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. […]

This Day in History: John Quincy Adams passes away

On this day in 1848, former President John Quincy Adams suffers a stroke while speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives. He passed away a few days later. One suspects that, if Adams could have chosen a way to leave this earth, he would have opted to go in exactly this fashion. Adams […]

This Day in History: Former Vice President Aaron Burr is arrested for treason

On this day in 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr is arrested for treason. Less than three years earlier, he had killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Perhaps the guy just couldn’t stay out of trouble?! At the time, many thought Burr was trying to conquer land in the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase, separating it […]