This Week in History: Apollo 13, the Culper Spy Ring, & Abraham Lincoln assassinated

Happy Sunday! Attached is a summary of my “morning history” posts from this past week. Enjoy and have a great week!

Monday, April 10

Medal of Honor Monday! On this day in 1972, a Navy SEAL begins a multi-day rescue that would ultimately earn him the Medal of Honor. Two U.S. Air Force pilots had been shot down behind enemy lines! Making matters worse, one of the downed pilots knew critical information about U.S. capabilities. It was Thomas R. Norris’s job to make sure that those men came home. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Tuesday, April 11

On this day in 1970, Apollo 13 is launched. Just two days later, the mission would unfortunately be struck by catastrophe. An oxygen tank would explode, leaving three astronauts in a crippled spaceship about 200,000 miles from Earth. How would they survive? For days, the country waited in suspense. Congress passed resolutions asking Americans to pray. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Wednesday, April 12

On this day in 1724, a future signer of the Declaration of Independence is born in Connecticut. Maybe you’ll be surprised to hear that Lyman Hall didn’t sign the Declaration on behalf of the little colony in which he’d been born. Actually, he may have had the oddest path of anyone to his historic vote for independence. When he first showed up at the Continental Congress, he didn’t technically represent *any* colony. He’d been sent by only a small portion of Georgia. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Thursday, April 13

On this day in 1775, a mob hangs James Rivington in effigy. A few weeks later, they attacked his home and office. But were they insulting a man who would turn out to be a member of the legendary Culper Spy Ring? Rivington came to America in 1760. By 1773, he was running his own newspaper in New York. It was a politically neutral paper at first: Indeed, one of his contemporaries would note that “Rivington, for some time, conducted his Gazetteer with such moderation and impartiality as did him honor.” However, as tensions with Great Britain grew, Rivington’s paper began to lean toward a Loyalist point of view. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Bonus quote: At about this time in 1788, Alexander Hamilton (a.k.a. Publius) was writing Federalist Paper No. 79: “In the general course of human nature, A POWER OVER A MAN’S SUBSISTENCE AMOUNTS TO A POWER OVER HIS WILL. And we can never hope to see realized in practice, the complete separation of the judicial from the legislative power, in any system which leaves the former dependent for pecuniary resources on the occasional grants of the latter.” MORE: Permalink

Friday, April 14

On this day in 1865, Abraham Lincoln is shot by an assassin. Did you know that Lincoln was shot on Good Friday? April 14 was Good Friday that year, just as it is this year. Unfortunately, as we all know, Lincoln would pass away the next day.  FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Saturday, April 15

On this day in 1912, the RMS Titanic sinks. News of the tragedy shocked the world. How could this happen? The Titanic was one of the premier passenger ships of its time! The big ship was then on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York. The trip started off uneventfully enough, but everything changed when Titanic began receiving ice warnings a few days into the trip. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

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Sunday, April 16

On this day in 1789, George Washington leaves Mount Vernon. He is headed to New York, where he would be inaugurated as the first President of the United States. He was 57 years old. Washington’s diary entry for April 16 was simple: “I bade adieu to Mount Vernon, to private life, and to domestic felicity; and with a mind oppressed with more anxious and painful sensations than I have words to express, set out for New York . . . .” FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram