Examples include a letter from Harry Truman to a documentarian, defending the process by which he decided to drop the atom bomb; a letter home from Kurt Vonnegut, from a repatriation camp in Germany, just after the experience that led to the writing of Slaughterhouse Five; and a secret coded letter sent by an American Lt. General during the Revolutionary War.
In On This Day, we explore how on Oct. 1, 1910, dynamite set by union member J.B. McNamara exploded and set the Los Angeles Times building ablaze, killing 21 and injuring more than 100.
In the late 19th and early 20th century, employers and workers in all parts of the United States clashed violently over wages, hours and working conditions.
Los Angeles Times owner Harrison Gray Otis published anti-union editorials and formed an organization that intimidated local businesses from hiring union labor.
The International Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers, a national union headquartered in Indianapolis, was determined to unionize the workers in Los Angeles. They often resorted to violent measures, bombing upward of 70 factories, bridges and railroad tracks between 1907 and 1911. The dynamite explosions were set off at times when people would not be in harm's way, and there were no deaths and few injuries reported before 1910. But that was all about to change.
Soon after 1:00 a.m. on Oct. 1, 1910, 16 sticks of dynamite went off in the Los Angeles Times building. They hit a natural gas line, creating a fire that engulfed the three-story building and caused the second story to collapse into the first.
Today is the 75th birthday of beloved actress and singer Julie Andrews. Some interesting tidbits from our article: Andrews took the role of Mary Poppins only after losing the role of Eliza in My Fair Lady to Audrey Hepburn. The role gave her a Best Actress Oscar in her screen debut.