This Day in History: “Mad Anthony” Wayne, the British, & the Paoli Massacre

On this day in 1777, the British launch an attack that would be known as the Paoli Massacre. Some considered the action to be cold-blooded murder, not war. These events occurred as George Washington was trying to protect Philadelphia from the British. The American army had narrowly avoided disaster at the Battle of the Clouds, […]

This Day in History: Nathan Gordon & his “brilliant” air-sea rescue

On this day in 1916, a hero is born. Nathan Gordon is known to some as the longest-serving Lt. Governor in Arkansas history. Before that, he was a pilot who made a daring air-sea rescue during World War II. But for Gordon, fifteen American airmen would have lost their lives in the churning waters of […]

This Day in History: The Sons of Liberty retaliate in Massachusetts

On this day in 1765, the Sons of Liberty destroy Massachusetts Lt. Governor Thomas Hutchinson’s home. It had been mere months since the British Parliament had passed the Stamp Act, which placed much-detested taxes on the American colonies. Let’s just say that the colonists were still pretty furious! John Adams wrote of the depth of […]

This Day in History: The Heroines of Bryan’s Station

On this day in 1782, the Siege of Bryan’s Station begins. Once again, a group of American women showed incredible bravery—and their actions saved the day! George Washington’s victory at Yorktown had occurred nearly 10 months earlier. Unfortunately, some fighting still continued on the frontier, including skirmishes in Kentucky (then a territory of Virginia). The […]