Pictured above: Portrait of Duke Ellington/William P. Gottlieb, photographer/New York, New York/circa September 1946/LOC
VAV!/April 29, 2013/Contributions by Charles Kinbote
1813 - J.F. Hummel of Philadelphia, PA received a patent for rubber.
1861 - The Maryland House of Delegates voted 53-13 against seceding from the Union.
1861 - President Jefferson Davis asked the Confederate Congress for the authority to wage war.
1862 – New Orleans, Louisiana fell to Union forces under Admiral David Farragut.