This Day in History: Teddy Roosevelt, childhood invalid turned Rough Rider

On this day in 1901, Teddy Roosevelt is sworn in as President of the United States. His predecessor, William McKinley, had just been assassinated. The country was in mourning for McKinley, obviously, but many Republicans were unhappy for another reason, too: They really didn’t want Roosevelt to be President! In fact, he’d been nominated for […]

This Day in History: President William McKinley is shot

On this day in 1901, President William McKinley is shot by a gunman. He would pass away eight days later. The McKinleys were then attending the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. The President had been invited to give a speech. He’d accepted the invitation and was eager to attend, although Mrs. McKinley was worried. […]

This Day in History: Apollo 11’s crew, released from quarantine

On this day in 1969, multiple parades are held in honor of the Apollo 11 astronauts. They’d just been released from quarantine. Many people remember Neil Armstrong’s historic first step on the moon. But how many remember the quarantine that followed? The entire crew was isolated for almost three weeks after they’d returned from that […]

This Day in History: Calvin Coolidge becomes President in the middle of the night

On this day in 1923, Calvin Coolidge took the presidential oath of office. It was about 2:30 in the morning, and the former Vice President was now the 30th President of the United States. What interesting timing. The popular Coolidge would famously decline to run for re-election exactly four years, to the day, after President […]

This Day in History: Neil Armstrong’s first step on the moon

On this day in 1969, Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the moon. Americans had won a “space race” to get there! We’d overcome the Soviet Union, which had been running ahead for much of that race. Soviets sent the first artificial satellite into orbit, then a dog, then a person.   Americans […]