This Day in History: Jesse Owens, the Olympics, & Adolf Hitler (part one)

On this day in 1980, Jesse Owens passes away. Owens is perhaps best known for his stunning performance at the 1936 Olympics, which were played in Nazi Germany just before World War II. “Mr. Owens, who was black, scored a triumph that would come to be regarded as not only athletic but also political,” his […]

This Day in History: Mexican General Santa Anna orders Texans at Goliad executed

On this day in 1836, the Goliad Massacre takes place. Most of you have heard “Remember the Alamo!” Did you know that “Remember Goliad!” was another battle cry used by Texans? The events at Goliad occurred just two short weeks after Texans were defeated at the Alamo. Colonel James Fannin was then at Goliad, building […]

This Day in History: A tragic end for one of America’s early war heroes

On this day in 1820, a funeral is held for U.S. Navy Commodore Stephen Decatur. He was the nation’s greatest naval hero since John Paul Jones! Unfortunately, he’d been mortally wounded in a duel mere days before. There was a lot of bad blood between the well-respected Decatur and a much-less respected man by the […]