This Day in History: “In God We Trust” becomes the national motto

On this day in 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a law making “In God We Trust” the national motto. Interesting timing for this anniversary, given the news coming out of South Dakota and Kentucky? “In God We Trust” became the national motto just two years after Eisenhower signed a law adding “Under God” to […]

This Day in History: Neil Armstrong steps onto 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 […]

This Day in History: Apollo 10 nearly ends in disaster

On this day in 1969, Apollo 10 is launched. It was the last mission before Apollo 11 famously landed on the moon, but did you know that it nearly ended in tragedy? A lunar module carrying two astronauts spun out of control and was barely recovered. Astronauts Gene Cernan and Tom Stafford were aboard the lunar […]

This Day in History: Staff Sergeant Reckless, the horse who was a U.S. Marine

On this day in 1968, Staff Sergeant Reckless passes away. This particular United States Marine was a horse. Yes, you read that right. The horse was so valuable to (and loved by) the Marines that she was promoted all the way up to Staff Sergeant. Indeed, she was so well respected that her last promotion […]

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 […]