This Day in History: President John Tyler is nearly killed in a cannon explosion

On this day in 1844, President John Tyler is nearly killed in a cannon explosion. At that moment in our nation’s history, the explosion was the worst peacetime disaster that had ever been experienced in our country. The President was then on a cruise, sailing down the Potomac aboard the USS Princeton. The cruise was […]

This Day in History: Theodore “Spuds” Ellyson, the very first U.S. Navy aviator

On this day in 1885, Theodore “Spuds” Ellyson is born. Exactly 43 years later, he would be tragically killed—on his birthday. He was the very first aviator in the United States Navy. His designation was Naval Aviator No. 1. He loved it! “Some people make their way into history through hard work and perseverance,” the […]

This Day in History: The City of Los Angeles under siege . . . sort of

On this day in 1942, the Battle of Los Angeles is fought . . . sort of. Americans were ferociously firing at something that wasn’t there! Perhaps the situation was unsurprising. Everyone was on edge: After all, the Japanese had attacked an oil field near Santa Barbara just one day earlier. Yes, you read that […]