This Day in History: Abraham Lincoln escapes an assassination attempt

On this day in 1861, President-elect Abraham Lincoln attends church services at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. He’d just escaped a possible assassination attempt! The months between Lincoln’s election and his inauguration were dicey. Seven states seceded from the Union following Lincoln’s election as President, and Lincoln began to receive many death threats. […]

This Day in History: The Men’s U.S. Hockey Team & the “Miracle on Ice”

On this day in 1980, the “Miracle on Ice” occurs. The United States men’s hockey team defeats the Soviets at the Lake Placid Olympic Games. It was a much-needed morale boost, just when our country needed it most. Who can forget the late 70s? The economy was bad. Gas lines were long. Hostages were stuck […]

This Day in History: John Quincy Adams passes away

On this day in 1848, former President John Quincy Adams suffers a stroke while speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives. He passed away a few days later. One suspects that, if Adams could have chosen a way to leave this earth, he would have opted to go in exactly this fashion. Adams […]

This Day in History: William Prescott, hero of Bunker Hill

On this day in 1726, William Prescott is born in Groton, Massachusetts. He is best known for his role in the Battle of Bunker Hill. You may remember that Americans besieged the British in Boston following the Battles of Lexington and Concord in April 1775. A few months into the siege, Americans became worried that […]

This Day in History: Former Vice President Aaron Burr is arrested for treason

On this day in 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr is arrested for treason. Less than three years earlier, he had killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Perhaps the guy just couldn’t stay out of trouble?! At the time, many thought Burr was trying to conquer land in the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase, separating it […]