This Day in History: The origins of “Old Glory”

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!       “Old Glory” is more than just a general nickname for our national banner. It is an actual flag, which can be found today at the Smithsonian Institution. […]

This Day in History: The story of “America the Beautiful”

On this day in 1893, a professor stands atop Pikes Peak. She is struck by the beauty around her and is inspired to write a poem. Her poem is later set to music. Today, we all know that song as “America the Beautiful.” The song nearly became America’s national anthem! And it all started because […]

This Day in History: Aaron Burr kills Alexander Hamilton in a duel

On this day in 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounds Alexander Hamilton in a duel. In a sad and ironic twist, Hamilton’s oldest son had been killed in a duel on the very same dueling grounds less than three years earlier. Burr and Hamilton clashed repeatedly over the years. Less than four years earlier, […]

This Day in History: John Marshall, the Liberty Bell & a life well lived

On this day in 1835, city bells toll as a funeral procession for Chief Justice John Marshall makes its way down Philadelphia streets. Some reports say that the Liberty Bell cracked on that day, although the story has never been proven. Marshall was one of the nation’s early Chief Justices, and his tenure established the […]

This Day in History: Happy Flag Day!

Happy Flag Day! Did you know that today’s holiday would not exist but for the actions of a 19-year old schoolteacher from Wisconsin?   In other words, anyone, anywhere can make a difference. 🙂 In 1885, Bernard J. Cigrand was teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in Waubeka, Wisconsin. He’d devised a simple class exercise for his […]