This Day in History: The Father of Flag Day is born

On this day in 1866, Bernard J. Cigrand was born. He is considered by many to be the Father of Flag Day! What would Cigrand think of modern-day refusals to salute the flag as our national anthem is sung? After all, those protests are pretty much the opposite of what he spent his entire life […]

This Day in History: Victoria Woodhull is born

On this day in 1838, Victoria California Claflin is born. If you’ve heard of her, then you probably know her as Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for President of the United States! She ran for President before she even had the right to vote for herself. Victoria came from a rough background. She […]

This Day in History: Fort McHenry and our National Anthem

On this day in 1814, the British begin bombarding Fort McHenry. Famously, a young lawyer named Francis Scott Key watched the battle from a nearby ship. The next morning, Key was relieved to see the American flag waving proudly above the fort. Americans had not surrendered! Key was inspired to write a poem that would […]

This Day in History: The inspiration for “America the Beautiful”

On this day in 1893, a professor stands atop Pikes Peak in Colorado. 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.” It nearly became America’s national anthem! The professor was Katharine […]

This Day in History: Jefferson and Adams renew their long-lost friendship

On this day in 1813, Abigail Adams sends a note to Thomas Jefferson. She had been upset and hadn’t communicated with him in years! Her husband, too, had only just begun writing to Jefferson after more than a decade of silence. It had taken Abigail longer to relent. “Abigail’s voice, as always,” historian Joseph Ellis […]