This Week in History: Library of Congress, John Wilkes Booth, & training for D-Day

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, April 22

Medal of Honor Monday! During this week in 1916, a hero is born. Emil Kapaun would go on to serve as an Army chaplain in both World War II and the Korean War. Today, Kapaun is not only a Medal recipient, but he is also being considered for sainthood in the Catholic Church. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; FB Group; Instagram; Tumblr

Tuesday, April 23

On this day in 1789, George Washington arrives in New York. The former Commander-in-Chief would soon be inaugurated first President of the United States. He’d surely thought—even hoped—that his time in public service was over. Five years earlier, he’d resigned from the Army and left New York. He’d been itching to resume life at his beloved Mount Vernon. Now, he was back. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; FB Group

Bonus quote: At about this time in 1788, Alexander Hamilton (a.k.a. Publius) was writing Federalist Paper No. 80: “The mere necessity of uniformity in the interpretation of the national laws, decides the question. Thirteen independent courts of final jurisdiction over the same causes, arising upon the same laws, is a hydra in government, from which nothing but contradiction and confusion can proceed.” Permalink; Facebook

Wednesday, April 24

On this day in 1800, President John Adams approves an appropriation of $5,000 to bring to the Capitol “such books as may be necessary for the use of congress.” The appropriation created a library—the original Library of Congress. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; FB Group; Instagram; Tumblr

Thursday, April 25

On this day in 1846, Mexican and American forces clash in a disputed area close to the Rio Grande. The so-called Thornton Affair would finally push the United States into war with Mexico. “Hostilities may be considered to have commenced,” then-Brigadier General Zachary Taylor wrote President Polk. “American blood has been spilled.” FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; FB Group; Instagram; Tumblr

Friday, April 26

On this day in 1865, John Wilkes Booth is shot and killed on a farm in Virginia. Did you ever wonder what happened to him in the days after he’d assassinated Abraham Lincoln? FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; FB Group; Instagram; Tumblr

Saturday, April 27

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? FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram; Tumblr

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Sunday, April 28

On this day in 1944, American forces engage in training exercises for the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Exercise Tiger was intended to simulate every aspect of the landings at Utah Beach. Unfortunately, it ended in tragedy and disaster instead. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram; Tumblr