This Week in History: The Manhattan Project, the Battle of Quinby Bridge, & Apollo 11

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, July 15

Medal of Honor Monday! On or around this day in 1892, an American hero is born. Private Henry Johnson would go on to save a fellow soldier during World War I. His bravery earned him a Medal of Honor, but it also earned him a French Croix de Guerre. Perhaps no one expected the 5’4” railroad porter from Albany to become such a hero? FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Tuesday, July 16

On this day in 1945, the world’s first atomic bomb is detonated in New Mexico. The top-secret Manhattan Project had succeeded. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Wednesday, July 17

On this day in 1781, Americans fight the Battle of Quinby Bridge and Shubrick’s Plantation. It was a small engagement, but it “typifies the slow, inexorable military pressure that gradually drove the British into an ever-decreasing perimeter” in the final months of the American Revolution. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Thursday, July 18

On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence is proclaimed to the public from the Old State House in Boston. That building had been home to many aspects of the King’s government for decades. Now American independence would be declared from its balcony as a huge crowd gathered below. What a striking contrast. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Friday, July 19

During this week in 1775, American Patriots set fire to Boston Light, then the oldest lighthouse in North America. In many ways, our Revolution was full of these little-known conflicts. Many of the stories are all but lost to history. How sad. These little incidents were, in so many ways, critical to our success. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Saturday, July 20

On this day in 1969, Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the moon. Americans had won a “space race” to get there. We’d overcome the Soviet Union, which had been running ahead for much of that race. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

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Sunday, July 21

On this day in 1789, a signer of the Declaration of Independence writes a letter to John Adams. The letter sounds harsh to modern ears. And yet it makes perfect sense. “A simple democracy,” Benjamin Rush wrote, “or an unbalanced republic, is one of the greatest of evils.” FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram