This Day in History: The tragic fall of Fort Freeland

On this day in 1779, Fort Freeland falls to British and Indian forces. But it did so only after a show of “stout resistance”! The stories of our Revolution aren’t all tales of victories, obviously. But they are often stories of bravery and determination—which is exactly what this one is. At this point in the […]

This Day in History: James Madison reports that New York has ratified the Constitution!

On this day in 1788, James Madison, the “Father of the Constitution,” writes a letter to his father. New York had ratified the U.S. Constitution only one day earlier! The Confederation Congress, Madison reported, “are at present making the arrangements for putting the Government into operation.” The New York ratifying convention had been in an […]

This Day in History: A Revolutionary War Battle in France?

On this day in 1778, a Revolutionary War battle is fought just off the coast of France. Wait. A battle near France?! In the Revolution? Yes, you read that correctly. 😉 The Battle of Ushant was a pretty big blow to the British Navy, mostly because the Royal Navy believed itself to be unbeatable! Making […]

This Day in History: The Potsdam Declaration and the end of World War II

On this day in 1945, the United States, Great Britain, and China issue the Potsdam Declaration. The statement put the Japanese government on notice: The Allies were demanding unconditional surrender. “The time has come,” the Allies declared, “for Japan to decide whether she will continue to be controlled by those self-willed militaristic advisers whose unintelligent […]

Medal of Honor Monday: Matt Urban, “most decorated” soldier?

On this day in 1944, Captain Matt Urban finishes hitchhiking his way from England back to France. His unit was in need! There was no way he was going to stay in the hospital where the Army had taken him. Urban arrived in France just in time to lead his men in an extremely difficult […]

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