This Day in History: D-Day, a massive June storm, and the battle for Cherbourg

On this day in 1944, the city of Cherbourg, France, falls to Allied forces. It had been mere weeks since the D-Day landings—but Allied leaders were bound and determined to seize Cherbourg. They really needed that port! They especially needed it after the events of June 19. A huge storm struck Normandy that day. The damage […]

This Day in History: George Washington saves his army at Monmouth

On this day in 1778, George Washington saves his army from certain defeat at the Battle of Monmouth. That conflict had nearly ended in disgrace and a retreat when one of Washington’s officers made a critical mistake. Fortunately, General Washington arrived on the scene, just in time. The clash at Monmouth occurred just after Washington’s […]

This Day in History: Rags, the dog who was a World War I hero

On or around this day in 1916, a mixed-breed terrier is born. The little dog would go on to become an American war hero—and the U.S. 1st Infantry Division’s mascot during World War I. “Rags” might never have been found but for Private Jimmy Donovan. The young soldier had been asked to march in Paris’s […]

This Day in History: Thomas A. Baker and the Battle of Saipan

On this day in 1916, a future Medal of Honor recipient is born. You won’t believe what Private Thomas A. Baker accomplished with only eight bullets during the World War II Battle of Saipan! That battle was just one of several bloody battles fought in the Pacific in 1944. The Japanese were losing, but they […]