This Day in History: The attempted assassination of Gerald Ford

On this day in 1975, Gerald Ford survives an assassination attempt. It was the second such attempt in less than a month! Oddly, both of the attempts were made by women: Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme and Sara Jane Moore. Fromme and Moore are the only two women in our history who have ever attempted to assassinate […]

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 […]

Electoral College Myth #4: Votes cast for a 3rd-party candidate are wasted

Myth number 4 in my series on Electoral College Myths!  Please don’t miss the earlier installments here: Myth #1: Only swing states matter, other states are ignored Myth #2: The Founders did not trust the people Myth #3: The Electoral College is undemocratic Myth: We are stuck with the two major party choices. A vote for a […]

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 […]

This Day in History: The first Battle of Saratoga paves the way for American victory

On this day in 1777, the first battle of Saratoga is fought at Freeman’s Farm. Technically, it was a British victory, but one British officer expressed his fear that the “real advantages resulting from this hard-fought battle will rest on that of the Americans, our army being so much weakened by this engagement….” At this […]