This Day in History: Apollo 15 makes history

On this day in 1971, Apollo 15 astronauts become the first to ride in a so-called moon buggy. Did you know that Apollo 15 carried the only NASA crew composed entirely of former U.S. Air Force pilots? It’s easy to forget what a big deal these Apollo missions were. But they accomplished, in a remarkably […]

This Day in History: “In God We Trust” becomes the national motto

On this day in 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a law making “In God We Trust” the national motto. His action came just two years after he signed a law adding “Under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance. As he signed the 1954 law, he explained the importance of such actions: “[W]e are reaffirming […]

This Day in History: USS Indianapolis is sunk by Japanese torpedoes

On this day in 1945, the USS Indianapolis travels from Guam toward the Leyte Gulf in the Philippines. Unfortunately, Indianapolis would never arrive at its destination. Instead, it was sunk by Japanese torpedoes. There was just one silver lining to the tragedy. Indianapolis had already performed the most important part of its mission: It had […]

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 […]