This Day in History: The story of “America the Beautiful”

On this day in 1893, a professor stands atop Pikes Peak. She is struck by the beauty around her and is inspired to write a poem. Her poem is later set to music. Today, we all know that song as “America the Beautiful.” The song nearly became America’s national anthem! And it all started because […]

This Day in History: Patriots win the Battle of Colson’s Mill

On this day in 1780, the Battle of Colson’s Mill is fought and won by Patriot forces in North Carolina. The skirmish has been all but forgotten by history books, but did it offer the “‘death knell’ of further active Loyalist or ‘Tory’ militia support in much of the Carolinas,” as one history professor has […]

This Day in History: Neil Armstrong’s first step on the moon

On this day in 1969, Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the moon. Americans had won a “space race” to get there! We’d overcome the Soviet Union, which had been running ahead for much of that race. Soviets sent the first artificial satellite into orbit, then a dog, then a person.   Americans […]

This Day in History: Bostonians finally celebrate independence!

On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence is proclaimed to the public from the Old State House in Boston. That building had been home to many aspects of the King’s government for decades. Now American independence would be declared from its balcony as a huge crowd gathered below. What a striking contrast. Needless […]