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 […]

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, […]