This Day in History: The assassination of Abraham Lincoln

On this day in 1865, Abraham Lincoln passes away. He had been shot by an assassin the day before. The President had decided to spend his Good Friday evening at a comedy at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. It had been only 5 days since General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant, […]

This Day in History: The Star-Spangled Banner is redesigned

On this day in 1818, President James Monroe signs an act that redesigns the U.S. flag. That act established our current rule: The flag always has 13 stripes. The number of stars matches the number of states. If an update is needed, we do it on the first July 4 after a state is admitted […]

This Day in History: A tragic end for one of America’s early war heroes

On this day in 1820, a funeral is held for U.S. Navy Commodore Stephen Decatur. He was the nation’s greatest naval hero since John Paul Jones! Unfortunately, he’d been mortally wounded in a duel mere days before. There was a lot of bad blood between the well-respected Decatur and a much-less respected man by the […]

This Day in History: The legend (and the truth) behind Johnny Appleseed

On or around this day in 1845, Johnny Appleseed passes away in Indiana. Of course, that wasn’t his real name! Johnny Appleseed’s real name was John Chapman. Chapman was born in the years immediately before the American Revolution. We know that his father served at the Battle of Bunker Hill, but many details of his […]

This Day in History: Susan B. Anthony testifies before Congress

On this day in 1884, Susan B. Anthony testifies before a House committee. She asks Congress to give women the right to vote. It was the 16th year in a row that she had appeared before Congress and asked for such a right! She would eventually testify before every Congress from 1869 to 1906. Did […]