This Day in History: Virginia takes a stand against Great Britain

On this day in 1774, the Virginia House of Burgesses takes a stand against Great Britain. The colonists were fed up! The British Parliament had been trying to squash colonial resistance in the wake of the Boston Tea Party, but now these Virginians were ready to push back. George Washington was among these Burgesses, as […]

This Day in History: John Jay’s forgotten contributions to America’s founding

On this day in 1829, John Jay passes away. His name is unfamiliar to most modern Americans, but Jay played a critical role in the founding of our country. One little-known contribution was made in 1782, about ten months after the British surrender at Yorktown. John Jay and Benjamin Franklin were both then in Paris, […]

This Day in History: Benedict Arnold & the first USS Enterprise

On this day in 1775, Benedict Arnold sets his sights on Fort St. John’s, near the Canadian border. He would soon launch an attack on the garrison. Better yet, he would seize the largest British warship on Lake Champlain—all without firing a single shot! That ship would become the first of many American ships to […]

This Day in History: A Signer of the Declaration forced to flee

On this day in 1779, a signer of the Declaration of Independence passes away. He’d risked everything for the Patriot cause, yet he did not even live to see the end of the war. In many ways, John Hart’s story is rather simple. There was no flashy moment of heroism during a critical battle, nor […]