This Day in History: Prohibition comes to an end

On this day in 1933, Utah becomes the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment, thus bringing an end to Prohibition. YES! Bad ideas can be repealed! Which law(s) have been the worst congressional mistakes in recent memory, in your opinion? If Prohibition can be repealed, then they can be, too. Prohibition began with ratification […]

This Day in History: Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus

On this day in 1955, Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Fortunately, the unjust segregation laws that she was protesting would soon come to an end through peaceful acts of civil disobedience (such as her own), combined with non-violent protests led by men such […]

This Day in History: The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

On this day in 1921, an unidentified soldier from World War I was interred in a Tomb—the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. President Warren Harding spoke at the ceremony. He opened with these words: “We are met today to pay the impersonal tribute. The name of him whose body lies before us took flight with […]

This Day in History: Calvin Coolidge is elected President of the United States

On this day in 1924, Calvin Coolidge is elected President of the United States. He’d won 35 states and 382 electoral votes in the Electoral College, compared to 12 states for the Democratic candidate and a single state for a third-party candidate. The result was unsurprising. Americans loved Coolidge! Coolidge was then serving out the […]

This Day in History: Howard Hughes’s “Spruce Goose” flies

On this day in 1947, the “Spruce Goose” flies for the first and only time. With a wingspan of 320 feet, it remains the largest airplane to ever take to the sky. Did you know that the largest plane ever flown was designed by Howard Hughes? And that it flew decades ago, in 1947? The […]