This Week in History: Operation Tidal Wave, Hiroshima, & the Battle of Guam

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, August 5

Medal of Honor Monday! During this week in 1943, Operation Tidal Wave begins. Nearly 180 Consolidated B-24 Liberator bombers embark on a lengthy mission to destroy oil refineries in Ploesti, Romania. The mission has been called the “longest, bloodiest, most heroic bombing mission in history.” FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Tuesday, August 6

On this day in 1945, Americans drop an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The bombing came not too long after Japan had rejected a final opportunity to surrender. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Wednesday, August 7

On this day in 1982, a baseball player saves the life of a four-year-old boy. Boston Red Sox left fielder Jim Rice had been in the midst of a nationally televised baseball game when he saw trouble befall young Jonathan Keane. Rice immediately rushed out of the dugout and into the stands. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram 

Thursday, August 8

On this day in 1943, surviving crew members of PT-109 are finally rescued. That small boat had been under the command of Lt. (j.g.) John F. Kennedy when it was rammed by a Japanese destroyer. Kennedy would come home a war hero, but the incident has not been without controversy. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Friday, August 9

On this day in 1945, Americans drop an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Nagasaki. It had been only three days since the bombing of Hiroshima. Did you know that Nagasaki was not the original target? The intended target was an arsenal near the city of Kokura. In a twist of fate, American plans were changed by something as simple as the weather. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram 

Saturday, August 10

On (maybe) this day in 1831, a sea captain from Massachusetts names his American flag “Old Glory.” The name that Captain William Driver gave to his flag stuck. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

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Sunday, August 11

On this day in 1944, Japanese Lt. General Hideyoshi Obata commits ritual suicide. The Battle of Guam was over. The island was finally back in American hands. The Japanese had been occupying Guam for nearly three years. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram