Casa de Julia Tarafa: Havana’s love affair with art deco blossomed at a time of commercial promise: Cuba had grown rich on the back of the sugar trade – especially during the first world war. Like its neighbour, Miami, across the Florida Straits, where art deco flourished in South Beach and Miami Beach, pastel colours and whimsical motifs were introduced, creating a tropical deco’ look. This private house was designed by architect Angel de Zárraga in 1933. #ArtDeco #Cuba
Sept. 13, 1948. Margaret Chase Smith Becomes First Woman to Serve Both Houses of Congress On this day in 1948, Margaret Chase Smith was elected to the U.S. Senate, becoming the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress. Senator Smith, a moderate Republican, ran for the presidency in 1964 and was the second longest-serving female senator in U.S. history. Photo: National Archives
Jeremiah Haralson (April 1, 1846 – 1916) Jeremiah Haralson, enslaved until 1865, was one of three African Americans from Alabama who served in Congress during Reconstruction. He was known for being a powerful orator. While serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, Haralson supported amnesty for former Confederates and opposed the use of federal troops to quell violence in the South during the presidential election of 1876. He served just one term, from 1875 to 1877 (44th Congress).