This Day in History: Andrew Johnson’s impeachment trial ends in acquittal

On this day in 1868, President Andrew Johnson’s impeachment trial comes to a close. Thirty-five Senators had voted to convict him, still one vote shy of the 36 votes needed to remove him from office. That trial has since been labeled a “political circus” and “a contest for power.” Regardless, Johnson had survived the attempt […]

This Day in History: John Quincy Adams signs the Tariff of Abominations

On this day in 1828, John Quincy Adams signs legislation that would come to be known as the Tariff of Abominations. The law was one of the early dominoes that fell and eventually pushed our nation toward Civil War. The legislation came at the end of Adams’s single term in office. He’d been elected in […]

This Day in History: The Sultana, a Titanic-sized disaster, barely noticed

On this day in 1865, the SS Sultana explodes as it steams north up the Mississippi River. The loss was the biggest maritime disaster in U.S. history, yet the event received relatively little news coverage at the time. Instead, the story got lost amid news of Robert E. Lee’s surrender, President Lincoln’s assassination, and John […]

This Day in History: The assassination of Abraham Lincoln

On this day in 1865, Abraham Lincoln passes away. He had been shot by an assassin the day before. The President had decided to spend his Good Friday evening at a comedy at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. It had been only 5 days since General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant, […]

This Day in History: Fort Sumter and the first shots of the Civil War

  On this day in 1861, the first shot of the Civil War is fired. Was this moment inevitable? Not everyone thought so. Tensions had long existed between North and South, of course, but Abraham Lincoln’s election in 1860 made things even worse. Southern states were irate! Seven seceded and formed themselves into the Confederate […]