This Day in History: Robert L. Howard, triple nominee for the Medal of Honor

On this day in 1968, an American soldier engages in an action that would earn him the Medal of Honor. Robert L. Howard would ultimately become one of our most highly decorated Vietnam veterans. Would you believe he was nominated for the Medal of Honor three times?! Two of the nominations apparently failed, at least […]

This Day in History: Benedict Arnold’s audacious attack on Quebec

During this week in 1775, the Battle of Quebec is fought. American General Richard Montgomery is killed. Benedict Arnold is wounded. Daniel Morgan and more than 400 others are captured. I guess you could say that it didn’t go too well. Readers of this page may recall that Benedict Arnold undertook a daring mission during the […]

This Day in History: Texas joins the Union as the 28th state

God Bless Texas! On this day in 1845, Texas joins the Union as the 28th state. Of course, we were the Republic of Texas immediately before that. Texas won its independence from Mexico in 1836, and it was an independent nation for more than nine years before it joined the Union. But annexation into the […]

This Day in History: Mum Bett fights slavery in Massachusetts

On this day in 1829, Elizabeth Freeman passes away. The woman better known as “Mum Bett” was the first woman to be declared free from slavery under the Massachusetts Constitution of 1780. That document joined the Declaration of Independence in declaring: “All men are born free and equal.” In 1781, with mere months left in […]