This Day in History: The origins of the Boy Scouts of America

On this day in 1912, Arthur Rose Eldred is notified that he will be the Boy Scouts of America’s first Eagle Scout. The Boy Scouts might never have existed in America, but for the fact that a Chicago publisher got lost in a London fog in 1909. William D. Boyce was looking for a particular […]

This Day in History: The first trans-Atlantic crossing in a balloon

On this day in 1978, three Americans land a helium gas balloon, Double Eagle II, in France. They’d just become the first to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a balloon. Did you know that it took nearly two centuries to accomplish this feat? The first balloon took to the skies in 1783. The world had […]

This Day in History: Baseball player Jim Rice’s heroism at Fenway Park

On this day in 1982, a baseball player saves the life of a four-year-old boy. Boston Red Sox left fielder Jim Rice had been in the midst of a nationally televised baseball game when he saw trouble befall young Jonathan Keane. Rice immediately rushed out of the dugout and into the stands. The Keane family […]

This Day in History: “I do not choose to run for president”

On this day in 1927, Calvin Coolidge declines to run for re-election as President. His statement to the press was simple: “I do not choose to run for president in 1928.” He didn’t actually speak these words. Instead, he had the statement printed on slips of paper. When journalists had finished assembling for the presidential […]

This Day in History: Apollo 15 & the Moon Buggy

On this day in 1971, Apollo 15 astronauts become the first to ride in a so-called moon buggy. Did you know that Apollo 15 carried the only NASA crew composed entirely of former U.S. Air Force pilots? It’s easy to forget what a big deal these Apollo missions were, but they accomplished John F. Kennedy’s […]