This Day in History: Unintended consequences of the 17th Amendment

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? Unfortunately, the amendment had many unintended consequences. Originally, the Constitution provided that […]

This Day in History: Gerald Ford approves “Operation Babylift”

On this day in 1975, Gerald Ford approves “Operation Babylift.” Speed was of the essence! Rescue workers had been tasked with evacuating babies and toddlers from South Vietnam. Many of these babies had been fathered by American soldiers, and they would be in danger if Saigon fell and they were left behind. Others were orphans […]

This Day in History: Jesse Owens, the Olympics, & Adolf Hitler (part two)

On this day in 1980, the country mourns the loss of Jesse Owens. He is perhaps best remembered for his stunning performance at the 1936 Olympics in Adolf Hitler’s Germany. Owens was a star of the Ohio State track team. He’d trained hard, traveled with his team, and broken several world records. But the media […]

This Day in History: Jesse Owens, the Olympics, & Adolf Hitler (part one)

On this day in 1980, Jesse Owens passes away. Owens is perhaps best known for his stunning performance at the 1936 Olympics, which were played in Nazi Germany just before World War II. “Mr. Owens, who was black, scored a triumph that would come to be regarded as not only athletic but also political,” his […]