July 25, 1984

Eight U.S.-born golden lion tamarins are released into the wilds of Brazil’s Poco das Antas Biological Preserve by the National Zoological Park. Fifteen animals had been sent to Brazil in November 1983 as part of a reintroduction program, and nine of them had been introduced to a half-way cage located in the wilds on May… Continue reading July 25, 1984


July 24, 1981

President Ronald Reagan visits the National Museum of American Art to view the exhibition “George Catlin: The Artist and the American Indian.” He is greeted by John Jameson, assistant secretary for administration; Harry Lowe, acting director; and curator William Truettner.


July 23, 1923

A Siberian tiger is born at the National Zoological Park. The Siberian or Amur tiger (tigris altaica) is the largest tiger subspecies and once ranged throughout Western Asia, Central Asia nad eastern Russia.


Smithsonian Magazine’s photo contest

Smithsonian Magazine’s annual photo contest—SI Castle, through Feb. 28, 2011 For its seventh annual photo contest, Smithsonian Magazine received more than 45,000 entries from the United States and around the world in the following five categories: Altered Images, Americana, The Natural World, People and Travel. The work of 30 finalists  is on display in the Smithsonian… Continue reading Smithsonian Magazine’s photo contest


July 22, 1981

“Perfect in Her Place: Women at Work in Industrial America” opens at the National Museum of American History. The exhibition includes photographs, engravings and artifacts showing American women at work from the early 19th century to the present.


July 21, 1983

The National Zoo’s giant panda Ling-Ling’s gives birth to the first giant panda cub born in the United States. Although the male cub died approximately three hours after its birth, this significant birth of an endangered mammal species renews the Zoo’s hope of future successful births.


July 20, 1979

President Jimmy Carter signs a bill (P.L. 96-36) authorizing the appropriation of $500,000 for planning of the South Quadrangle Project. The Quadrangle will be located behind the Smithsonian Institution Building “Castle,” and will be a center for African, Near Eastern and Asian cultures.


July 19, 1978

“Isis,” a sculpture by Mark di Suvero, is dedicated at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. The work was commissioned and donated by the Institute of Scrap Iron and Steel (ISIS) to commemorate its 50th anniversary. The sculpture was created by di Suvero in California, dismantled in June and shipped by truck to Washington. It… Continue reading July 19, 1978


July 17, 1985

The three American astronauts (Vance Brand, Donald “Deke” Slayton and Thomas Stafford) and the two Soviet cosmonauts (Valeriy Kubasov, Aleksey Leonov) gather at the National Air and Space Museum on the 10th anniversary of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project.


July 16, 1918

The National History Building, United States National Museum, is closed to the public. The ground floor and two exhibit floors—138,600 square feet of space— are used as office space by the Bureau of War Risk Insurance. The museum will reopen to the public after the end of World War I, in April 1919.

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