This Day in History: USS Bismarck Sea sunk by kamikazes at Iwo Jima

On this day in 1945, kamikazes plow into American warships near Iwo Jima. One aircraft carrier, the USS Bismarck Sea, was fatally wounded. A handful of other American ships were also hit, but they managed to stay afloat. One observer would later say that there were so many Japanese planes that “they looked like a […]

This Day in History: Abraham & Mary Lincoln lose their son

On this day in 1862, Abraham Lincoln’s son, Willie, passes away. He’d been gravely ill for weeks. It was the second time that Abraham and Mary Lincoln would lose a child. Unfortunately, only one of the Lincolns’ four sons would live past the age of 18. Willie was the Lincolns’ third son. Was he extra […]

This Day in History: The Space Shuttle Enterprise makes its maiden flight

On this day in 1977, the Space Shuttle Enterprise makes its maiden flight atop a modified Boeing 747. Did you know that NASA built an orbiter than never went into space? The Space Shuttle Enterprise has been called “one of NASA’s most elaborate and expensive playthings”—yet the Space Shuttle Program would never have taken off […]