This Week in History: USS Frank E. Evans, the Wright brothers, & the Great Chicago Fire

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

Monday, October 2

Medal of Honor Monday! On (almost) this day in 1931, a hero is born. Wesley L. Fox would go on to lead a company of men through the so-called “Valley of Death” in Vietnam, even after other platoon leaders had been killed or wounded. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Tuesday, October 3

On this day in 1944, USS Frank E. Evans is launched. The destroyer’s service would tragically come to an end during the Vietnam War when she accidentally collided with the Australian carrier HMAS Melbourne. Seventy-four sailors were killed that day, but they were never added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Wednesday, October 4

On this day in 1777, Americans lose the Battle of Germantown—at least technically. In an odd sort of way, Germantown was a morale booster, too! George Washington’s army had launched a surprisingly tough attack at a time when it was believed to be down and out. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Thursday, October 5

On this day in 1905, Wilbur Wright makes a record-setting airplane flight. His Flyer III would stay in the air for more than 38 minutes. The 24-mile flight was the longest one yet. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Bonus post! Centinel I: “The plan of government now proposed is evidently calculated totally to change, in time, our condition as a people. Instead of being thirteen republics, under a federal head, it is clearly designed to make us one consolidated government.” MORE:  Permalink; Facebook

Bonus post! On this day in 1787, a signer of the Declaration of Independence passes away. It’s been said that Thomas Stone died of a broken heart. FULL STORY:  Permalink; Facebook

Friday, October 6

On this day in 1777, American forces lose the Battle of Fort Montgomery and Fort Clinton. It was the latest in a long string of defeats for the Patriots. But it was also another defeat that would end up playing to Americans’ advantage. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Saturday, October 7

On this day in 1780, Patriot militia win a stunning victory against a band of Loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

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Sunday, October 8

On this day in 1871, a fire rages. The Great Chicago Fire would kill 300 people and destroy nearly 3.5 square miles of the city. One in three residents would be left homeless. The city would rebuild, but the tragedy would change Chicago forever. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Bonus quote! Federal Farmer I: “The plan of government now proposed is evidently calculated totally to change, in time, our condition as a people. Instead of being thirteen republics, under a federal head, it is clearly designed to make us one consolidated government.” MORE:  Permalink; Facebook