On this day in 1905, Wilbur Wright makes a record-setting airplane flight. His Flyer III would stay in the air for more than 38 minutes. The 24-mile flight was the longest one yet. Perhaps most importantly to Wilbur and his brother Orville, the flight proved their Flyer III to be a “practical” airplane—the first aircraft […]
On this day in 1975, Gerald Ford survives an assassination attempt. It was the second such attempt in less than a month! Oddly, both of the attempts were made by women: Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme and Sara Jane Moore. Fromme and Moore are the only two women in our history who have ever attempted to assassinate […]
On this day in 1974, President Gerald Ford grants a “full, free, and absolute pardon” to former President Richard Nixon, who then faced possible criminal charges related to the Watergate scandal. Ford had been in office for only a month. Americans were irate! Shouldn’t Nixon be put on trial, just as any normal citizen would? […]
On this day in 1916, a U.S. Navy armored cruiser is wrecked by a massive tidal wave. USS Memphis was effectively destroyed and dozens of her crew were lost. Three sailors would earn the Medal of Honor for their actions that day. One of the three Medals had to be awarded posthumously. Perhaps the tragedy […]
On this day in 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech! What do you think of this lesser-known (but equally important) part of that speech? A short history post today. Happy Sunday!