This Week in History: V-E Day, famed aviator Harriet Quimby, and American naval hero John Paul Jones

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 and MeWe, too. Enjoy and have a great week!

Monday, May 7

Medal of Honor Monday! On this day in 1976, a future Medal of Honor recipient is born. U.S. Navy SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy would become the first sailor to receive the Medal since the Vietnam War. It’s been said that Murphy’s “death was cut from the same cloth as his life.” FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Tuesday, May 8

On this day in 1945, Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day) is celebrated! Nazi Germany had finally surrendered to Allied forces. World War II was at an end—at least in Europe. The war against Japan would continue in the Pacific. V-E Day was not without its share of behind-the-scenes drama. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Bonus post: At about this time in 1788, Alexander Hamilton was writing Federalist Paper No. 82: “The principles established in a former paper teach us that the States will retain all PRE-EXISTING authorities which may not be exclusively delegated to the federal head . . . . And under this impression, I shall lay it down as a rule, that the State courts will RETAIN the jurisdiction they now have, unless it appears to be taken away in one of the enumerated modes.” MORE:  Permalink; Facebook

Wednesday, May 9

On this day in 1754, Benjamin Franklin’s Pennsylvania Gazette publishes a political cartoon that you might recognize. It depicted a snake cut into eight sections with the words “Join, or Die” etched below the snake. The snake imagery would come to carry great meaning during the Revolutionary War years. But do you know precisely what that snake symbolizes? FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Thursday, May 10

During this week in 1778, American naval hero John Paul Jones writes a “Chivalrous Letter” to the Countess of Selkirk. Or so it has been called. The less glamorous description of the letter? It was basically an apology. You may remember John Paul Jones for his daring exploits, as when he stood upon a sinking ship, defying a British captain and refusing to surrender: “I have not yet begun to fight!” It’s the stuff that legends are made of! Perhaps his encounter with the Selkirks is more of an amusing footnote? FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Friday, May 11

On this day in 1779, a signer of the Declaration of Independence passes away. He’d risked everything for the Patriot cause, yet he did not even live to see the end of the war. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Saturday, May 12

On (almost) this day in 1875, Harriet Quimby is born. She would become the first woman to fly across the English Channel, the first woman to fly at night, and the first American woman to earn her pilot’s license. In fact, Quimby may be the most famous female aviator that you’ve never heard of. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

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Sunday, May 13

On this day in 1968, Staff Sergeant Reckless passes away. This particular United States Marine was a horse. Yes, you read that right. The horse was so valuable to (and loved by) the Marines that she was promoted all the way up to Staff Sergeant. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram