This Day in History: The Constitution becomes the Law of the Land

On this day in 1788, the United States Constitution becomes the law of the land! Article VII of the Constitution provides that the document goes into effect with the “Ratification of the Conventions of nine States.” At the end of May 1788, eight states had ratified the document: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, […]

This Day in History: The Battle of the Philippine Sea & Navy Ace Alex Vraciu

On this day in 1944, Americans win a decisive victory at the Battle of the Philippine Sea. The Imperial Japanese Navy would be crippled, leaving the U.S. Navy in command of the Pacific for the rest of World War II. One pilot became America’s leading Navy Ace during the battle. Then-Lt. Alex Vraciu shot down […]

This Day in History: Would Taft have been elected President without his wife?

On this day in 1886, future President William Taft marries Helen (“Nellie”) Herron. Taft might never have been President but for his choice of a spouse. Nellie was the daughter of an attorney who just happened to be friends with two future U.S. Presidents. As a teenager, Nellie was thus afforded a unique opportunity to […]

This Day in History: George Washington writes his “Patcy”

During this week in 1775, George Washington writes his wife, Martha. He called her “my dear Patcy.” Only a handful of letters between George and Martha still survive. This letter is one of them. The two wrote more often than that, of course. And, if any of those letters could be recovered, they would contain […]