This Day in History: Congress, the U.S. Capitol — and a tornado!?

On this day in 1800, Congress meets for the first time in the U.S. Capitol.  Congressmen wouldn’t get to stay for too long. Did you know that Washington, D.C. was nearly destroyed by a tornado in 1814? Or, alternatively, you could argue that the tornado saved the city. But for the tornado, the British might have […]

This Day in History: The 12-year-old who served in World War II

On this day in 1942, a 12-year-old distinguishes himself in combat. Yes, you read that correctly: A 12-year-old fought in World War II. Calvin Leon Graham was the youngest person to serve. Calvin had long been accustomed to taking care of himself. He lost his father at a young age. When his mother remarried, her […]

This Day in History: Benedict Arnold’s failed attack on Quebec

On this day in 1775, Benedict Arnold launches his first attack on the city of Quebec. It was the culmination of a long, daring trek across the Maine wilderness. The trek began in late September 1775, with George Washington’s blessing. Arnold led a force of about 1,000 men on the unusual path that he’d proposed […]

This Day in History: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated

On this day in 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated. When the Memorial’s long, black walls were first proposed, they sparked controversy. Since then, they have become a place of reverence and healing. The Memorial might never have existed but for Jan C. Scruggs, a Vietnam War veteran. The years after the war were […]