This Day in History: The probable inspiration for Uncle Sam

On this day in 1854, the man who was the probable inspiration for Uncle Sam passes away during a cholera epidemic. Did you know that there was likely a real person behind the Uncle Sam character that you are used to seeing? Samuel Wilson was born on September 13, 1766, in Massachusetts.   Legend has it […]

This Day in History: The origins of Memorial Day, shrouded in mystery

During this week in 1971, Memorial Day is observed on a new date. If you don’t know much about the history of this weekend’s holiday, then you are not alone. To some degree, its origins remain shrouded in mystery. It all began with the Civil War—the deadliest conflict in American history. More than 600,000 soldiers […]

This Day in History: Andrew Johnson’s impeachment trial ends in acquittal

On this day in 1868, President Andrew Johnson’s impeachment trial comes to a close. Thirty-five Senators had voted to convict him, still one vote shy of the 36 votes needed to remove him from office. That trial has since been labeled a “political circus” and “a contest for power.” Regardless, Johnson had survived the attempt […]

This Day in History: The Kentucky Derby, a “grand slice of Americana”

On this day in 1875, the first Kentucky Derby is run. The Derby has been described as a “grand slice of Americana”! No wonder? Early foundations for the race can be found as early as 1783, nearly a decade before Kentucky entered the Union. That was the year that city officials had to address horse […]