This Day in History: Dolley Madison saves Washington’s portrait

On this day in 1814, First Lady Dolley Madison saves a full-length portrait of George Washington from British troops. She also saved some other White House valuables and a copy of the Declaration of Independence. Her heroism occurred during the War of 1812 between Americans and the British—essentially our second fight for independence. President James […]

This Day in History: The Freckleton Air Disaster

On this day in 1944, the Freckleton Air Disaster occurs. It has been called the “single greatest civilian air disaster suffered by the Allies in World War II.” Sixty-one people were killed, including thirty-eight children. And it all happened because a sudden thunderstorm took the United States Army Air Forces off guard. At this point […]

This Day in History: The British invasion of Long Island

On this day in 1776, the British began an effort against General George Washington’s troops, then stationed in Brooklyn and Manhattan. The effort would ultimately result in the seizure of New York by British troops. Americans had been expecting an attack for weeks. The British had been amassing a massive fleet of warships just outside […]

This Day in History: The British siege of Fort Schuyler comes to an end

On this day in 1777, the British siege of Fort Schuyler comes to an end. It had lasted for nearly three weeks! Attempts had been made to rescue the besieged Americans, but those attempts had failed. Roughly two weeks earlier, Brigadier General Nicholas Herkimer had led a rescue party toward the fort, but he was […]