October 26, 1993

The National Air and Space Museum opens an exhibition featuring the world’s first operational jet bomber, the German Arado Ar 234B Blitz. The exhibition is the second in the museum’s “Air Power in World War II” series.


October 25, 1983

“The Naming of America&rdquo opens at the National Museum of American History. The exhibition displays the world map created by German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller in 1507, thought to be the first map on which the name “America” was used.


“Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations”

“Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations”—Natural History Museum through May 1, 2011 Discover the history of Cyprus, its struggles and achievements—through a rich collection of antiquities, many of which will be on view for the first time outside the country. This exhibition is presented in coordination with the Embassy of Cyprus, Director of Antiquities.


October 24, 1968

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is established by the United States Congress (P.L. 90-637), and is placed at the Smithsonian Institution under a Board of Trustees appointed by former President Lyndon Johnson and President Richard Nixon. In 1970, it will be installed in the newly created floors occupying the former upper main hall… Continue reading October 24, 1968


October 23, 1826

James Smithson makes his will while residing in Bentinck Street, Cavendish Square, London. The conditions for the bequest to the United States are: “In the case of the death of my said Nephew [Henry James Hungerford] without leaving a child or children, or the death of the child or children he may have had under… Continue reading October 23, 1826


October 22, 1923

The transfer of deer, wild goats, sheep and cattle to new enclosures near the Connecticut Avenue entrance of the National Zoological Park is completed without incident.


October 21, 1993

“Willem de Kooning from the Hirshhorn Museum Collection,” opens at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and will be on display through January 9, 1994. This launches an extensive tour of 50 works charting the Dutch-born American artist’s development from 1939-1985. The exhibition will also travel to Barcelona, Atlanta, Boston and Houston.

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