This Week in History: Battle of Midway, D-Day, and the “Patriot-Artist of the Revolution”

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, June 3

Medal of Honor Monday! During this week in 1971, a soldier engages in an action that would ultimately earn him the Medal of Honor. Staff Sgt. Jon R. Cavaiani had stayed with his men, even after he’d been directly ordered to leave. He managed to save almost everyone in his platoon—except himself. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Tuesday, June 4

On this day in 1942, the Battle of Midway is fought. The Japanese had taken Americans by surprise at Pearl Harbor mere months before. Now the United States would strike a decisive blow of its own. Americans entered battle with a priceless advantage: They’d recently broken a Japanese naval code. The U.S. Navy had a pretty good idea of when, where, and how the Japanese would attack. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Wednesday, June 5

During this week in 1781, a brave American makes a daring trip in the middle of the night. Can you hear the echoes of Paul Revere?! Jack Jouett was the son of a tavern owner. His goal was to warn Virginian assemblymen that Bloody Banastre Tarleton was headed their way. His actions saved many—including Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry—from capture by the British. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Thursday, June 6

On this day in 1944, Allied troops land on the beaches of Normandy, France. Today is the 75th anniversary of D-Day! That effort was massive. More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft would eventually participate in the invasion—and more than 160,000 Allied soldiers would disembark on French shores. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Friday, June 7

During this week in 1756, the so-called “Patriot-Artist of the Revolution” is born in Connecticut. You may know of John Trumbull’s many famous paintings, but did you also know that he was arrested as a prisoner of war during the American Revolution? FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Saturday, June 8

On this day in 1806, a signer of the Declaration of Independence passes away. The circumstances surrounding George Wythe’s death were a bit mysterious. He may even have been poisoned. (Yikes.) FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

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Sunday, June 9

During this week in 1769, Daniel Boone gets his first good look at the territory in Kentucky—or “Kentucke,” as it was sometimes called. The Kentucky Historical Society still holds annual celebrations of Boone Day! FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram