This Week in History: America’s first flying ace, the Battle of Attu, & George Washington’s first combat

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 27

Medal of Honor Monday! During this month in 1915, a hero is born. First Lt. John Robert Fox would go on to become one of only seven black men to receive the Medal of Honor for his actions during World War II. Unfortunately, those Medals were too slow in coming. They weren’t awarded until 1997, more than 50 years after the war. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Tuesday, May 28

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? FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Bonus Post! At about this time in 1788, Alexander Hamilton (a.k.a. Publius) was writing Federalist Paper No. 85: “[T]he national rulers, whenever nine states concur, will have no option upon the subject [because of Article V]. . . . The words of this article are peremptory. The Congress “shall call a convention.” Nothing in this particular is left to the discretion of that body. . . . We may safely rely on the disposition of the state legislatures to erect barriers against the encroachments of the national authority.” MORE: PermalinkFacebook

Wednesday, May 29

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. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Thursday, May 30

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. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Friday, May 31

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 one “first” to his name. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Saturday, June 1

On this day in 1785, King George III receives a minister from the newly independent American colonies. That minister was none other than John Adams, who would one day be President of the United States. Oh, to be a fly on the wall in that room when an American minister met with the British King for the very first time after the American Revolution! FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

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Sunday, June 2

On this day in 1731, future First Lady Martha Washington is born. History has relegated Martha to a simple label: George’s wife. What a shame. Martha was a vivacious, bright, capable woman with her own story to tell. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram