This Day in Smithsonian History

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Smithsonian Secretaries Information

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Smithsonian Institution Archives


Online exhibit lets you look up important events in Smithsonian history by day. Entries were compiled from primary sources in the Smithsonian Institution Archives and secondary sources documenting the history of the Institution.

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  • Typical age range 12-14
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  • History
  • Typical age range 8-10
  • Typical age range 16-18
  • Typical age range 14-16
  • American History


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