Happy birthday to photographer Ansel Adams, born today in 1902. His photos in our collection: http://ow.ly/Y5HWv
This is his "Oak Tree in Snow."
Today in 1775: George Washington assumes command of the Continental Army.
This blue wool coat is part of a suit of regimentals made for Washington in 1789. It has a buff wool rise-and-fall collar, buff cuffs and lapels, and buff lining; there is a row of yellow metal buttons on each lapel, as well as on each cuff.
In December 1798, Washington was recorded wearing this uniform when he visited Philadelphia on Provisional Army duty. He wore a similar uniform when he was commissioned by the Continental Congress as commander in chief of the Continental army.
Today, we reflect on the legacy of musician David Bowie.
Did you know Bowie and Bing Crosby recorded "Little Drummer Boy" together in 1977? The Washington Post asks, "How did this almost surreal mash-up of the mainstream and the avant-garde, of cardigan-clad '40s-era crooner and glam rocker, happen?" The story of this odd pairing and total re-tooling of the original song: http://s.si.edu/1N2KOH9