This Day in History: Operation Ivory Coast tries (and fails) to rescue Vietnam POWs

On this day in 1970, the United States tries—and fails—to rescue POWs being held near Hanoi, Vietnam. What a disappointment! Preparations had been ongoing for months. But, in the end, more than 70 prisoners would remain behind, still captives in Vietnam. “[E]very man involved in Operation Ivory Coast brought home a broken heart,” one POW […]

This Day in History: The origins of the Battle Hymn of the Republic

On or around this day in 1861, Julia Ward Howe is inspired to write the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Did you know that this much-loved patriotic song has its roots in the Civil War years? Julia was the daughter of a Wall Street broker and a poet. She was well-educated and was able to […]

This Day in History: Richard Nixon claims “I am not a crook”

On this day in 1973, President Richard Nixon famously tells a room full of reporters: “I am not a crook.” The word “crook” fell harshly on his listeners’ ears. No President had ever uttered such a phrase before, even when people wondered about the honesty of an administration. “[O]ne would never hear a Kennedy say, […]