This Week in History: V-J Day, Washington’s escape, and “I have a dream!”

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 26

Medal of Honor Monday! During this week in 1946, a future Medal of Honor recipient is born. Charles “Chuck” Hagemeister was a Nebraska native who perhaps hadn’t intended to enter the Army in the first place. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Tuesday, August 27

During this week in 1765, the Sons of Liberty destroy Massachusetts Lt. Governor Thomas Hutchinson’s home. The move came mere months after the British Parliament passed the much-detested Stamp Act. Let’s just say that the colonists were still pretty furious about the move to tax them. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Wednesday, August 28

On this day in 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. famously delivers his “I have a dream” speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. But did you know that he improvised the most famous portion of the speech, on the spot? FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Thursday, August 29

On this day in 1776, George Washington and his troops make a miraculous escape across the East River and into Manhattan. The British failed to notice until it was too late. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Friday, August 30

On this day in 1862, Confederate forces win the Second Battle of Bull Run. The two-day battle would prove to be one of the bloodier battles of the Civil War. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Saturday, August 31

On this day in 1943, the USS Harmon is commissioned. It was the first U.S. Navy warship to be named after a black American. The destroyer was named after Leonard Roy Harmon, a sailor who gave his life during World War II. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

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Sunday, September 1

During this week in 1945, a formal surrender ceremony is held aboard the USS Missouri. Tomorrow is the anniversary of V-J Day! On this day, World War II effectively came to an end. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram