This Week in History: The Constitutional Convention, the Memphis Belle, & Apollo 10

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 13

Medal of Honor Monday! During this week in 1922, a future Medal of Honor recipient is born. Then-Private Wilburn K. Ross would engage in a virtual one-man battle against German forces for an unbelievable 5 hours. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Tuesday, May 14

On this day in 1766, a little-known Patriot is born in South Carolina. At the age of 15, Dicey Langston would make a Paul Revere-like dash in the middle of the night. Revere was fortunate to have a horse: Dicey had only her feet! She also had the swift currents of a local river standing between her and her destination. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Wednesday, May 15

During this week in 1787, the Constitutional Convention is scheduled to begin—but nothing happened! The Convention couldn’t get started, because only a handful of delegates had arrived in Philadelphia. A quorum of seven states was not present until May 25. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Thursday, May 16

On this day in 1771, the Battle of Alamance is fought. The battle occurred nearly four years before the “shot heard ‘round the world” at Lexington and Concord. Perhaps an early precursor to the American Revolution? FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Bonus post: At about this time in 1788, Alexander Hamilton (a.k.a. Publius) was writing Federalist Paper No. 83: “And as to the conduct of the officers of the revenue, the provision in favor of trial by jury in criminal cases, will afford the security aimed at. Wilful abuses of a public authority, to the oppression of the subject, and every species of official extortion, are offenses against the government, for which the persons who commit them may be indicted and punished according to the circumstances of the case.” MORE: PermalinkFacebook 

Friday, May 17

On this day in 1943, a B-17 Flying Fortress completes its 25th combat mission without losing a member of its crew. Memphis Belle would return to the United States, embark on a war bond tour, and become one of the most famous bombers to emerge from World War II. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Saturday, May 18

On this day in 1969, Apollo 10 is launched. It was the last mission before Apollo 11 famously landed on the moon, but did you know that it nearly ended in tragedy? A lunar module carrying two astronauts spun out of control and was barely recovered. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

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Sunday, May 19

During this week in 1778, the Battle of Barren Hill occurs. Mere days earlier, a group of Oneida Indians had offered their assistance to George Washington’s army. Surely they couldn’t have known how quickly they would be called upon to help? Their presence would soon help American forces turn back the British. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram