This Day in History: Apollo 10 nearly ends in disaster

On this day in 1969, Apollo 10 is launched. It was the last mission before Apollo 11 famously landed on the moon, but did you know that it nearly ended in tragedy? A lunar module carrying two astronauts spun out of control and was barely recovered. Astronauts Gene Cernan and Tom Stafford were aboard the lunar […]

This Day in History: Staff Sergeant Reckless, the horse who was a U.S. Marine

On this day in 1968, Staff Sergeant Reckless passes away. This particular United States Marine was a horse. Yes, you read that right. The horse was so valuable to (and loved by) the Marines that she was promoted all the way up to Staff Sergeant. Indeed, she was so well respected that her last promotion […]

This Day in History: The 17th Amendment is ratified

On this day in 1913, the 17th Amendment is ratified. For the first time in American history, voters would be able to directly elect their United States Senators. The decision seems like a no-brainer. Shouldn’t the people get to elect their own Senators? Well, maybe not. The debate surrounding the 17th Amendment is eerily similar to […]

This Day in History: The first (and last) celebrations of Army Day

On this day in 1949, Americans mark the last national observance of Army Day. Did you know that we used to celebrate Army Day on April 6 of each year? April 6 is the anniversary of the day that we entered World War I. How many opportunities we took to reinforce patriotism in those days. […]

This Day in History: Ronald Reagan survives an attempt on his life

On this day in 1981, Ronald Reagan is shot by a would-be assassin. The President was then leaving an event at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. Fortunately, Reagan’s Secret Service detail moved fast! One agent, Jerry Parr, pushed Reagan down and into a limousine. In the meantime, another agent, Tim McCarthy, threw himself […]