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Italy Declares War

At the start of World War I, Italy took the interesting step of declaring itself neutral. They had traditionally been allies with Germany and Austria-Hungary, and many expected them to join the conflict with them.  After much deliberation with both sides, Italy declared war against Austria-Hungary on May 23, 1915, entering the war on the side of the Allies. Visit the following articles to read more about their deliberations and preparations for war.

Important Development In Situation In Italy Expected At An Early Date
Fort Collins Weekly Courier
April 30, 1915

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National Apple Pie Day

May 13 is National Apple Pie Day, a celebration of a classic American dessert. Filled with cream cheese, covered in ice cream, or topped with sharp cheddar cheese this staple has been around since the 15th century. Read on to find some creative recipes and stories about this favorite treat.

How to Make a Deep Dish Apple Pie
Daily Journal
July 8, 1898

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Victory in Europe

Seventy years ago today, Victory in Europe Day (V-E) was officially celebrated in the United States and Great Britain (May 9th in Russia). This marked the official surrender of German forces, ending the six year war in Europe.   Communities throughout Great Britain and North America celebrated with religious services and patriotic gatherings. The war in the Pacific wasn’t over, but the threat of Nazi Germany had ended. To read news of the time, please visit:

Europe: Defense Pockets
Aspen Daily Times
May 3, 1945

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Gallipoli Campaign

On April 25, 1915, the Gallipoli Campaign began in what is now Turkey. The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) were attempting to take this peninsula, to ensure safe travel for allied navies.  The ANZAC forces took heavy losses throughout the campaign which stretched into early 1916. The starting date of the conflict, April 25, is annually designated as a remembrance day for fallen military.

Opening of Dardanelles May Have Wide Reaching Effects
Yuma Pioneer
April 23, 1915


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President Roosevelt is Dead

On April 12, 1945 President Franklin D. Roosevelt passed away suddenly of a brain hemorrhage. Roosevelt was in his unprecedented fourth term of office as President. The nation and the world were stunned by the news. To read the reactions of the time, please visit:

The Times was just going to press
Aspen Daily Times
April 12, 1945

Roosevelt is Dead
April 13, 1945

Many Attend Memorial For Late President
Steamboat Pilot
April 19, 1945

Commenting on Current Events
Steamboat Pilot
April 19, 1945

Entire Nation Mourns Death of Franklin D. Roosevelt; Vast Tasks Face Truman
Aspen Daily Times
April 19, 1945

President’s Life Was Characterized By Vigorous Action
Record-Journal of Douglas County
April 20, 1945

George Says
Steamboat Pilot
April 26, 1945

Roosevelt’s Death Ends Great Era
Aspen Daily Times
May 3, 1945

These articles come from the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, a service of the Colorado State Library, History Colorado, and libraries, historical societies, and community organizations in Colorado.

President Lincoln Assassinated

On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated while attending the theater with his wife.  Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth, and other enraged confederates plotted to assassinate the top three officials in United States government.  Read the news of the assassination as it came to Colorado, as well as local reactions, at:

President Lincoln Assassinated
Daily Mining Journal
April 15, 1865

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Pony Express Arrives

On April 3, 1860 two riders from the new Pony Express set off, one from St. Joseph, Missouri and the other from Sacramento, California. Ten days later, on April 14, both riders arrived at their destinations, proving mail could delivered the distance in 10 days. To launch their service, the operators of the new Pony Express purchased two existing mail lines, the Pikes Peak Express and Utah Mail Line. The purchase price was a reported five hundred thousands dollars, over $14,000,000 in relative value today.

The New Overland Express Co.
Rocky Mountain News Weekly
March 7, 1860

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Denver Auto Show

This week, April 8 – 12th, the Denver Auto Show takes over the Colorado Convention Center. You can see the latest in domestic and imported, fuel efficient, and concept cars.  Will it surprise you to learn that the Denver Auto Show has run for more than 100 years?  Read on to learn the news of past Denver Auto Shows.

Many Features Planned for Denver Auto Show
Telluride Journal
March 16, 1911


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Springtime in the Rockies

Springtime in the Rockies.  Sun, blue skies, and soggy snow.  March is usually the snowiest month on Colorado’s Front Range, while April comes in second on the list.  As the Mancos Times-Tribune says, “The man with the snow shovel is among nature’s true noblemen.”


Horrid Stuff
Steamboat Pilot
January 7, 1914
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King Richard III

Richard III of England was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field in August 1485.  He was thought to be buried in the church of the Grey Friars, or Franciscans, of Leicester but the site of his burial was unknown.  In August of 2012, University of Leicester archaeologists began to search for the lost burial site. In September 2012, they found a skeleton with a spinal curvature similar to Richard III’s. DNA testing affirms almost conclusively that the remains are of Richard III. In March 2015, Richard III was re-buried in Leicester Cathedral.

You can find some information about Richard III and other historic rulers, in the articles below.

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