Stonewall Inn, June 28, 1969

In the early hours of Saturday, 28 June 1969, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons began rioting in response to a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar at 53 Christopher Street in New York City. This event and further riots and protests in the following nights were to be the defining moment in […]

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The First New York City Pride March, 1970

In the early hours of Saturday, 28 June 1969, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons began rioting in response to a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar at 53 Christopher Street in New York City. This event and further riots and protests in the following nights were to be the defining moment in […]

Tiananmen Square Crackdown, 1989

This past weekend marked the 28th Anniversary of the tragic crackdown and massacre of protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.  Students calling for a more democratic government were met with Chinese troops and tanks in a brutal show of force.  Although there is no officially reported death toll, estimates range from several hundred to thousands. At the National Museum … Continue reading Tiananmen Square Crackdown, 1989

The Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue

New York's Easter Parade began as a religious and fashion spectacular in the 1880's, conceived in New York's ornate Gothic churches such as St. Patrick's Cathedral, Trinity Episcopal Church, and St. Thomas' Episcopal Church. In the nineteenth century, the sanctuaries of these churches were decorated in abundance with Easter flowers, which inspired church members to … Continue reading The Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue

The 20th Century in New Jersey

Let us revisit the 20th Century, perhaps the most momentous century in human history.   I would like to do a piece on as many of the important, interesting events in the 20th Century as I possibly can, in no specific sequence whatsoever. In the meantime, here in chronological order are important moments in the last century in one state--New Jersey… In 1904, … Continue reading The 20th Century in New Jersey