This Day in History: Bravery at the Battle of the Philippine Sea

On this day in 1944, the Battle of the Philippine Sea begins. Americans would win a decisive victory, leaving the Imperial Japanese Navy crippled and the U.S. Navy in command of the Pacific. One pilot became America’s leading Navy Ace during the battle. Then-Lt. Alex Vraciu shot down 6 Japanese planes in just 8 minutes! […]

This Day in History: First Lt. John Robert Fox & his Medal of Honor

On this day in 1915, a hero is born. First Lt. John Robert Fox would go on to become one of only seven black men to receive the Medal of Honor for his actions during World War II. Unfortunately, those Medals were too slow in coming. They weren’t awarded until 1997, more than 50 years […]

This Day in History: The origins of the National Day of Prayer

On this day in 1988, President Ronald Reagan signs a law designating the first Thursday in May as the National Day of Prayer. Of course, Reagan had already issued a proclamation for a day of prayer that year. In classic Reagan style, his proclamation included a story. “Americans in every generation have turned to their […]

This Day in History: A Signer of the Declaration loses all he holds dear

On this day in 1713, a future signer of the Declaration of Independence is born. Francis Lewis is perhaps best known for his signature on a single document! Yet he would pay dearly for that simple signature. How odd is it that he sacrificed so much, yet most modern Americans have never heard his name? […]

This Day in History: George Washington’s second victory at Trenton

On this day in 1777, the “second battle of Trenton” occurs. Americans had won an astounding victory only one week earlier. Now, the British were back, trying to recover the ground they’d lost. Much had happened in one short week. On December 25, Washington’s men made a difficult trip across the Delaware River. On the […]