This Day in History: Calvin Coolidge declines to run for re-election

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 makes history

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, in a remarkably […]

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. His action came just two years after he signed a law adding “Under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance. As he signed the 1954 law, he explained the importance of such actions: “[W]e are reaffirming […]

This Day in History: Roosevelt & Bonaparte conspire to create the FBI

On this day in 1908, the Attorney General of the United States hires a “corps of special agents.” This force would eventually become the foundation for the institution that we know as the FBI. Believe it or not, you can give partial credit to Napoleon Bonaparte’s great-nephew for starting the FBI. Yes, really! Charles Bonaparte […]

This Day in History: Ronald Reagan signs a law creating the National Day of Prayer

On this day in 1988, President Ronald Reagan signs a law designating the first Thursday in May as the National Day of Prayer. Of course, Reagan had already issued a proclamation for a day of prayer that year. In classic Reagan style, his proclamation included a story! “Americans in every generation have turned to their […]