This Day in History: The Iran hostages finally come home

On this day in 1981, Ronald Reagan welcomes the Iran hostages home. Fifty-two hostages had been held in Iran for 444 long days. Problems with Iran, of course, had been decades in the making. The country’s former dictator, the Shah, had obtained power with the help of the United States and Great Britain. He was […]

This Day in History: Carole Lombard’s tragic WWII War Bonds tour

On this day in 1942, American film actress Carole Lombard is tragically killed in a plane crash as she returns from a WWII War Bonds tour. Her trip had been part of Hollywood’s early response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Lombard was between movies; her husband, Clark Gable, was chair of Hollywood’s newly […]

This Day in History: Future First Lady Grace Coolidge is born

On this day in 1879, a future First Lady of the United States is born. Grace Anna Goodhue Coolidge was an only child—and the apple of her parents’ eye. The “sun, moon, and stars, in the opinion of my parents, revolved about my infant head,” she would later joke. Her life was forever changed when […]

This Day in History: Prohibition comes to an end

On this day in 1933, Utah becomes the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment, thus bringing an end to Prohibition. YES! Bad ideas can be repealed! Which law(s) have been the worst congressional mistakes in recent memory, in your opinion? If Prohibition can be repealed, then they can be, too. Prohibition began with ratification […]

This Day in History: Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus

On this day in 1955, Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Fortunately, the unjust segregation laws that she was protesting would soon come to an end through peaceful acts of civil disobedience (such as her own), combined with non-violent protests led by men such […]