This Day in History: Sept. 8
In 1914, Baltimore celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore and the Star-Spangled Banner. The three main events were the automobile floral parade during the afternoon, the colonial garden party and tournament at Carroll Park and then an evening carnival. Many also decorated their houses and store fronts with flags, bunting and pennants (shown above). (Baltimore Sun file photo)
1892: An early version of the Pledge of Allegiance appeared in “The Youth’s Companion.”
1930: The comic strip “Blondie,” created by Chic Young, was first published.
1930: Scotch cellophane tape made its debut as a sample of the tape, invented by Richard Drew of 3M, was shipped to a Chicago firm that specialized in wrapping bakery goods in cellophane.
1952: The Ernest Hemingway novel “The Old Man and the Sea” was published.
Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.
Happy #flashbackfriday, Baltimore! Today, with storms looming, we’re throwing it back to Tuesday with this photo of the lightning dancing in the sky above #OPACY. Photo — Karl Merton Ferron, #BaltimoreSun (at Oriole Park at Camden Yards)
They appear in long-vacant buildings and carefully tended structures. Seeds dispersed by wind and birds take root, needing only water, sun and a pinch of soil. The trees are reminders that Baltimore was once a forest, and, if the trees had their way, would become one again.
The story of the trees that try to take over: http://bsun.md/1A5ntz8.
Pictured, the 1800 block of N. Charles Street, above Station North Cafe. By Amy Davis/Baltimore Sun)
Alright, Baltimore/DMV: We follow some pretty great photographers, but we want to know your favorites
And, we want to tell the Baltimore (and beyond) #photography community about them. Over on our blog, The Darkroom, we want to feature area photographers who are doing something special, original or just phenomenal, but we know there are some great photographers out there that we don’t know about.
Who are your favorites? Let us know.
We want to see your best interpretation of “Summer Vacation” for this week’s #ReaderSunShots theme. Be creative and hit us with your best shot.
To submit: Tag your photos on Instagram or Twitter with #SunShots2014, or upload directly at photos.baltimoresun.com. Winning photos will be showcased online and in print.
Pictured: Fans burst out in laughter as the Orioles Bird sprays Richard Aberbach of Baltimore with silly string between innings during the first game of the Grapefruit League Season for the Orioles at Fort Lauderdale Stadium Sat., Feb. 28, 1998. Aberbach, here on vacation to see the Orioles play, was posing for the Bird, who was holding a trick camera. (Baltimore Sun/Karl Merton Ferron)
We knew Frank Underwood could cheat, connive, even murder. But sing?
More than 100 former Playboy Bunnies will be converging on Baltimore this weekend for a semi-annual reunion. The women worked as waitresses and hostesses in the old Playboy clubs, which were once a fixture in most large cities.
The women worked in low-cut satin leotards, bunny ears and fuzzy tails, which were handed out by a “Bunny Mother.”
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of Baltimore’s Playboy club, which closed in 1977.
"Hands up, don’t shoot" has become one of the primary rallying cries for those in Ferguson, Mo., protesting the police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown last week.
The slogan has now spread to Baltimore, with a two part mural on the boarded-up back of a liquor store at the corner of East Preston Street and Greenmount Avenue. “Hands up” is on one level of the building, while a shadowy figure with arms raised is on a lower level.