Democratic Party used the donkey as its party emblem for the first time in 1870. Harper’s Weekly printed an article which included Thomas Nast’s caricature of a donkey. Children can see the cartoon and learn more at: Donkey.
United States Weather Service was created in 1870. Today the Weather Service is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Children can find out more about the Weather Service at: http://www.weather.gov/owlie/science_kt.
Hiram R. Revels in 1870 became the first African American to be elected to the Senate. He represented Mississippi and served from 1870 to 1871.
Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution was adopted in 1870. A person’s right to vote could not be denied on the basis of “race, color, or previous servitude.”
Metropolitan Museum of Art opened its doors for the first time in 1870. It contains over 200 galleries and possesses over three million pieces of art. Idea: Consider reading From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Two siblings run away to the museum. They solve a mystery, and readers learn a great deal about the museum. Children can visit the museum website at: http://www.metmuseum.org/.
Old Faithful Geyser was discovered in 1870. Located in Yellowstone National Park, the geyser was named by Henry D. Washburn. He was part of the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition to Yellowstone. The geyser erupts every 35 to 120 minutes. It shoots approximately 3,700 gallons of boiling water to a height of up to 185 feet. Children can view a webcam of Old Faithful Geyser at: Old Faithful.
United States Weather Bureau began recording weather observations in 1870. Children can visit a great website regarding weather at: https://www.weather.gov/owlie/.