This Day in History: The Last Battle of the American Revolution — in Kentucky?!

On this day in 1782, the Battle of Blue Licks is fought. The conflict occurred exactly 10 months after Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington at Yorktown, and it has been called the “Last Battle of the American Revolution.” Unfortunately, the battle went very badly for American forces. Good thing we’d already won the war?!  Just a […]

This Day in History: Survivors of USS Indianapolis rescued

On this day in 1945, the last survivors of the USS Indianapolis are pulled from the Pacific Ocean. They’d been there since a Japanese submarine had torpedoed and sunk Indianapolis on July 30. They had just finished delivering parts for the Little Boy atomic bomb to American bombers! Now, because of communication gaffes, their ship […]

This Day in History: The three-day Battle of Gettysburg

On this day in 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg begins. Our nation should have been celebrating its 87th birthday that week! Instead, we were engaged in a brutal, 3-day battle that would end with as many as 51,000 dead or wounded. At the time, Confederate General Robert E. Lee was fresh off a victory at […]

This Day in History: Would Taft have been elected President without his wife?

On this day in 1886, future President William Taft marries Helen (“Nellie”) Herron. Taft might never have been President but for his choice of a spouse. Nellie was the daughter of an attorney who just happened to be friends with two future U.S. Presidents. As a teenager, Nellie was thus afforded a unique opportunity to […]

This Day in History: USS President Lincoln is attacked by the Germans

On this day in 1918, a German submarine launches an attack on USS President Lincoln. The American troop transport ship was then on her way home, carrying 700 people back to the States. Some of her passengers were sick soldiers, including two who were almost completely paralyzed. USS President Lincoln would not survive the attack, […]