Velocipede to Work Day!

Patent Drawing for J. O. Lose’s One Wheeled Vehicle, 09/01/1885

It’s a wet #BikeToWorkDay in Washington, DC, but luckily J.O. Lose’s patented one-wheeled velocipede is equipped with an umbrella!

Penny-farthing?  Monowheel? Fixie?  How are you biking to work today?

A Saturn V rocket launches from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 16, 1969, carrying the crew of Apollo 11 on their historic mission to the surface of the Moon.

The Eagle Has Landed,The Flight of Apollo 11, 1969

From the series: Headquarters’ Films Relating to Aeronautics, compiled 1962 - 1981. Record Group 255: Records of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1903 - 2006

In Vermont, even dogs get excited for the Bookwagon!

Happy National Bookmobile Day!

From “The Day the Books Went Blank”, a 1961 educational film intended to show the importance of maintaining quality libraries, from The Library Extension Agencies of the six New England States.


Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, August 7, 1963 – August 9, 1963

The youngest child of President John Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy was born five and a half weeks early at the Otis Air Force Base (now Otis Air National Guard Base) Hospital on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He developed symptoms of Hyaline Membrane Disease (or infant respiratory distress syndrome) and was transferred to Boston Children’s Hospital. He died two days later.

From this Universal Newsreel film, produced August 8th, 1963:

The dramatic miracle of birth and a fight for life is enacted at Otis Air Force Base on Cape Cod as Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy gives birth to a premature son, the first child born to a President in office in 69 years. Thousands of good wishes and prayers pour in as the President stands vigil at Boston’s Children’s Hospital as Patrick Bouvier Kennedy wages his fight for life.

Universal Newsreel Volume 36, Release 65, 08/08/1963, via the National Archives, todaysdocument