This Day in History: “No taxation without representation!”

On this day in 1765, the Stamp Act goes into effect. That Act was one of the first controversial taxation measures to create a rift between Great Britain and her American colonies in the years before the American Revolution. You’ve heard the battle cry born during those days: “No taxation without representation!” The Stamp Act […]

This Day in History: King George III rejects the Olive Branch Petition

On this day in 1775, an Olive Branch petition from the American colonies arrives in London. It would be formally presented to the King on September 1. The Olive Branch Petition had been adopted by the Continental Congress mere weeks earlier, on July 5, 1775. Does the date sound familiar? It’s very close to another […]

This Day in History: The only time George Washington surrendered

On this day in 1754, a young Colonel George Washington surrenders his “Fort Necessity” to the French. It was the only time he ever surrendered. At this point in time, ownership and control of the Ohio Country were hotly contested. Washington had been dispatched to the area with orders to “make Prisoners of or kill […]

This Day in History: Martha Washington: Famous, but “completely unknown”

On this day in 1731, future First Lady Martha Washington is born. History has relegated Martha to a simple label: George’s wife. What a shame! Martha was a vivacious, bright, capable woman with her own story to tell. “She is both famous as the first First Lady and completely unknown,” her biographer Patricia Brady concludes. […]

Happy Thanksgiving! The Pilgrims’ 3-day feast

On or around this day in 1621, the Pilgrims enjoy a three-day feast! They are grateful for their harvest after a long, hard first year in the New World. You already know that the Pilgrims fled England because they feared religious persecution. Their voyage on the Mayflower began in September 1620—and it was a rough […]