This Day in History: Lt. Col. Phillip Rasmussen, hero of Pearl Harbor

On this day in 2005, Lt. Col. Phillip Rasmussen passes away. He is best known for his actions on December 7, 1941, during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  He’s since been dubbed the “Pajama Pilot.” He was one of the few fighter pilots to get a plane into the air that day. But when […]

This Day in History: Captain Jay Vargas & his 3-day ordeal in Vietnam

On this day in 1968, a United States Marine leads an attack on the village of Dai Do in Vietnam. Jay Vargas and his men would persevere through a 3-day battle with little to no sleep. Captain Vargas showed such bravery during the conflict that he would ultimately receive the Medal of Honor. There was […]

This Day in History: President George Washington is inaugurated

On this day in 1789, George Washington is inaugurated as the first President of the United States. The inauguration occurred in New York: There was no such thing as Washington, D.C. back then. Thus, on the morning of April 30, citizens in New York awoke to a salute of thirteen guns and the peal of […]

This Day in History: The British hire Hessians to fight American colonists

On this day in 1776, Lord George Germain informs British General William Howe that Hessian troops are on their way to America. What are Hessians? Why would they be headed to American shores? And why would that have been considered a thumb in the eye to the colonists? The answer may not be what you expect. When […]