This Week in History: The Grand Union Flag is raised, Grace Coolidge is born, & the Washingtons married

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, December 31

Medal of Honor Monday! During this week 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?! FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; FB Group; Google+; Instagram; Tumblr

Tuesday, January 1

On this day in 1776, the Grand Union Flag is hoisted by George Washington and his army. They were celebrating the birth of a new Continental Army! FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; FB Group; Google+; Instagram; Tumblr

Bonus quoteFederalist Paper No. 31: “Every thing beyond this must be left to the prudence and firmness of the people; who, as they will hold the scales in their own hands, it is to be hoped, will always take care to preserve the constitutional equilibrium between the general and the State governments.” MORE: PermalinkFacebook

Wednesday, January 2

On this day in 1777, the “second battle of Trenton” occurs. Americans had won an astounding victory only one week earlier. Now, the British were back, trying to recover the ground they’d lost. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; FB Group; Google+; Instagram; Tumblr

Bonus quoteFederalist Papers No. 32 & 33: “If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, . . . [must] take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify.” MORE: PermalinkFacebook

Thursday, January 3

On this day in 1777, George Washington wins the Battle of Princeton. It was the Americans’ second stunning victory in only 9 days! FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; FB Group; Google+; Instagram; Tumblr

Friday, January 4

During this week in 1879, a future First Lady of the United States is born. Grace Anna Goodhue Coolidge was an only child—and the apple of her parents’ eye. The “sun, moon, and stars, in the opinion of my parents, revolved about my infant head,” she would later joke. Her life was forever changed when she was only four years old. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; FB Group; Google+; Instagram; Tumblr

Saturday, January 5

On this day in 1781, Benedict Arnold invades Richmond, Virginia. Only months before, he had been an American officer. Now he was a traitor to the Patriot cause, and he’d been given command of a force composed of British soldiers, Hessian troops, and Loyalists. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; FB Group; Google+; Instagram; Tumblr

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Bonus quoteFederalist Papers No. 34 & 35: “The expenses arising from those institutions which are relative to the mere domestic police of a state . . . are insignificant in comparison with those which relate to the national defense.” MORE: PermalinkFacebook

Sunday, January 6

On this day in 1759, George Washington marries Martha Dandridge Custis. They had known each other for less than 10 months, and Martha had been widowed for less than 18 months. They were married at her home. Can you believe her home was called “the White House”? FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; FB Group; Google+; Instagram; Tumblr