Today in History: June 13, 1927

Photo of the front page of The Sun from June 13, 1927, headline LINDBERGH LANDS IN NEW YORK

The front page of The Sun from Monday, June 13, 1927, with the headline LINDBERGH LANDS IN NEW YORK.

This morning, an Arlington resident donated a copy of this issue of The Sun: it happened to be today’s date, June 13…1927. But the first thing I noticed wasn’t the paper’s date, but the headline: LINDBERGH LANDS IN NEW YORK.

We have access to lots of historical newspapers via our databases and microfilm at the library, but it’s something else to hold a ninety-year-old piece of newsprint in your hands and marvel a little. (And then put it down before it crumbles to pieces, and go wash your hands.)

If you’re interested in more historical documents related to Lindbergh, try our aforementioned databases and microfilm, or visit the Digital Public Library of America (dp.la) for various primary source documents. If you’re more interested in history through the lens of fiction, you might like Melanie Benjamin’s novel The Aviator’s Wife or Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America.

What cool thing have you discovered at the library recently?

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