.ly/1ncLCl8

Do you have Mustang memories? 

This 1965 Ford Mustang coupe, manufactured in October 1964, belonged to Eleanor McMillan, a conservator at the Smithsonian Institution. Ms. McMillan commuted to work and drove the Mustang on pleasure trips. #todayinhistory #mustang
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On the evening of the assassination of President Lincoln, Vice President Andrew Johnson woke to a loud pounding on his door at the Kirkwood hotel in Washington, D.C. Former Wisconsin Governor Leonard Farwell, who had just come from Ford's Theater, told Johnson the news. 

Johnson wanted to rush to Lincoln's side but was told to stay put until order was restored. He arrived at Lincoln's bedside at dawn. After paying his respects, he returned to the Kirkwood. 

On today's date in 1865, he took the oath of office in the hotel lobby. He had served as vice president for six weeks after a career in Tennessee politics. 

This 1864 campaign flag supported the Republican ticket including Lincoln and Johnson. More about the flag: http://bit.ly/1eEkZmE 

More on Johnson's stormy presidency: http://1.usa.gov/1l2bRGB

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Today in 1861: The Civil War begins as Confederate forces fire on Fort Sumter in South Carolina. 

This engraving is "The War Begun. The Fall of Sumter" and is by Illman Brothers from a drawing by C. Schuessele. 

We're currently research a Civil War printing press and its possible connection to Robert E. Lee: http://bit.ly/1oQihPe 

Credit: Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Civil War series, Archives Center, National Museum of American History: http://bit.ly/1oQi5zq 

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"Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter — tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther... And one fine morning — So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

Today in 1925: "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald is published. This is a David Silvette portrait of Fitzgerald, painted in 1935. It's in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery: http://bit.ly/1sFOR5C
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Today in 1974: Hank Aaron breaks Babe Ruth's career home run record of 714 in the fourth inning of a game against the Dodgers. "Hammering" Hank: http://bit.ly/1g3PCgc 

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These are brass buttons honoring George Washington that were sold as souvenirs at his inauguration. 

Today in 1789: President-elect George Washington leaves his home in Mount Vernon, Virginia, for his inauguration in New York. 

More on early presidential inaugurations: http://bit.ly/1hGkDLD
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Today in 1865: John Wilkes Booth shoots President Lincoln at Ford's Theatre. He wore this hat, which he acquired from a Washington hat maker en route to the theater.

Another (somewhat disturbing) artifact from that day: http://bit.ly/1n8wJNX

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+National Museum of American History I WANT TO TAKE THE TIMEOUT FOR AN APOLOGY TO YOU, THAT LANGUAGE DOESN'T BECOME ME.
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Now that Stephen Colbert is taking over for David Letterman, we guess this portrait must be even MORE of a national treasure.

Reminder: Not currently on display. (Sorry, +Stephan Colbert.)   http://bit.ly/1oQA6O4

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75 years ago today: Marian Anderson performed at the Lincoln Memorial after being denied access to Constitution Hall due to the "whites only" policy of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her voice dazzled the crowd--and so did her outfit. More from Smithsonian Magazine: http://bit.ly/1kqUDH1

The outfit is now in the collection of Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and on display in our building until September 2014. 

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50 years old today: the IBM 360 computer. It was the size of a room and operated on punch cards: http://bit.ly/1e800IS 

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On Flag Day, Saturday, June 14, 2014, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History invites Americans around the globe to join in a worldwide commemoration of the flag and the anthem. Raise it Up! Anthem for America will be a call to millions of Americans to participate in singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" simultaneously, led by a special guest on the National Mall, steps from the original flag that flew over Fort McHenry in 1814.

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