This Day in History: What if the U.S. never had paper money?

On this day in 1792, the Coinage Act creates the U.S. Mint and provides for the construction of a new building in Philadelphia. That building was the first federal building to be built under the new U.S. Constitution. In the wake of the American Revolution, the country faced persistent problems because of the monetary system […]

This Day in History: George Washington, patron of aviation pioneers?

On this day in 1793, the first successful balloon flight is made from American soil. Did you know that President George Washington was in the audience for the occasion? Washington had been interested in hot air balloons for years. “I have only news paper Accts of the Air Balloons,” he wrote a friend in 1784, […]

This Day in History: George Washington passes away

On this day in 1799, President George Washington passes away. He was living in retirement at Mount Vernon at the time. The importance of this latter fact cannot be emphasized enough! Remember: Washington could probably have been a King, if he’d really wanted to be. Yet, at the end of the day, all Washington ever […]

This Day in History: Pennsylvania’s stormy debate over the Constitution

On this day in 1787, Pennsylvania becomes the second state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. You might imagine a bunch of dull Founders tamely approving a document, but the discussion in Pennsylvania was anything but tame! Instead, Pennsylvania’s story includes an irate minority, legislators hauled through the streets, and rousing speeches to huge crowds. Let’s […]

This Day in History: The Founders, the First Amendment, & Religious Freedom

On this day in 1789, President George Washington issues his first Thanksgiving Proclamation. Congress had asked him to do so, and he wasted no time in complying with the request. It was something that he had done many times before as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army. The timing of the proclamation tells a story regarding […]