This Day in History: Lt. Douglas Campbell becomes the first all-American flying ace

On this day in 1918, Lt. Douglas Campbell becomes the first all-American flying ace. Despite this feat and despite his service with legendary pilots such as Eddie Rickenbacker, Campbell’s name is relatively unknown today. Perhaps that problem should be rectified. 🙂 Campbell was a valued member of the 94th Aero Squadron who had more than […]

This Day in History: World War II’s “Forgotten Battle”

On this day in 1943, the Battle of Attu comes to an end. It was an American victory! The Japanese had held two of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands for nearly a year—but now we’d won one back. The second would soon follow. The Battle of Attu was the only land battle fought in North America during […]

This Day in History: “If this be treason, make the most of it!”

On this day in 1765, Patrick Henry gives a rousing speech to the Virginia House of Burgesses. You may know Henry for his “give me liberty or give me death” speech in 1775, but this one came earlier—and it shook Virginians in pre-Revolutionary War America to their core. It just happened to be Henry’s 29th […]

This Day in History: George Washington starts a war. Sort of.

On this day in 1754, a young George Washington experiences his first combat. Did you know that he was involved in an incident that helped to trigger the French and Indian War? The dispute then centered on the Ohio Country. Who would own and control that land? The French? Or the English? A young George […]