This Week in History: USS Archerfish sinks Shinano, Rosa Parks arrested, & Sir Winston Churchill born

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, November 26

Medal of Honor Monday! On this day in 1929, a hero is born in Eutaw, Alabama. Matthew Leonard grew up in the midst of the segregated South—but he rose above it. Perhaps you’d expect nothing less from a boy who was known for walking school hallways in his Boy Scout uniform? FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; FB Group; Google+; Instagram

Tuesday, November 27

On this day in 1746, a future Patriot is born. Robert Livingston’s name is one that most Americans don’t recognize, but perhaps they should. He played a critical role in several founding events. Did you know that he is the one standing next to George Washington in portraits of the first inauguration? Or did you know that Livingston obtained the territory that would become Louisiana, Arkansas, and Missouri—to say nothing of states such as Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska? FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; FB Group; Google+; Instagram

Bonus quote! Federalist Paper No. 12: “It has been found in various countries that, in proportion as commerce has flourished, land has risen in value. . . . It is astonishing that so simple a truth should ever have had an adversary; and it is one, among a multitude of proofs, how apt a spirit of ill-informed jealousy, or of too great abstraction and refinement, is to lead men astray from the plainest truths of reason and conviction.” MORE:  PermalinkFacebook

Wednesday, November 28

On this day in 1944, the submarine USS Archerfish begins tracking (and would ultimately sink) the Japanese aircraft carrier Shinano. The Japanese ship was then brand new; it had been commissioned less than two weeks earlier. The ship wasn’t even completely fitted out! When Archerfish found her, she was en route to the Inland Sea to complete some final items. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; FB Group; Google+; Instagram

Bonus postFederalist Paper No. 13: “[T]here will be so much the less to be drawn from the pockets of the people. . . . Nothing can be more evident than that the thirteen States will be able to support a national government better than one half, or one third, or any number less than the whole.” MORE: PermalinkFacebook

Thursday, November 29

On this day in 1775, Americans take an important step in their fight against Great Britain: The Continental Congress establishes the Committee of Correspondence. Such a dry-sounding name for what would soon follow: secret midnight meetings, covert operations, and even a fake merchant company providing cover to France and Spain! FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; FB Group; Google+

Bonus quote! Brutus IV: “I would observe, that constitutions are not so necessary to regulate the conduct of good rulers as to restrain that of bad ones.—Wise and good men will exercise power so as to promote the public happiness under any form of government.” MORE: Permalink; Facebook

Friday, November 30

On this day in 1874, Sir Winston Churchill is born. This adopted American is best known, of course, for serving as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; FB Group; Google+; Instagram

Bonus postFederalist Paper No. 14: “Happily for America, happily, we trust, for the whole human race, [the leaders of the Revolution] pursued a new and more noble course. They accomplished a revolution which has no parallel in the annals of human society. . . . If their works betray imperfections, we wonder at the fewness of them.” MORE: PermalinkFacebook

Bonus post: Centinel IV: “Of what avail will be a prosperous state of commerce, when the produce of it will be at the absolute disposal of an arbitrary and unchecked government, who may levy at pleasure the most oppressive taxes; who may destroy every principle of freedom; who may even destroy the privilege of complaining.” MORE: PermalinkFacebook

Saturday, December 1

On this day in 1955, Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Fortunately, the unjust segregation laws that she was protesting would soon come to an end through peaceful acts of civil disobedience (such as her own), combined with non-violent protests led by men such as Martin Luther King, Jr. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; FB Group; Google+; Instagram

Check out my Saturday morning presidential trivia! Facebook

Bonus quote!  Federalist Paper No. 15: “If the road over which you will still have to pass should in some places appear to you tedious or irksome, you will recollect that you are in quest of information on a subject the most momentous which can engage the attention of a free people.” MORE:  PermalinkFacebook

Sunday, December 2

During this week in 1797, a signer of the Declaration of Independence passes away. You might be surprised to hear that Oliver Wolcott did not actually vote “yea” or “nay” on the Declaration. He couldn’t! He wasn’t present for the official vote in Philadelphia. But perhaps he effectively voted in the affirmative with his actions, as he served with Washington’s army in New York.. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; FB Group; Google+; Instagram