This Week in History: Battle of Anzio, the Red Cross, & Martha Washington passes away

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, MeWe, a Facebook Group, and Tumblr, too. Enjoy and have a great week!

Monday, May 20

Medal of Honor Monday! During this week in 1944, Allied forces begin an effort that would ultimately bring the World War II Battle of Anzio to an end. That battle to help free Italy from the Axis powers had been ongoing for months! Twenty-two Americans would ultimately receive a Medal of Honor for their contributions to the effort. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Tuesday, May 21

On this day in 1881, the American Association of the Red Cross is founded by Clara Barton, a woman of immense determination! She founded the organization at a time when women simply were not supposed to do that kind of thing. You have to wonder what she’d manage to accomplish today, without such hindrances. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Wednesday, May 22

On this day in 1802, Martha Washington passes away. Her family mourned her passing, but Martha herself was ready to go. She would finally join her beloved George! His death in December 1799 had been very hard on her. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Thursday, May 23

On this day in 1782, George Washington receives an effusive apology from one of his soldiers. That man had seemingly implied that George Washington should assume the title of King. Washington was appalled! He squashed the idea immediately. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Friday, May 24

On this day in 1854, a fugitive slave named Anthony Burns is arrested in Boston, in compliance with the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. The manner in which he was returned to captivity shocked the city and deepened anti-slavery sentiment in the area. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Bonus Post! At about this time in 1788, Alexander Hamilton (a.k.a. Publius) was writing Federalist Paper No. 84: “[Bills of Rights] are not only unnecessary in the proposed Constitution, but would even be dangerous. . . . For why declare that things shall not be done which there is no power to do?  Why, for instance, should it be said that the liberty of the press shall not be restrained, when no power is given by which restrictions may be imposed?” MORE: Permalink; Facebook

Saturday, May 25

During this week in 1971, Memorial Day is observed on a new date. If you don’t know much about the history of this weekend’s holiday, then you are not alone. To some degree, its origins remain shrouded in mystery. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

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Sunday, May 26

During this week in 1787, the Constitutional Convention finally begins. The meeting had been scheduled to start nearly two weeks earlier, on May 14, but things hadn’t gone according to plan. Instead, only two states showed up that day: Virginia and Pennsylvania. Travel was never easy back then. It was always making people late. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram