This Day in History: Daniel Boone explores the territory in “Kentucke”

On this day in 1769, Daniel Boone gets his first good look at the territory in Kentucky—or “Kentucke,” as it was sometimes called. The Kentucky Historical Society still holds annual celebrations of Boone Day! Boone had long been curious about “Kentucke,” and he jumped at the chance to explore the area with five other hunter-explorers […]

This Day in History: “If this be treason, make the most of it!”

On this day in 1765, Patrick Henry gives a rousing speech to the Virginia House of Burgesses. You may know Henry for his “give me liberty or give me death” speech in 1775, but this one came earlier—and it shook Virginians in pre-Revolutionary War America to their core. It just happened to be Henry’s 29th […]

This Day in History: North Carolinians rebel, years before the American Revolution

On this day in 1771, the Battle of Alamance is fought. The battle occurred nearly four years before the “shot heard ‘round the world” at Lexington and Concord. Perhaps an early precursor to the American Revolution? Discontent had been stirring in North Carolina since at least the mid-1760s. Backcountry farmers felt abused—both by colonial and […]

This Day in History: “As for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

On this day in 1775, Patrick Henry gives a stirring speech. You’ve almost certainly heard of this one! Henry closed the speech with the unforgettable words: “I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” At the time, Henry was a delegate to the Second […]

This Day in History: Crispus Attucks, first casualty of the American Revolution

On this day in 1770, a casualty of the Boston Massacre lies in state at Faneuil Hall. Crispus Attucks had been the first to fall during that chaotic event mere days earlier. Some even argue that Attucks was the first casualty of the American Revolution. “He is one of the most important figures in African-American […]