This Day in History: Happy Constitution Day!

On this day in 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution. Perhaps you’ve heard what Benjamin Franklin did immediately afterwards? He’d been spotted by a Philadelphia matron as he emerged from that meeting. She was curious. What had delegates been doing behind closed doors? “Doctor,” she reportedly called out, “what have we got, […]

This Day in History: Captain Everett Pope at the Battle of Peleliu

During this week in 1944, a United States Marine participates in an action that would earn him the Medal of Honor. Captain Everett Pope was one of many Marines fighting in the Battle of Peleliu, a hard-fought battle during World War II. Americans expected to take the island of Peleliu from the Japanese in a […]

This Day in History: George Washington’s victory at Harlem Heights

During this week in 1776, the Americans fought and won the Battle of Harlem Heights. It was a much-needed victory—and George Washington’s first on the battlefield. Only weeks before, the Americans had suffered a crushing defeat at Brooklyn Heights. Following the defeat, they’d made a miraculous escape across the East River and into Manhattan, but […]

This Day in History: WWII’s Operation Dragoon is a smashing success

On this day in 1944, Operation Dragoon comes to an end. That campaign through southern France has been called “one of the most successful—and often overlooked—operations of World War II.” It has also been called France’s “other D-Day.” Indeed, that operation nearly occurred concurrently with Operation Overlord, the D-Day landings that you are used to […]