This Week in History: USS Thresher sinks, Apollo 13, and Thomas Jefferson born

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, April 9

Medal of Honor Monday! On (almost) this day in 1970, an Army Ranger concludes an action that would ultimately earn him the Medal of Honor. Would you believe that Sergeant First Class Gary Littrell fought, non-stop, for four days and nights? Nor was he the only one. Nearly 500 men went into that battle. Only 42 would emerge. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Bonus post: Federalist Paper No. 78: “No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution, can be valid. To deny this, would be to affirm, that . . . the representatives of the people are superior to the people themselves; that men acting by virtue of powers, may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid.” MORE:  Permalink; Facebook

Tuesday, April 10

On this day in 1963, the USS Thresher sinks off the coast of Cape Cod. Sadly, a rescue ship was floating helplessly above the wreckage, listening to the sounds of the submarine breaking up below. The tragedy shocked the naval community. Thresher was considered one of the premier submarines of its time. It was fast—and quiet! It could dive deeper than other submarines. It should have been a valuable asset for the United States during the Cold War. Instead, it sank and imploded. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

 Wednesday, April 11

On this day in 1970, Apollo 13 is launched. Just two days later, the mission would unfortunately be struck by catastrophe. An oxygen tank would explode, leaving three astronauts in a crippled spaceship about 200,000 miles from Earth. How would they survive? For days, the country waited in suspense. Congress passed resolutions asking Americans to pray. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Thursday, April 12

On this day in 1861, the first shot of the Civil War is fired. Was this moment inevitable? Not everyone thought so. Tensions had long existed between North and South, of course, but Abraham Lincoln’s election in 1860 made things even worse. Southern states were irate! Seven seceded and formed themselves into the Confederate States of America. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Friday, April 13

On this day in 1743, Thomas Jefferson is born. You already know that he drafted the Declaration of Independence. But did you know that he was only 33 years old when he did it? What prompted congressional members to turn to one of their youngest for such an important task? The answer reveals a more anti-slavery Jefferson than you might have expected. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Saturday, April 14

On this day in 1775, America’s first abolitionist group is formed. Wait. What? Some of our Founders were trying to end slavery, even before the American Revolution? Yes, that’s right. Even during the early years of our country, some Americans were working to end slavery. The much-respected Benjamin Franklin was one of these individuals. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

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Sunday, April 15

On this day in 1865, Abraham Lincoln passes away. He had been shot by an assassin the day before. The President had decided to spend his Good Friday evening at a comedy at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. It had been only 5 days since General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant, effectively bringing the Civil War to a close. As the President watched the show from his box, an assassin burst through the door. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram