This Day in History: Jefferson Davis passes away

On this day in 1889, Jefferson Davis passes away. He is best known as the former President of the Confederate States of America. How ironic, given Davis’s feelings about the Civil War. He didn’t really want to secede from the Union in the first place, and he would have preferred not to serve as President […]

This Day in History: Railroad companies create the first time zones

On this day in 1883, railroad companies create the first time zones. Yes, you heard that right. Private individuals saw a problem and solved it without involving the federal government. What a wonderfully American “do it yourself” mindset! Such determination and perseverance is what made our country great. Before time zones, Americans generally relied upon […]

This Day in History: Congress, the U.S. Capitol — and a tornado!?

On this day in 1800, Congress meets for the first time in the U.S. Capitol.  Congressmen wouldn’t get to stay for too long. Did you know that Washington, D.C. was nearly destroyed by a tornado in 1814? Or, alternatively, you could argue that the tornado saved the city. But for the tornado, the British might have […]

This Day in History: Abraham Lincoln elected President of the United States

On this day in 1860, Abraham Lincoln is elected President of the United States. Such an achievement must have seemed impossible during his early childhood years. Lincoln was born in a tiny log cabin in Kentucky. When Abe was 7 years old, his family moved to Indiana, where they squatted on a plot of land […]

This Day in History: The Erie Canal, built without federal aid

On this day in 1825, the Erie Canal opens. Did you know that the project was not funded by the federal government? It could have been but for one thing: the Father of the Constitution, James Madison, was President at a critical moment. He vetoed a funding bill because of concerns about its constitutionality. Yes, […]