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 […]

This Day in History: The Hindenburg’s last trip ends in tragedy

On this day in 1937, the Hindenburg catches fire and crashes in New Jersey. Somewhat ironically, the airship was then celebrating the one year anniversary of its first transatlantic flight. The German airship was a marvel of its time. It could cross the Atlantic in less than 3 days—about twice as fast as the ocean […]

This Day in History: The Sinking of Lusitania pushes Americans towards war

On this day in 1915, RMS Lusitania leaves New York, bound for Liverpool. It should have been a routine Atlantic crossing. Instead, a German torpedo would soon plow into the ship, killing nearly 1,200 American, British, and Canadian passengers. A civilian vessel made into a target of war? Americans were outraged! The tragedy helped push […]