Jun
30

June 30, 1977

The National Zoological Park’s new trail graphics system is inaugurated. The walks, which are color-coded, include tall totems of precast concrete at the beginning and end, with pictographs showing the various animals to be seen along the way and the length of the trail, walking time, services found on the trail, and a map showing… Continue reading June 30, 1977

Jun
29

June 29, 1959

Smokey Bear, a four-month-old orphaned black bear cub rescued from a forest fire in Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico, arrives at the National Zoological Park. The National Park Service erects an exhibit next to Smokey’s enclosure, and the bear becomes a famous symbol of fire prevention. Smokey died in 1976 and was replaced by… Continue reading June 29, 1959

Jun
28

June 28, 1995

The controversial “Enola Gay” exhibition about the B-29 airplane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima opens at the National Air and Space Museum.

Jun
27

June 27, 1829

James Smithson dies in Genoa, Italy. He is buried in the Protestant cemetery, about a mile west of Genoa, on a high elevation overlooking the town of Sampierdarena.

Jun
26

June 26, 1967

The Underwater Exploration section of the Hall of Armed Forces History opens in the Museum of History and Technology, now the National Museum of American History. The exhibition explores the study of historic underwater sites and trade routes in the Western Hemisphere; Spanish-American treasure; the history of diving; modern methods of diving and of locating… Continue reading June 26, 1967

Jun
25

June 25, 1971

The National Air and Space Museum’s “Apollo 11 Moon Landing” exhibition opens in the Arts and Industries Building. The exhibition contains items connected with Apollo program space flights, including a “lunar rock box,” lunar space suits, a lunar landing module identical to those used in the Apollo program, and other devices used on actual flights… Continue reading June 25, 1971

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