100 Years Ago: 1923

Under the vast dome of the capital, with low spoken prayer and the tender words of old hymns, Warren G. Harding was given into God’s keeping at noon today by the men of high place in the nation, who had served with him in the short years of his leadership for the glory of the flag that was his winding sheet.

50 Years Ago: 1973

One of the world’s most honored musicians, Duke Ellington and his 17-member world-famous band are coming to the Augusta Civic Center on Oct. 5 for a dance and concert.

Ellington holds a Doctor of Humanities degree from the Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, honorary doctorates from Assumption College, Brown, Washington, and Yale universities, he was named an official Kentucky Colonel, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, highest civilian award in the United States, was appointed to the National Council on the Arts by Pres. L. B. Johnson, and has performed before numerous presidents.

In March, 1971, he was named to the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Ellington has scored numerous motion pictures and his record albums win Grammys almost every year. A few of Ellington’s biggest hits include “Satin Doll,” “Mood Indigo,” “Sophisticated Lady,” “Caravan,” and “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.”

25 Years Ago: 1998

Rowe by Rowe will appear in concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday at All Soul’s Chapel on Route 26. Tom and Dave, father-son singer and songwriters, will perform a program of acoustics,  and new folk music. The concert part of the 1998 series will benefit the Poland Spring Preservation’s Restoration of the Maine State Building and All Souls Chapel.

The material used in Looking Back is produced exactly as it originally appeared although misspelling and errors may be corrected.

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