This Week in History: D-Day landings, American aviatrix Ruth Law, and Bobby Kennedy shot

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, June 4

Medal of Honor Monday! On this day in 1918, a Navy lieutenant is held as a German prisoner. Edouard Victor Michel Izac had been captured just a few days earlier, when an American troop transport was torpedoed by a German submarine. After launching its torpedoes, the German submarine circled back around to confront the crew of USS President Lincoln, still floating in the water. The Germans wanted the American captain! FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Tuesday, June 5

On this day in 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy is shot by an assassin. His death would strike the nation hard: Bobby’s older brother, President John F. Kennedy, had also been assassinated just a few years earlier. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+

Wednesday, June 6

On this day in 1944, Allied troops land on the beaches of Normandy, France. The D-Day invasion was underway! By day’s end, more than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft had taken part in the effort—and more than 160,000 Allied soldiers had disembarked on French shores. It was the largest amphibious invasion in history. It was also the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Thursday, June 7

During this week in 1775, Marinus Willett stops British soldiers from leaving New York City with a store of arms. In fact, not only did he stop them, but he also gave a thundering speech that convinced some Red Coats to abandon the British army! FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Friday, June 8

On this day in 1845, Andrew Jackson passes away. The former President had lived long enough to see one last victory: He wanted Texas to join the Union! That goal was now within grasp. Jackson had been working toward such an outcome for decades. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Saturday, June 9

During this week in 1919, American aviatrix Ruth Law breaks an altitude record. It was just one of many records that she’d break! Indeed, Law was so well-known during her day that reporters used to call her Angel Ruth or Queen of the Aces. And yet most Americans today have never heard of this daring pioneer. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

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Sunday, June 10

During this week in 1775, the Continental Congress votes to raise multiple companies of riflemen. They were badly needed just outside Boston, where colonial militia had the British cornered. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram