This Week in History: Paul Revere’s ride, first shots of the American Revolution, & the Battle of San Jacinto

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 15

Medal of Honor Monday! During this week in 1972, a Navy SEAL begins a multi-day rescue that would ultimately earn him the Medal of Honor. Two U.S. Air Force pilots had been shot down behind enemy lines! Making matters worse, one of the downed pilots knew critical information about U.S. capabilities. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; FB Group; Instagram; Tumblr

Tuesday, April 16

On this day in 1912, Harriet Quimby becomes the first woman to fly across the English Channel. Perhaps she’s the most famous female aviator you’ve never heard of? Not only was she the first to make the then-dangerous trip across the Channel, but she was also the first woman to fly at night, and the first American woman to earn her pilot’s license. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; FB Group; Instagram; Tumblr

Bonus post: At about this time in 1788, Alexander Hamilton (a.k.a. Publius) was writing Federalist Paper No. 79: “In the general course of human nature, A POWER OVER A MAN’S SUBSISTENCE AMOUNTS TO A POWER OVER HIS WILL. And we can never hope to see realized in practice, the complete separation of the judicial from the legislative power, in any system which leaves the former dependent for pecuniary resources on the occasional grants of the latter.” FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook

Wednesday, April 17

On this day in 1741, a future signer of the Declaration of Independence is born. He would later be appointed a Supreme Court Justice by none other than George Washington. Would you believe that a Washington appointee and a Declaration signer was later impeached?! Samuel Chase remains the first and only Supreme Court Justice to be put through that process. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; FB Group; Instagram; Tumblr

Thursday, April 18

On this day in 1775, Paul Revere makes his famous ride. I am so sorry to tell you that he did not really yell “the British are coming!” as he rode. But he did accomplish one important goal: He warned Samuel Adams and John Hancock that British soldiers were coming to arrest them. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; FB Group; Instagram; Tumblr

Friday, April 19

On this day in 1775, the “shot heard round the world” occurs at Lexington Green! It had been mere hours since Paul Revere ended his famous ride from Boston to Lexington. Seven hundred British soldiers were en route to Concord. Their goal? They wanted to seize the weapons and supplies that Americans had stored at Concord, Massachusetts. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; FB Group; Instagram; Tumblr

Saturday, April 20

On or around this day in 1775, a group of women from Massachusetts capture suspected Tories. They weren’t going to sit around twiddling their thumbs while their husbands left to fight at Lexington and Concord! These women were determined to contribute to the Patriot cause, too. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; FB Group; Instagram; Tumblr

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Sunday, April 21

On this day in 1836, Texans win the Battle of San Jacinto. The battle was won in only 18 minutes! The decisive victory would ultimately ensure independence for the Republic of Texas. It also avenged the blood that had been shed at the Alamo and at Goliad. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; FB Group; Instagram