This Day in History: Patriots win the Battle of Colson’s Mill

On this day in 1780, the Battle of Colson’s Mill is fought and won by Patriot forces in North Carolina. The skirmish has been all but forgotten by history books, but did it offer the “‘death knell’ of further active Loyalist or ‘Tory’ militia support in much of the Carolinas,” as one history professor has […]

This Day in History: Neil Armstrong’s first step on the moon

On this day in 1969, Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the moon. Americans had won a “space race” to get there! We’d overcome the Soviet Union, which had been running ahead for much of that race. Soviets sent the first artificial satellite into orbit, then a dog, then a person.   Americans […]

This Day in History: Bostonians finally celebrate independence!

On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence is proclaimed to the public from the Old State House in Boston. That building had been home to many aspects of the King’s government for decades. Now American independence would be declared from its balcony as a huge crowd gathered below. What a striking contrast. Needless […]

This Day in History: David C. Waybur single-handedly takes out a tank

On this day in 1943, a U.S. soldier engages in an action that would earn him the Medal of Honor. Would you believe that he took out a tank with a tommy gun!?! Allied forces were then engaged in an invasion of Sicily, the large Mediterranean island just off the “toe” of Italy. First Lt. […]