This Day in History: The origins of the Library of Congress

On this day in 1800, President John Adams approves an appropriation of $5,000 to bring to the Capitol “such books as may be necessary for the use of congress.” The appropriation created a library—the original Library of Congress! This library began with a collection ordered from London, consisting of 740 volumes and three maps. Nearly […]

This Day in History: Samuel Chase, the only Supreme Court Justice to be impeached

On this day in 1741, a future signer of the Declaration of Independence is born. He would later be appointed a Supreme Court Justice by none other than George Washington. Would you believe that a Washington appointee and a Declaration signer was later impeached?! Samuel Chase remains the first and only Supreme Court Justice to […]

This Day in History: President Andrew Jackson is censured

On this day in 1834, President Andrew Jackson is censured by the U.S. Senate. “[W]e should not be at all surprised,” one columnist scoffed at the time, “if he attempted to dissolve the present Congress—at least the Senatorial branch, which, by refusing to register all his imperial edicts, has become extremely offensive to His Majesty!” […]

This Day in History: The United States Military Academy at West Point is founded

During this week in 1802, the United States Military Academy at West Point is founded. The academy has trained some of America’s greatest military minds, including such notables as Douglas MacArthur, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and George S. Patton. Generals on both sides of the Civil War were trained at West Point as well. West Point […]

This Day in History: Abraham Lincoln escapes an assassination attempt

On this day in 1861, President-elect Abraham Lincoln attends church services at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. He’d just escaped a possible assassination attempt! The months between Lincoln’s election and his inauguration were dicey. Seven states seceded from the Union following Lincoln’s election as President, and Lincoln began to receive many death threats. […]