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 […]

This Day in History: Lou Hoover, a nearly forgotten First Lady

On this day in 1874, a future First Lady is born. This gifted woman has been overshadowed a bit by her successor, Eleanor Roosevelt. What a pity. You have to wonder if there was anything the talented Lou Hoover couldn’t do!  Lou would become the first woman to earn a degree in geology from Stanford […]

This Day in History: The 1966 NASA T-38 crash

On this day in 1966, two astronauts are tragically killed as they travel from Houston to St. Louis. Elliot See and Charles Bassett were scheduled for two weeks of simulator training at a McDonnell Aircraft facility. They were the prime crew assigned to Gemini 9, slated to launch later that spring. See and Bassett weren’t […]