This Day in History: Abraham & Mary Lincoln lose their son

On this day in 1862, Abraham Lincoln’s son, Willie, passes away. He’d been gravely ill for weeks. It was the second time that Abraham and Mary Lincoln would lose a child. Unfortunately, only one of the Lincolns’ four sons would live past the age of 18. Willie was the Lincolns’ third son. Was he extra […]

This Day in History: The USS Maine explodes in Havana Harbor

On this day in 1898, the USS Maine explodes in Havana Harbor. To this day, no one knows exactly why the warship was destroyed. But at the time, Americans were pretty sure that Spain was to blame. You can imagine that didn’t go too well. Spain was then in a period of transition. It had […]

This Day in History: Washington’s Birthday (not President’s Day) established

On this day in 1879, Congress makes George Washington’s birthday a holiday. As far as the federal government is concerned, there is no such thing as a generic “President’s Day.” Congress specifically decided to celebrate “Washington’s Birthday” on this day so long ago, and it has never reversed the decision. So why do most of […]

This Day in History: The attempted assassination of President Andrew Jackson

On this day in 1835, a would-be assassin tries to shoot President Andrew Jackson. The assassination attempt stemmed from Jackson’s refusal to reauthorize a charter for the Second Bank of the United States. But perhaps not quite in the way that you would expect. On January 30, many elected officials were attending a funeral in […]