This Day in History: Calvin Coolidge is elected President of the United States

On this day in 1924, Calvin Coolidge is elected President of the United States. He’d won 35 states and 382 electoral votes in the Electoral College, compared to 12 states for the Democratic candidate and a single state for a third-party candidate. The result was unsurprising. Americans loved Coolidge! Coolidge was then serving out the […]

This Day in History: Howard Hughes’s “Spruce Goose” flies

On this day in 1947, the “Spruce Goose” flies for the first and only time. With a wingspan of 320 feet, it remains the largest airplane to ever take to the sky. Did you know that the largest plane ever flown was designed by Howard Hughes? And that it flew decades ago, in 1947? The […]

This Day in History: The nearly forgotten story of Apollo 12

On this day in 1929, a future astronaut is born. Richard “Dick” Gordon, Jr. was aboard Apollo 12 when that spacecraft was struck by lightning. Did you know that one Apollo mission nearly ended in disaster because of a lightning strike? Apollo 12 tends to get lost in the shadows of the more famous Apollos […]

This Day in History: Joseph Kittinger, the Man Who Fell From Space

On this day in 1984, retired Air Force Colonel Joseph Kittinger completes a solo balloon flight across the Atlantic Ocean. The trip was the first of its kind, but it wasn’t even Kittinger’s most challenging feat. Do you know about Kittinger’s stratospheric jump from more than 100,000 feet in the air? The 1960 feat earned […]

This Day in History: Senator John F. Kennedy weds Jacqueline Lee Bouvier

On this day in 1953, then-Senator John F. Kennedy weds Jacqueline Lee Bouvier. The newlyweds had so many wedding guests that it took them more than two hours to shake hands with everyone in their reception line! One guest later remarked that the event was “just like the coronation.” The nation was fascinated by the […]