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@Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The Ruby Slippers are back on display! Legal: https://t.co/dJOZaQ7IFu

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"The first demand is that we have effective Civil Rights legislation, no compromise, no filibuster," announced Bayard Rustin from the stage of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963.

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"The Dick Van Dyke Show" became the prototype for workplace and family situation comedy. We have a memorable part of Reiner's "The Dick Van Dyke Show" costume. Discover the story:

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Reiner inspired generations of comedians with his boundless creativity, self-deprecating sense of humor, and crafting of the language of modern comedy.

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Today in 1942: FDR signs an order #EO9066 ) allowing incarceration of Japanese Americans. Background:

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A child's Superman cape, an award from a fair, a ring intended for a future husband. These objects reflect facets of Matthew Shepard's life. Today, they join our collection, representing the story of a young man who was so much more than his brutal murder in 1998. #LGBTQhistory 

76 years ago today, the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, an all African American unit, were part of the first waves of soldiers on Omaha and Utah beaches on D-Day. They brought barrage balloons ashore to help protect the soldiers that would follow.

Today in 1776: The Declaration of Independence is read aloud to Gen. Washington's troops in New York. Lithograph:

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Like many of the men and women born into slavery, Frederick Douglass did not know his exact date of birth. The abolitionist leader and civil rights champion adopted February 14 as his birthday. #BlackHistoryMonth 

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On June 19, 1865, the U.S. Army arrived in Texas and issued General Orders, Number 3, proclaiming that all enslaved people in the state were free. The announcement made freedom a reality and came to be known as Juneteenth.

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