This Week in History: The Revolutionary War Battle of Barren Hill

During this week in 1778, the Battle of Barren Hill occurs. Mere days earlier, a group of Oneida Indians had offered their assistance to George Washington’s army. Surely they couldn’t have known how quickly they would be called upon to help? Their presence would soon help American forces turn back the British. Washington’s army was […]

This Day in History: Apollo 10 nearly ends in disaster

On this day in 1969, Apollo 10 is launched. It was the last mission before Apollo 11 famously landed on the moon, but did you know that it nearly ended in tragedy? A lunar module carrying two astronauts spun out of control and was barely recovered. Astronauts Gene Cernan and Tom Stafford were aboard the lunar […]

This Day in History: World War II’s most famous bomber, Memphis Belle

On this day in 1943, a B-17 Flying Fortress completes its 25th combat mission without losing a member of its crew. Memphis Belle would return to the United States, embark on a war bond tour, and become one of the most famous bombers to emerge from World War II. She was nearly sold for scrap […]

This Day in History: North Carolinians rebel, years before the American Revolution

On this day in 1771, the Battle of Alamance is fought. The battle occurred nearly four years before the “shot heard ‘round the world” at Lexington and Concord. Perhaps an early precursor to the American Revolution? Discontent had been stirring in North Carolina since at least the mid-1760s. Backcountry farmers felt abused—both by colonial and […]