This Day in History: The 2000 presidential election finally comes to an end

On this day in 2000, Al Gore concedes the presidential election to George W. Bush. The nation had just survived more than a month of partisan bickering, recounts, and lawsuits. Who would win Florida’s 25 electors? The dispute had consumed the nation’s attention for 36 long days. Do you remember how crazy that month of […]

This Day in History: George Washington’s final wish for a military academy

On this day in 1799, George Washington writes one of the last letters that he would ever write. He couldn’t then know it, but he was mere hours away from coming down with a fatal illness. Among his final written words? A letter about military academies—a subject near and dear to his heart. If only […]

This Day in History: “A date which will live in infamy”

On this day in 1941, Franklin D. Roosevelt addresses the United States Congress. The Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor just one day earlier. “Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy,” he famously began, “the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of […]

This Day in History: The attack on Pearl Harbor

On this day in 1941, the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor. The results for the United States Navy were disastrous. Our Pacific Fleet took a serious blow—albeit not the mortal one that the Japanese hoped to inflict. “They caught us flat-footed,” one Navy admiral would later confess. The Japanese had been pretty worried. Would the United […]