This Week in History: Battle of Tippecanoe, the Northeast Blackout of 1965, & Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Happy Sunday! Attached is a summary of my “morning history” posts from this past week. For those who are interested, links to these posts can now be found on Pinterest, too. Enjoy and have a great week!

Monday, November 6

Medal of Honor Monday! On (almost) this day in 1944, a United States Navy officer makes the ultimate sacrifice in an action that would earn him the Medal of Honor. Commander Ernest Evans had fought gallantly for hours before finally going down with his destroyer, USS Johnston. “This is going to be a fighting ship,” Evans had said just one year earlier, when his ship was commissioned. “I intend to go in harm’s way, and anyone who doesn’t want to go along had better get off right now.” FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Tuesday, November 7

On this day in 1811, the Battle of Tippecanoe is fought between Shawnee warriors and Americans led by future President William Henry Harrison. At the time, Harrison was serving as Governor of the Indiana Territory. His job was to negotiate treaties with Indian tribes in the area and to obtain as much land as possible for the United States. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Bonus quote! Federalist Paper No. 4: “If [foreign nations] see that our national government is efficient and well administered, our trade prudently regulated, our militia properly organized and disciplined, our resources and finances discreetly managed, our credit re-established, our people free, contented, and united, they will be much more disposed to cultivate our friendship than provoke our resentment. MORE: Permalink; Facebook

Wednesday, November 8

On this day in 1861, the captain of the USS San Jacinto fires shots at a British mail steamer, the RMS Trent. He seizes two Confederate emissaries who were aboard. The so-called “Trent Affair” nearly provoked a war between the United States and Great Britain! FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Bonus post! Centinel III: “All who are friends to liberty are friends to reason, the champion of liberty, and none are foes to liberty but those who have truth and reason for their foes. . . . Liberty only flourishes where reason and knowledge are encouraged.” MORE:  Permalink; Facebook

Bonus post! Cato IV: “[It is obvious why], great power in the hands of a magistrate, and that power connected, with a considerable duration, may be dangerous to the liberties of a republic—the deposit of vast trusts in the hands of a single magistrate, enables him in their exercise, to create a numerous train of dependants—this tempts his ambition . . . gives him the means and time to perfect and execute his designs—he therefore fancies that he may be great and glorious by oppressing his fellow citizens, and raising himself to permanent grandieur on the ruins of his country.” MORE: Permalink; Facebook

Thursday, November 9

On this day in 1965, a massive blackout cripples the Northeast. At first, no one knew what to think! The Cold War was then being silently waged. Had a missile struck somewhere? “Was there anyone whose mind was not touched,” the New Yorker would ask, “at least fleetingly, by the conviction that this was it—that the missiles were on their way, and Doomsday was at hand?” FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Bonus post! On this day in 1756, George Washington engages in a surprising letter writing campaign. He was Commander of the Virginia Regiment and felt that his men were suffering from the lack of a publicly funded chaplain. He spent many months lobbying the Governor and the Speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses for help in fixing the situation. It took about a year and a half, but his request was approved. MORE:  Facebook

Friday, November 10

Happy birthday to the United States Marine Corps! On this day in 1775, the Continental Congress passed a resolution requiring that “two Battalions of Marines be raised” to support the recently organized Continental Navy. The resolution further stipulated that no person be enlisted, except “such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve to advantage by sea, when required.” FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Bonus post! Federalist Paper No. 5: “It was remarked in the preceding paper, that weakness and divisions at home would invite dangers from abroad; and that nothing would tend more to secure us from them than union, strength, and good government within ourselves. This subject is copious and cannot easily be exhausted.” MORE:  Permalink; Facebook

Saturday, November 11

On this day in 1921, an unidentified soldier from World War I was interred in a Tomb—the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. President Warren Harding spoke at the ceremony. He opened with these words: “We are met today to pay the impersonal tribute. The name of him whose body lies before us took flight with his imperishable soul. We know not whence he came, but only that his death marks him with the everlasting glory of an American dying for his country.” FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

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Sunday, November 12

On this day in 1954, Ellis Island releases its last immigrant. The island’s immigration center had been in operation since 1892. Did you know that the federal government wasn’t always in charge of immigration? For many years, the states performed this task! By the end of the 1800s, however, more and more immigrants were coming into the country. Congress approved the Immigration Act of 1891, making immigration a federal responsibility. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram