This Day in History: JFK’s “Moon Shot” Speech

On this day in 1961, John F. Kennedy shakes the country into action with a memorable address. “I believe that this nation,” he told Congress, “should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.” What an audacious proposal! […]

This Day in History: Virginia takes a stand against Great Britain

On this day in 1774, the Virginia House of Burgesses takes a stand against Great Britain. The colonists were fed up! The British Parliament had been trying to squash colonial resistance in the wake of the Boston Tea Party, but now these Virginians were ready to push back. George Washington was among these Burgesses, as […]

This Day in History: The nuclear submarine USS Scorpion, missing in action

On this day in 1968, a nuclear submarine in the United States Navy is missing in action—except no one seemed to realize it. Instead, family and friends of USS Scorpion’s crew would cheerfully gather at a dock in Norfolk, Virginia, on May 27. They were thrilled and excited to welcome their fathers, husbands, and brothers […]

This Day in History: Pfc. Joseph Rodriguez & his fearless charge up a hill

On this day in 1951, Private First Class Joseph Rodriguez makes a fearless charge up a hill. Did he even notice the enemy grenades rolling toward him? Rodriguez would ultimately receive the Medal of Honor for his bravery. Rodriguez must have had his father’s words echoing in his ears that day. “He raised me up,” […]