This Day in History: The first US Navy warship named after a black American

On this day in 1943, the USS Harmon is commissioned. It was the first U.S. Navy warship to be named after a black American! The destroyer was named after Leonard Roy Harmon, a sailor who gave his life during World War II. Harmon was a native Texan who enlisted with the United States Navy and served […]

Electoral College Myth #1: Only swing states matter. Other states are ignored.

Four years ago, I ran a series of Myths/Facts about the Electoral College. I am planning to reprint many of those over the course of the next few weeks, although I may add updates here and there to address items of particular concern this presidential election season.  Please stay tuned for Myth #2 next Tuesday! ???? […]

This Day in History: The odd duel of Christopher Gadsden & Robert Howe

On this day in 1778, Brigadier General Christopher Gadsden and Major General Robert Howe engage in a duel. You may remember Gadsden for the “Don’t Tread on Me” flag that was named after him. 😉 The duel was the culmination of a long-running dispute over rank. Then-Brigadier General Howe had been put in charge of […]

This Day in History: Washington’s escape from Long Island

On this day in 1776, George Washington and his troops make a miraculous escape across the East River and into Manhattan. The British failed to notice until it was too late! Two days earlier, Americans had suffered a crushing defeat at Brooklyn Heights. That battle had ended with Washington’s army cornered in Brooklyn. (See August […]

Medal of Honor Monday: USS Memphis is wrecked by a massive tidal wave

On this day in 1916, a U.S. Navy armored cruiser is wrecked by a massive tidal wave. USS Memphis was effectively destroyed and dozens of her crew were lost. Three sailors would earn the Medal of Honor for their actions that day. One of the three Medals had to be awarded posthumously. Perhaps the tragedy […]