This Day in History: Elvis Presley & the U.S. Army

On this day in 1977, Elvis Presley passes away. Much has been said and written about the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, of course, but do you know about his time in the U.S. Army? There are a few aspects of his service that might surprise you. Elvis registered with the Selective Service when he […]

This Day in History: SS Eastland capsizes in the Chicago River

On this day in 1915, the excursion boat SS Eastland capsizes in the Chicago River. More than 800 were killed. It was the worst maritime disaster on the Great Lakes—and one of America’s worst such incidents during peacetime. Twenty-two whole families were lost. Nearly 200 women, including three pregnant women, were widowed. In the end, more […]

This Day in History: Senator Robert F. Kennedy is shot by an assassin

On this day in 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy is shot by an assassin. His death would strike the nation hard: Bobby’s older brother, President John F. Kennedy, had also been assassinated just a few years earlier. What must it do to a family to suffer two such murders in the space of less than […]

This Day in History: The origins of Memorial Day, shrouded in mystery

During this week in 1971, Memorial Day is observed on a new date. If you don’t know much about the history of this weekend’s holiday, then you are not alone. To some degree, its origins remain shrouded in mystery. It all began with the Civil War—the deadliest conflict in American history. More than 600,000 soldiers […]

This Day in History: The Kentucky Derby, a “grand slice of Americana”

On this day in 1875, the first Kentucky Derby is run. The Derby has been described as a “grand slice of Americana”! No wonder? Early foundations for the race can be found as early as 1783, nearly a decade before Kentucky entered the Union. That was the year that city officials had to address horse […]