This Week in History: Battle of Saipan, Rags the Army Dog, and Battle of Gettysburg

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 25

Medal of Honor Monday! 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! FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Tuesday, June 26

On this day in 1784, a signer of the Declaration of Independence passes away. Caesar Rodney is perhaps best known for his ride to Philadelphia on the night of July 1-2, 1776. Surely his feat was at least as important as Paul Revere’s! Rodney rode 80 miles through a storm, arriving in Philadelphia just in time to ensure that Delaware voted for independence. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Wednesday, June 27

During this week 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. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Thursday, June 28

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 1918 Bastille Day parade. At the time, Rags was just a nameless and homeless little dog, roaming the streets of Paris. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Friday, June 29

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! FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Saturday, June 30

On this day in 1882, Charles J. Guiteau is hanged for the assassination of President James Garfield. Would you believe that Guiteau shot the President simply because he’d been denied a job in the Garfield administration? FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

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Sunday, July 1

On this day in 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg begins. Our nation should have been celebrating its 87th birthday that week! Instead, we were engaged in a brutal, 3-day battle that would end with as many as 51,000 dead or wounded. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram