This Day in History: USS Reuben James, first warship lost in World War II

On this day in 1941, USS Reuben James is torpedoed by a German submarine. She would become the first American warship sunk during World War II. But how could that be? Wasn’t America then still neutral? After all, the attack on Pearl Harbor was still weeks away. Reuben James wasn’t even the first to clash […]

This Day in History: Benedict Arnold prepares to invade Canada

On this day in 1775, a force led by Benedict Arnold works to complete a long trek through the Maine wilderness. The journey had nearly done everyone in! Unfortunately, it wasn’t over yet. Do you know about American attempts to seize portions of Canada during the American Revolution? This particular attempt was the brainchild of […]

This Day in History: The Erie Canal, built without federal aid

On this day in 1825, the Erie Canal opens. Did you know that the project was not funded by the federal government? It could have been but for one thing: the Father of the Constitution, James Madison, was President at a critical moment. He vetoed a funding bill because of concerns about its constitutionality. Yes, […]