This Week in History: Operation Tidal Wave, the Whiskey Rebellion, & Bombing of Hiroshima

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

Monday, July 31

Medal of Honor Monday! On (almost) this day in 1943, Operation Tidal Wave begins! Nearly 180 Consolidated B-24 Liberator bombers embark on a lengthy mission to destroy oil refineries in Ploesti, Romania. The mission has been called the “longest, bloodiest, most heroic bombing mission in history.” The day would come to be known as Black Sunday. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Tuesday, August 1

On this day in 1794, the so-called Whiskey Rebellion reaches its high point. The rebellion ultimately failed, but George Washington would later say that it had “wantonly threatened” America during her early years. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Wednesday, August 2

On this day in 1927, Calvin Coolidge declines to run for re-election as President. His statement to the press was simple: “I do not choose to run for president in 1928.” He didn’t actually speak these words! Instead, he had the statement printed on slips of paper. When journalists had finished assembling for the presidential briefing, he simply had the papers distributed. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Thursday, August 3

On this day in 1923, Calvin Coolidge took the presidential oath of office. It was about 2:30 in the morning, and the former Vice President was now the 30th President of the United States. What interesting timing. The popular Coolidge would famously decline to run for re-election exactly four years, to the day, after President Warren Harding died, leaving the office to Coolidge. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Friday, August 4

On this day in 1814, the British besiege Fort Erie. It had been mere days since American and British forces had clashed at the Battle of Lundy’s Lane, the bloodiest land battle of the War of 1812! FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Saturday, August 5

On this day in 1935, a hero is born! Roy P. Benavidez was the orphaned son of Texas sharecroppers. Surely no one expected him to one day receive the Medal of Honor? And yet this brave American did exactly that. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

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Sunday, August 6

On this day in 1945, Americans drop an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The bombing came not too long after Japan had rejected a final opportunity to surrender. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram