This Day in History: Benedict Arnold, on the brink of being discovered

On this day in 1780, British Major John André writes a letter to George Washington. He’d been caught with incriminating papers in his boots! His capture would ultimately expose Benedict Arnold as a traitor. Arnold had become resentful during the course of the war. He felt that he’d been passed over for promotions and wasn’t […]

This Day in History: Victoria Woodhull is born

On this day in 1838, Victoria California Claflin is born. If you’ve heard of her, then you probably know her as Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for President of the United States! She ran for President before she even had the right to vote for herself. Victoria came from a rough background. She […]

This Day in History: Benedict Arnold secretly meets with British Major John André

On this day in 1780, Benedict Arnold secretly meets with British Major John André. His act of treason has become notorious! In fact, to modern Americans, the name “Benedict Arnold” is synonymous with “traitor.” But did you know that Arnold started off as someone that you might admire? He overcame quite a lot: Several of […]

This Day in History: New York City and the great fire of 1776

On this day in 1776, the City of New York burns. Was the fire set on purpose? Maybe. If so, who did it? The British believed that George Washington was behind the blaze. British General William Howe later wrote that “a most horrid attempt was made by a number of wretches to burn the town […]