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A Journey Through Time

Every city, state and country has historic sites that tell a story, whether it’s as significant as the signing of the Declaration of Independence or as simple as the childhood of a famous author. And when you connect with those stories, you can truly connect with your destination.

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Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) was a guitarist and singer-songwriter. He has been called the greatest electric guitar player of all time. Learn more about him at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. 960 1280

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Maya Angelou (born 1928) is a civil-rights activist, poet and autobiographer. Author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou was recently awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom. In October, 2010, 343 boxes of Angelou's correspondence, notes and personal papers were donated to the Schromberg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City, and will be available to the public some time in 2012. 960 1280

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Louis Armstrong (1901-1971) was an American trumpet player and singer. He played a pivotal role in the development of jazz. Visit the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, NY, to learn more. 960 1280

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Civil-rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) remains the most iconic figure of the American civil-rights movement. He is known for his teachings of nonviolence, and a memorial to honor his life is currently under construction in Washington, DC. To learn more about Dr. King, visit the King Center in Atlanta, GA. 960 1280

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American boxer Muhammad Ali (born 1942) is considered one of the greatest heavyweight championship boxers of all time. Visit the Ali Center in Louisville, KY, to learn more about his remarkable life. 960 1280

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A television personality and philanthropist, Oprah Winfrey (born 1954) has been called one of the most influential women in the world. On an episode of her show, she mentioned that she loved angel statuettes but couldn't find any black ones. Her viewers responded and mailed her so many, that she recently donated her collection to the Angel Museum in Beloit, WI. 960 1280

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Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993), shown here with former President Lyndon Johnson, was the first African-American member of the Supreme Court. Visit the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, for a look at his personal notes and papers. 960 1280

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Michael Jordan (born 1963) is considered one of the best basketball players of all time, and is credited with helping popularize the NBA around the world. Visit the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA, to learn more. 960 1280

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Rosa Parks (1913-2005) was an American civil-rights activist, famous for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger. Her arrest sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, an important turning point in the civil-rights movement. Visit the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI, to get a look at the bus Parks rode. 960 1280

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Malcolm X (1925-1965) was an influential Muslim minister, autobiographer, and human-rights activist. Learn more about Malcolm X by visiting New York City's Memorial/Education Center at the Shabazz Center, the site of his assassination in 1965. 960 1280

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Aretha Franklin (born 1942) is a singer, songwriter and pianist who has been called one of the greatest singers of all time and is widely regarded as the Queen of Soul. Learn more at the new exhibit, Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power, opening in May at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. 960 1280

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Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) was a former slave who taught himself to read and write and became an author, orator and abolitionist. To learn more, take a tour of Cedar Hill, Douglass' home in Washington, DC. 960 1280

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Hank Aaron (born 1934) is considered one of the best baseball players of all time. In 1973 he broke Babe Ruth's home-run record. Visit Turner Field in Atlanta, GA, to see the fence that Aaron hit his 715th home run over. 960 1280

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Harriet Tubman (1822-1913) was an abolitionist famous for her many trips along the Underground Railroad. After escaping from slavery herself, she helped more than 70 others escape to freedom. Learn more about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, OH. 960 1280

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James Brown (1933-2005) was a singer and has been referred to as the Godfather of Soul. Visit the Augusta Museum of History in Augusta, GA, to learn more. 960 1280

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Miles Davis (1926-1991) was a composer, trumpeter and key figure in the history of jazz. You can pay your respects at Woodlawn Cemetery in New York City. 960 1280

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Ray Charles (1930-2004) has been called one of the greatest artists of all time. He was one of the first African-American musicians to be given artistic control by a mainstream record company and is often called the pioneer of soul music. To learn more, visit the Ray Charles Memorial Library in Los Angeles, CA, when it opens to the public in 2011. 960 1280

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Jackie Robinson (1919-1972) was the American baseball player who broke the 'color line' in baseball when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Learn more about Jackie Robinson at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, located in Cooperstown, NY. 960 1280

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Sojourner Truth (1797-1883) was born into slavery but escaped to become an abolitionist, women's-rights activist and orator. Visit Florence, MA, to see her memorial. 960 1280

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On March 11 and 12, 1888, a devastating nor'easter dumped 40 to 50 inches of snow in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. Huge snow drifts buried houses and trains, and the turbulent seas sank 200 ships with a loss of over 400 lives. 960 1280

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The Great Blizzard of February 11-14, 1899, impacted a large area from Georgia to Maine, producing record low temperatures, some of which still stand today. Snowfall began in Florida and moved rapidly north. Washington, DC, recorded 20 inches in a single day; New Jersey, 34 inches -- still a record. 960 1280

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The Great Lakes Storm (aka 'The White Hurricane') of 1913 was a blizzard with hurricane-force winds that devastated the region from November 7 to 10, 1913. It was the deadliest and most destructive natural disaster ever to hit the lakes, killing more than 250 people. In this photo, the people of Cleveland dig out of the mess. 960 1280

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The Knickerbocker Storm was a blizzard that occurred on January 27 and 28, 1922, in the upper South and Mid-Atlantic. The storm took its name from the resulting collapse of the Knickerbocker Theatre in Washington, DC, (pictured here), which killed 98 people and injured 133. 960 1280

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The Armistice Day Blizzard pounded the Midwest on November 11, 1940. The raging storm produced snowfalls of up to 27 inches, winds of 50 to 80 mph, 20-foot snow drifts and 50-degree temperature drops over much of Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. A total of 145 deaths were blamed on the storm. 960 1280

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The Blizzard of 1977 was a deadly blizzard that hit upstate New York and Southern Ontario from January 28 to February 1, 1977. The actual snowfall total was only 12 inches, but several days of sustained arctic gale-force winds kicked up huge snow drifts piled high on frozen Lake Erie and dumped them into the surrounding area. The blizzard was the first to be declared a Federal Emergency. 960 1280

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The Blizzard of 1978 was a catastrophic nor'easter that brought blizzard conditions to New England and the New York metropolitan area from February 5 to 7. Boston set a record with 27.1 inches of snow, as did Providence, RI, with 27.6 inches. The storm killed approximately 100 people and caused over $520 million in damage. 960 1280

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The Storm of the Century was a large cyclonic storm that occurred on March 12 and 13, 1993. It is unique for its hurricane-force winds and massive size -- stretching from Canada to Central America. Areas as far south as Alabama and Georgia received 8 to 16 inches of snow. The storm was responsible for 300 deaths and the loss of electric power to over 10 million customers. 960 1280

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The Blizzard of 1999 slammed Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio on January 2-4, 1999. It dumped as much as 2 feet of snow in many areas. Travel was severely disrupted throughout the region and Chicago (pictured here) was paralyzed. Additionally, record low temperatures were measured in many towns in the days immediately after the storm. 960 1280

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The February 2010 "Snowmageddon" blizzard buried the mid-Atlantic under 2 to 3 feet of snow. The storm set the all-time record for heaviest snowfall in Delaware history (26.5"), the second heaviest in Philadelphia (28.5"), second heaviest in Atlantic City (18.2"), third heaviest in Baltimore (24.8"), and the fourth heaviest in Washington, DC (17.8"). 960 1280

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