This Week in History: Olivia J. Hooker & the Coast Guard, Sabena Flight 548, and the H.L. Hunley

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, February 11

Medal of Honor Monday! During this week in 1969, a United States Marine is ambushed—but goes down fighting! Lance Corporal William R. Prom would be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for the bravery that cost him his life that day. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; FB Group; Google+; Instagram; Tumblr

Tuesday, February 12

On this day in 1915, an American heroine is born. Olivia J. Hooker would become the first black woman to serve in the United States Coast Guard. She sure survived a lot to get to that point. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; FB Group; Google+; Instagram; Tumblr

Bonus quoteFederalist Paper No. 54: “THE next view which I shall take of the House of Representatives relates to the appointment of its members to the several States which is to be determined by the same rule with that of direct taxes.” MORE: PermalinkFacebook

Wednesday, February 13

On or around this day in 1778, the Oneida Indians offer assistance to George Washington’s troops, then quartered for the winter at Valley Forge. One Oneida woman, in particular, really went above and beyond the call of duty! FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; FB Group; Google+; Instagram; Tumblr

Bonus quoteFederalist Paper No. 55: “I am unable to conceive that the State legislatures, which must feel so many motives to watch, and which possess so many means of counteracting, the federal legislature, would fail either to detect or to defeat a conspiracy of the latter against the liberties of their common constituents.” MORE: PermalinkFacebook

Thursday, February 14

During this week in 1726, a signatory to the Declaration of Independence is born in New Jersey. Abraham Clark must have had nerves of steel! On the day that the Declaration was signed, he wrote a stirring letter: “We are now Sir embarked on a most Tempestuous Sea, Life very uncertain, Seeming dangers Scattered thick Around us . . . Let us prepare for the Worst. We can Die here but once.” FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; FB Group; Google+

Friday, February 15

On this day in 1961, the United States figure skating team is killed in the crash of Sabena flight 548. The terrible tragedy shook the country to its core—and the sport would take decades to bounce back. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; FB Group; Google+

Saturday, February 16

On this day in 1724, the “Sam Adams of the South” is born. You may not know this Patriot’s full name, but you have certainly seen the flag named after him. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; FB Group; Google+; Instagram; Tumblr

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Bonus quoteFederalist Paper No. 56: “It is a sound and important principle, that the representative ought to be acquainted with the interests and circumstances of his constituents.” MORE: PermalinkFacebook

Sunday, February 17

On this day in 1864, a Confederate submarine torpedoes and sinks the USS Housatonic. The H.L. Hunley changed naval warfare forever. It was the first submarine to successfully sink a warship! FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; FB Group; Google+; Instagram; Tumblr