This Day in History: The nearly forgotten story of Apollo 12

On this day in 1929, a future astronaut is born. Richard “Dick” Gordon, Jr. was aboard Apollo 12 when that spacecraft was struck by lightning. Did you know that one Apollo mission nearly ended in disaster because of a lightning strike? Apollo 12 tends to get lost in the shadows of the more famous Apollos […]

This Day in History: Joseph Kittinger, the Man Who Fell From Space

On this day in 1984, retired Air Force Colonel Joseph Kittinger completes a solo balloon flight across the Atlantic Ocean. The trip was the first of its kind, but it wasn’t even Kittinger’s most challenging feat. Do you know about Kittinger’s stratospheric jump from more than 100,000 feet in the air? The 1960 feat earned […]

This Day in History: Senator John F. Kennedy weds Jacqueline Lee Bouvier

On this day in 1953, then-Senator John F. Kennedy weds Jacqueline Lee Bouvier. The newlyweds had so many wedding guests that it took them more than two hours to shake hands with everyone in their reception line! One guest later remarked that the event was “just like the coronation.” The nation was fascinated by the […]

This Day in History: Gerald Ford pardons Richard Nixon

On this day in 1974, President Gerald Ford grants a “full, free, and absolute pardon” to former President Richard Nixon, who then faced possible criminal charges related to the Watergate scandal. Ford had been in office for only a month. Americans were irate! Shouldn’t Nixon be put on trial, just as any normal citizen would? […]

This Day in History: The origins of the Flag Code

On or around this day in 1942, the United States Congress considers amendments to the United States Flag Code. Did you know that the first Flag Code wasn’t written until 1923? Or do you know why it provides for us to stand and put our hands over our hearts? Or how the tradition of flying […]