According to their passenger list, my Haddad ancestors first arrived on US shores Nov. 11, 1900. That was five days after President William McKinley was re-elected, beating challenger William Jennings Bryan. The next day, the World’s Fair in Paris closed. A little more than a month later, the new main building of the Ellis Island Immigration station was opened.
Want to find out what was happening on or about an important event in your family’s history? These sites can help:
History.com’s This Day in History: You’ll see a top story from on today’s date in history; click View Calendar to select another date.
Any Day in History: Pick a date and get a list of famous people’s birthdates, holidays and a timeline of historic happenings on that date.
New York Times On This Day: Find events on today’s date, or click the tiny Go To previous date link for a clickable list of dates.
On-This-Day.com: Select a date to get a list of historical events on that date.
BrainyHistory: Select a year range, then a year, and get a list of events that happened on most days of the year.
Library of Congress Today in History: Get a look at some library materials related to historic events on today’s date. Click archives to enter another date.
On This Day in History: Pick a date and see events, births and deaths that happened on that day.
What happened in my birth year?: Type in your birth year (or any year) and you’ll see a countdown and get an essay—letter by letter—about what life was like and what happened that year. This cool tool only goes back to 1900, though.
Timelines.com: Find out what happened this week in history and browse timelines such as American history, technology, famous people and sports. At the bottom of the page, click What Happened On to select a date.
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