This Day in History: The probable inspiration for Uncle Sam

On this day in 1854, the man who was the probable inspiration for Uncle Sam passes away during a cholera epidemic. Did you know that there was likely a real person behind the Uncle Sam character that you are used to seeing? Samuel Wilson was born on September 13, 1766, in Massachusetts.   Legend has it […]

This Day in History: The terrible fire aboard USS Forrestal

On this day in 1967, a rocket accidentally discharges aboard the flight deck of USS Forrestal. It smashes into a fighter jet piloted by then-Lt. Commander John McCain. Within minutes, the aft end of the aircraft carrier is ablaze. The incident would result in the worst loss of life aboard a U.S. Navy vessel since World […]

This Day in History: USS Indianapolis is sunk by Japanese torpedoes

On this day in 1945, the USS Indianapolis travels from Guam toward the Leyte Gulf in the Philippines. Unfortunately, Indianapolis would never arrive at its destination. Instead, it was sunk by Japanese torpedoes. There was just one silver lining to the tragedy. Indianapolis had already performed the most important part of its mission: It had […]

This Day in History: The Allies demand unconditional surrender from Japan

On this day in 1945, the United States, Great Britain, and China issue the Potsdam Declaration. The statement put the Japanese government on notice: The Allies were demanding unconditional surrender. “The time has come,” the Allies declared, “for Japan to decide whether she will continue to be controlled by those self-willed militaristic advisers whose unintelligent […]