This Day in History: Washington’s escape from Long Island

On this day in 1776, George Washington and his troops make a miraculous escape across the East River and into Manhattan. The British failed to notice until it was too late! Two days earlier, Americans had suffered a crushing defeat at Brooklyn Heights. That battle had ended with Washington’s army cornered in Brooklyn. (See August […]

Medal of Honor Monday: USS Memphis is wrecked by a massive tidal wave

On this day in 1916, a U.S. Navy armored cruiser is wrecked by a massive tidal wave. USS Memphis was effectively destroyed and dozens of her crew were lost. Three sailors would earn the Medal of Honor for their actions that day. One of the three Medals had to be awarded posthumously. Perhaps the tragedy […]

This Day in History: “I have a dream!”

On this day in 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech! What do you think of this lesser-known (but equally important) part of that speech? A short history post today.  Happy Sunday!

This Day in History: The Battle of Long Island

On this day in 1776, the British launch a devastating attack on American troops stationed outside Brooklyn Heights. The British had been amassing a massive fleet of warships just outside New York, where the Americans were then stationed. On August 22, they began their invasion of Long Island. They landed on a beach just south […]

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