This Day in History: The beginning of the end for Benedict Arnold

On this day in 1780, Benedict Arnold secretly meets with British Major John André. His act of treason has become notorious. In fact, to modern Americans, the name “Benedict Arnold” is synonymous with “traitor.” But did you know that Arnold started off as someone that you might admire? He overcame quite a lot: Several of […]

This Day in History: The Great New York Fire of 1776

On this day in 1776, New York City burns. Did George Washington set the fire on purpose? The British thought so. General William Howe later wrote that “a most horrid attempt was made by a number of wretches to burn the town of New-York . . . .” For his part, George Washington apparently had […]

This Day in History: Joseph Kittinger, the Man Who Fell From Space

On this day in 1984, retired Air Force Colonel Joseph Kittinger completes a solo balloon flight across the Atlantic Ocean. The trip was the first of its kind, but it wasn’t even Kittinger’s most challenging feat. Do you know about Kittinger’s stratospheric jump from more than 100,000 feet in the air? The 1960 feat earned […]