This Day in History: Exercise Tiger, the dress rehearsal for D-Day

On this day in 1944, American forces engage in training exercises for the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Exercise Tiger was intended to simulate every aspect of the landings at Utah Beach. Unfortunately, it ended in tragedy and disaster instead. Exercise Tiger was basically a dress rehearsal for D-Day! Everything was supposed to be as real […]

This Day in History: The Sultana, a Titanic-sized disaster, barely noticed

On this day in 1865, the SS Sultana explodes as it steams north up the Mississippi River. The loss was the biggest maritime disaster in U.S. history, yet the event received relatively little news coverage at the time. Instead, the story got lost amid news of Robert E. Lee’s surrender, President Lincoln’s assassination, and John […]

This Day in History: Esek & Stephen Hopkins, two brothers who served the Patriot cause

On this day in 1718, Esek Hopkins is born. He would become the first Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Navy. But Esek wasn’t the only Hopkins brother to serve the Patriot cause during the American Revolution. His brother, Stephen, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. You might remember Stephen because of his shaky signature on […]