This Week in History: The Battle of the Coral Sea, the first Inaugural Ball, and V-E 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, MeWe, a Facebook Group, and Tumblr, too. Enjoy and have a great week!

Monday, May 6

Medal of Honor Monday! On this day in 1942, the multi-day Battle of the Coral Sea is waged. Three United States Navy officers would receive the Medal of Honor for their bravery during the intense battle. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Tuesday, May 7

On this day in 1789, the first inaugural ball is held. It wasn’t quite what we think of as a presidential ball, but it was a celebration, nonetheless! Can you imagine Washington dancing at his ball? You probably can’t. The picture painted of Washington in our history books is that of a calm, emotionless figure. How could such a stoic figure enjoy dancing? FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Bonus post: At about this time in 1788, Alexander Hamilton was writing Federalist Paper No. 82: “The principles established in a former paper teach us that the States will retain all PRE-EXISTING authorities which may not be exclusively delegated to the federal head . . . . And under this impression, I shall lay it down as a rule, that the State courts will RETAIN the jurisdiction they now have, unless it appears to be taken away in one of the enumerated modes.” MORE:  PermalinkFacebook

Wednesday, May 8

On this day in 1945, Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day) is celebrated! Nazi Germany had finally surrendered to Allied forces. World War II was at an end—at least in Europe. The war against Japan would continue in the Pacific. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Thursday, May 9

On this day in 1942, a United States Coast Guard cutter sinks a German submarine just off the coast of North Carolina. Dozens of Germans are captured. Yes, you read that correctly. A German submarine was patrolling off the east coast of the United States during the early months of World War II. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Friday, May 10

On this day in 1730, a signer of the Declaration of Independence is born. If you’ve heard a story about George Ross, it probably wasn’t about his signature, though. It was probably about the woman that his nephew married: Betsy Ross. Legend has it that George Ross brought George Washington to the seamstress’s shop during May or June of 1776 when General Washington needed a new flag for his army. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Saturday, May 11

On this day in 1968, Staff Sergeant Reckless passes away. This particular United States Marine was a horse. Yes, you read that right. The horse was so valuable to (and loved by) the Marines that she was promoted all the way up to Staff Sergeant. Indeed, she was so well respected that her last promotion was personally given by the Commandant of the entire Marine Corps. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

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Sunday, May 5

On this day in 1781, a female hero makes a little-known sacrifice for the Patriot cause. Perhaps a story about a patriotic and self-sacrificing woman is appropriate for Mother’s Day?! Brigadier General Francis Marion (“the Swamp Fox”) and Lt. Colonel “Light Horse Harry” Lee really needed Rebecca Motte’s help. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram