This Week in History: George Washington inaugurated, the Pajama Pilot, & the Kentucky Derby

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, April 29

Medal of Honor Monday! During this week 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. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Tuesday, April 30

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 church bells. Some citizens began their day by attending prayer services. In the meantime, Washington was getting ready for his day. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Wednesday, May 1

During this week 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 the Japanese attack began, he didn’t even stop long enough to put on a flight suit. Instead, he rushed out to the runway in a pair of purple pajamas. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Bonus post: At about this time in 1788, Alexander Hamilton (a.k.a. Publius) was writing Federalist Paper No. 81: “[T]here is not a syllable in the plan under consideration which DIRECTLY empowers the national courts to construe the laws according to the spirit of the Constitution, or which gives them any greater latitude in this respect than may be claimed by the courts of every State.” MORE: PermalinkFacebook

Thursday, May 2

During this week in 1775, the first newspaper account of the Battles of Lexington and Concord appears. The printer was a Patriot that you’ve probably never heard of—but perhaps you should. Indeed, Isaiah Thomas was so effective that he was on a “most wanted” list of sorts: The British wanted him dead. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Friday, May 3

On this day in 1775, Patrick Henry faces off against Virginia’s Royal Governor. The Gunpowder Incident was afoot! Naturally, the conflict was created by guns, ammunition . . . and a British attempt to confiscate them. How unsurprising that our ancestors wrote the 2nd Amendment, with incidents such as these inspiring them. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Saturday, May 4

At about this time in 1875, the first Kentucky Derby is run. The Derby has been described as a “grand slice of Americana”! No wonder? Early foundations for the race can be found as early as 1783, nearly a decade before Kentucky entered the Union. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

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Sunday, May 5

On this day in 1988, President Ronald Reagan signs a law designating the first Thursday in May as the National Day of Prayer. Of course, Reagan had already issued a proclamation for a day of prayer that year. In classic Reagan style, his proclamation included a story. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram