The Smithsonian’s unlikely birth — 176 years later

It’s the Smithsonian Institute’s birthday. The museum juggernaut is now 176 years old, but it very nearly never existed at all. WTOP’s Rick Massimo brings us this little known story of twists and turns of fate that ultimately brought us the Smithsonian as we know it today. And a local baseball team made it to the Junior League Baseball World Series. WTOP’s Mike Murillo tells the story of a Loudoun County team that lost its chance at a championship during the pandemic and is looking to win it all this year.

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