DC Walkabout

The best of Washington, DC - Both past and present - in the form of a walking tour company.

TDIH March 12, 1933 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s first fireside chat. Listen to the audio here….

Happy 106th birthday to Bugsy Siegel - famous American gangster, born February 28, 1906 - largely known as one of the “godfathers” of modern Las Vegas.

Happy 106th birthday to Bugsy Siegel - famous American gangster, born February 28, 1906 - largely known as one of the “godfathers” of modern Las Vegas.

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"I have always said I would not have been President had it not been for my experience in North Dakota."
-Teddy Roosevelt

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Feb 25, 1964 - Cassius Clay defeats Sonny Liston in 7 rounds to become Heavyweight Champion of the World. Soon after, he joins the Nation of Islam and changes his name to Muhammad Ali.

Feb 25, 1964 - Cassius Clay defeats Sonny Liston in 7 rounds to become Heavyweight Champion of the World. Soon after, he joins the Nation of Islam and changes his name to Muhammad Ali.

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Feb 23, 1836 - General Santa Anna attacks the Texans, and the Battle of the Alamo begins. Otherwise known as the Thermopylae of Texas and American History.
REMEMBER THE ALAMO!

Feb 23, 1836 - General Santa Anna attacks the Texans, and the Battle of the Alamo begins. Otherwise known as the Thermopylae of Texas and American History.

REMEMBER THE ALAMO!

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2012 - 100th Anniversary of the DC Cherry Blossom Festival

2012 - 100th Anniversary of the DC Cherry Blossom Festival

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"Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder." -George Washington
Washington Monument dedicated today, Feb 21, 1885.

"Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder." -George Washington

Washington Monument dedicated today, Feb 21, 1885.

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Feb 19, 1807 - Vice President Aaron Burr arrested on charges of treason for TRYING TO START A NEW COUNTRY!




From the Washington Examiner -

On  this day, Feb. 19, in 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr was  arrested in Alabama and charged with treason in a conspiracy to steal  Louisiana Purchase lands. Burr, a Revolutionary War hero who served as  vice president (1801-05) under Thomas Jefferson, had become a divisive  figure for killing Alexander Hamilton in a famous duel three years  earlier.  Although Burr was charged with Hamilton’s death in New York  and New Jersey, he was never tried. Burr fled south and west and  eventually formed his own regiment of more than 200 men. Jefferson  declared Burr a traitor, and he was arrested on charges of plotting to  steal U.S. land to crown himself a king, or to declare an illegal war  against Spanish possessions in Mexico. Burr was brought to trial in  Richmond in a case presided over by Chief Justice of the United States  John Marshall. Burr was acquitted and lived a reclusive existence until  his death in 1836.

Feb 19, 1807 - Vice President Aaron Burr arrested on charges of treason for TRYING TO START A NEW COUNTRY!

From the Washington Examiner -

On this day, Feb. 19, in 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr was arrested in Alabama and charged with treason in a conspiracy to steal Louisiana Purchase lands. Burr, a Revolutionary War hero who served as vice president (1801-05) under Thomas Jefferson, had become a divisive figure for killing Alexander Hamilton in a famous duel three years earlier.  Although Burr was charged with Hamilton’s death in New York and New Jersey, he was never tried. Burr fled south and west and eventually formed his own regiment of more than 200 men. Jefferson declared Burr a traitor, and he was arrested on charges of plotting to steal U.S. land to crown himself a king, or to declare an illegal war against Spanish possessions in Mexico. Burr was brought to trial in Richmond in a case presided over by Chief Justice of the United States John Marshall. Burr was acquitted and lived a reclusive existence until his death in 1836.


This 1906 photo looks exactly like the actor from the movie Rudy and Lord of the Rings, Sean Astin. Maybe he is the real #Highlander

This 1906 photo looks exactly like the actor from the movie Rudy and Lord of the Rings, Sean Astin. Maybe he is the real #Highlander

"Now we’ll start this band of robbers and call it Tom Sawyer’s              Gang. Everybody that wants to join has got to take an oath, and write              his name in blood." -Huckleberry Finn, published today, 1885.
"A person who won’t read has no advantage over a person who can’t read." -Mark Twain.

"Now we’ll start this band of robbers and call it Tom Sawyer’s Gang. Everybody that wants to join has got to take an oath, and write his name in blood." -Huckleberry Finn, published today, 1885.

"A person who won’t read has no advantage over a person who can’t read." -Mark Twain.

First official White House photo of Jacqueline Kennedy. 1961.

First official White House photo of Jacqueline Kennedy. 1961.

1922 - Protest at the White House

1922 - Protest at the White House

Skiing behind a horse? Cool. In front of the Washington Monument, 1919.

Skiing behind a horse? Cool. In front of the Washington Monument, 1919.