This Day in History: The British lose a foothold in the South as Norfolk burns

On this day in 1775, a stand-off comes to a head in Norfolk, Virginia. American Patriots had been in control of the town for weeks; they’d been refusing to give a nearby British fleet any access to supplies or provisions. The British weren’t going to let that situation stand, of course. Reinforcements soon arrived in […]

This Day in History: George Washington’s plea for help from Valley Forge

On this day in 1777, General George Washington writes a letter from Valley Forge. A copy was sent to nearly every state. The army was struggling, and Washington pled for help. The General wondered if the states would think that he was exaggerating the gravity of the situation. Was his story even believable? But clothes […]

This Day in History: James Wilkinson, the “other” Benedict Arnold

On this day in 1825, James Wilkinson dies in Mexico City. He has been called the “most notorious American traitor you’ve probably never heard of.” Another historian has called him the “the most consummate artist in treason that the nation ever possessed.” He must have been! His questionable activities were not proven until decades after […]

This Day in History: Apollo 8 returns from its Christmas at the moon

On this day in 1968, Apollo 8 splashes down in the ocean. The crew had spent Christmas Eve orbiting the moon! The three men famously saw the first “Earthrise” as they came out from behind the lunar surface that day. What a way to celebrate Christmas?! They snapped the attached photo, forever memorializing their experience. […]