Past Times Blog
Posted by Teresa Leonard on December 6, 2013
The recent 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination had people remembering “where they were when...” For an earlier generation, the same was true every Dec. 7 on the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. In 1991, the 50th anniversary of that “day of infamy,” N&O writer Treva Jones spoke to Triangle residents who remembered the events of that Sunday and how they learned the news.
It started as a typical Sunday afternoon in North Carolina 50 years ago. People had gotten home from church. Most had finished Sunday dinner.
In Raleigh, 4,000 people were in Memorial Auditorium for a performance of Handel’s “The Messiah.” But even as the choir sang, the world was changing forever.
Posted by Teresa Leonard on November 28, 2013
Prior to 1863, people in different states celebrated Thanksgiving on different dates and in eight different months. Abraham Lincoln stabilized the holiday, setting aside the last Thursday of November. Because November has five Thursdays some years, the day was later switched to the fourth.
Posted by Teresa Leonard on November 27, 2013
"Tornadoes, unlike hurricanes, don't have names. They aren't here long enough for us to get that familiar with them. But no one who lived through the tornado that broke the back of Raleigh's Crown Oaks subdivision will ever forget those few moments after 1 a.m. Monday."
Posted on November 12, 2013
“In the 365 days that have passed since I set that thing out there,” Haywood said, “the machine has been used at least once daily by the public or home folk people who either are mad at themselves or want to kick themselves for sport.
Posted by Teresa Leonard on October 30, 2013
Orson Welles, 23-year-old theatrical prodigy who frightened hundreds of radio listeners last night with a dramatization of “Men from Mars,” called in reporters tonight and promised never to do it again.
Posted by Teresa Leonard on October 29, 2013
Hysteria among radio listeners throughout the nation and actual panicky evacuations from sections of the metropolitan area resulted from a too-realistic radio broadcast tonight describing a fictitious and devastating visitation of strange men from Mars.