On This Day in History: Gen. George Armstrong Custer Born in 1839

  This collection of portraits, from the Library of Congress archives, were taken between February 15, 1864, and May 23, 1865. Legendary Army General George Armstrong Custer rose to fame during the Civil War where he fought alongside General George B. McClellan. He fought in the the war’s first major engagement, the First Battle of [...]

JFK: Images Iconic and Intimate

A look back at President John F. Kennedy’s life, and that fateful day, on this 50th anniversary of his assassination. VIEW MORE

Deadly Tornado Rips Through the Midwest

A fast-moving storm system produced several tornadoes that touched down across the Midwest on Sunday, November 17, leaving a path of destruction in 12 states, One of the hardest-hit areas was Washington, Illinois, where the storm flattened much of the city of 15,000 people, destroying hundreds of homes and businesses. Several deaths have been reported [...]

JFK in Connecticut

To mark the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, we combed through The Courant’s archives for pictures of his visits to Connecticut. Images taken by Hartford Times photographers are included, courtesy of the Hartford Public Library’s “Hartford Collection,” Hartford History Center. VIEW MORE

In the Wake of Typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the southern Philippines, devastating entire communities and leaving a trail of death and destruction it its wake. Hundreds of thousands were forced to evacuate, and dazed survivors begged for help while scavenging for food, water and medicine. The huge scale of death became clearer amid reports of thousands of people missing. [...]

Connecticut Veteran’s Day Parade

Supporters lined the streets of Hartford near the State Capitol to honor those marching in the 14th annual Connecticut Veteran’s Parade. Waving flags and streamers, spectators cheered for the veterans who represented wars from World War II to Iraq and Afghanistan. VIEW MORE

October in History

While researching ideas for Eye Contact posts, I discovered that many world-changing events occurred in the month of October. John Lennon’s birth, the Bolshevik Revolution, the stock market crash, and the beginning of Prohibition are just a few. VIEW MORE

The Hunter’s Moon

The Hunter’s Moon rings the spire of the State Capitol Thursday night. It becomes an official Full Moon tonight at 7:39pm. According to The Farmer’s Almanac, Native Americans named the moon phases in order to keep track of the lunar year. Some Native American tribes referred to this moon as the Full Hunter’s Moon, as [...]

Gorgeous Autumn Light

The Autumn sun sets on a Glastonbury barn. Photo by Michael McAndrews|mmcandrews@courant.com.

Celebrating Eid al-Fitr

Muslims world-wide celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Eid al-Adha falls within the annual pilgrimage to Mecca and commemorates the Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismail, on God’s command. The holiday is also marked by the slaughtering of animals to feed the poor, and [...]

The Harvest

It’s harvest time around the world, from the U.S. to Lebanon and from India to France. Farmers toil to harvest the fruits of their labor before winter sets in. Whether harvesting by hand or by sophisticated machinery, the universal goal is the same–to feed the world. VIEW MORE

Connecticut Teacher of the Year

Hall High School band director John Mastroianni is Connecticut’s 2014 Teacher of the Year. Mastroianni, a 53-year-old professional saxophonist, has taught at West Hartford’s Hall High for 15 years. He leads Hall’s famed annual “Pops ‘N Jazz” show and has been honored with many jazz educator accolades. Hundreds of Mastroianni’s music students, gathered in the [...]

A Wild Finish in Wolf Pack Season Opener

In its first game of the post-Connecticut Whale era, the Hartford Wolf Pack was defeated by the Norfolk Admirals in their season opener at the XL Center in Hartford. The Admirals led 2-1 with seconds remaining in the third period until the Wolf Pack’s Darroll Powe scored a game-tying goal with 0.4 seconds left. The [...]

Government Shutdown, in Ways Subtle and Profound

Tourists were turned away at the entrances to hundreds of monuments and national parks, as the country faced the first day of a partial government shut down. The shutdown, the first in 17 years, could result in up to 1 million workers on unpaid leave and the cancellations of many federal services. VIEW MORE   [...]

Pasqualoni Out as UConn Football Coach

UConn Football Coach Paul Pasqualoni was fired today after a disappointing 41-12 loss to Buffalo, which dropped the Huskies to 0-4. UConn head coach Paul Pasqualoni stands on the sidelines during the final quarter of UConn’s 41-12 loss to Buffalo. MARK MIRKO|mmirko@courant.com VIEW MORE  

Horror and Grief in Kenya

The upscale Westgate mall in Kenya, stormed by Islamic radicals, became the scene of a bloody four-day siege of horror. Terrorists slaughtered close to 70 innocent Saturday afternoon shoppers and held scores of others hostage. Grieving friends and relatives continue to hold funerals as the country enters a 3-day period of mourning. VIEW MORE   [...]

Floods Without Borders

Flooding in Colorado and Mexico has produced images so similar, yet so different. Torrential rainfalls, days apart, caused widespread flooding that destroyed property and took lives in both places — with Mexico taking hits on both its Gulf and Pacific coasts by Hurricane Ingrid and tropical depression Manuel.  In many ways, natural disasters are the [...]

The Week in Pictures

Staff selections of our favorite pictures from last week, Sept. 9-16. VIEW MORE

Boulder Flood Waters Rise

Record levels of rain continue to drench a nearly 130-mile stretch of Colorado, including the cities of Fort Collins, Boulder, Denver and Colorado Springs. Rushing flood waters have cut off major highways in the area, destroyed bridges and isolated mountain towns. Several people are confirmed dead, and others are still unaccounted for. Countless homes and [...]

FASHION WEEK BEHIND THE SCENES

  What fashion show-goers don’t typically see are often the most interesting scenes of the shows. Behind-the-scenes images from New York’s Spring Fashion Week show us what it takes to ready models for the runways. VIEW MORE  

Honoring Staff Sgt. Todd James “T.J” Lobraico

Staff Sgt. Todd James “T.J” Lobraico was honored during a 9/11 memorial ceremony at the senior center in New Fairfield. Town residents and members of the armed services were, among others, who joined Lobraico’s family to mourn the fallen soldier who died while on active duty in Afghanistan. He was 22-year-old graduate of New Fairfield [...]

Syria in the Balance

Tensions rise among world leaders, protests are held around the world, fighting continues, and refugees continue to flee their war-torn country, as the world awaits the U.S. Government’s decision on whether to take military action in Syria. VIEW MORE

Huskies Overpowered by Towson

The UConn Huskies football team suffered a disappointing loss to a 1-AA team for the first time since 2001 when they played Eastern Washington. Their next game is Saturday September 14th at Rentschler Field against the Maryland Terrapins. VIEW MORE

The 1963 March On Washington

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington. Civil rights leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr., Joseph L. Rauh Jr., Whitney Young, Roy Wilkins, A. Philip Randolph,Walter Reuther, and Sam Weinblatt lead the March on Washington in 1963. Hartford Courant file photo VIEW MORE