This Day in History: The Sinking of Lusitania pushes Americans towards war

On this day in 1915, RMS Lusitania leaves New York, bound for Liverpool. It should have been a routine Atlantic crossing. Instead, a German torpedo would soon plow into the ship, killing nearly 1,200 American, British, and Canadian passengers. A civilian vessel made into a target of war? Americans were outraged! The tragedy helped push […]

This Day in History: Sergeant Stubby, a stray dog turned war hero

On this day in 1926, Sergeant Stubby passes away. Stubby wasn’t just any sergeant—he was a dog! He served with the 102nd Infantry, 26th Yankee Division during World War I. Some even claim that he was the “most decorated dog” in that war. Stubby was more than just a pet who occasionally cheered soldiers up. […]

This Day in History: Glenn L. Martin, an early aviation hero, is born

On this day in 1886, Glenn L. Martin is born. He’s possibly the biggest aviation hero that you’ve never heard of. 🙂 He is the “Martin” in Lockheed Martin. He designed America’s first twin-engine bomber. William Boeing was one of his students! His first company merged with one of the Wright Brothers’ enterprises. All of […]

This Day in History: Eddie Rickenbacker is rescued from the Pacific

On this day in 1942, a Medal of Honor recipient is rescued. He’d spent more than 20 days floating on a life raft in the Pacific Ocean. Eddie Rickenbacker was known as “America’s Ace of Aces” for his service during World War I. The former race car driver had earned many commendations during that war, […]

This Day in History: Happy Flag Day!

Happy Flag Day! Did you know that today’s holiday would not exist but for the actions of a 19-year old schoolteacher from Wisconsin?   In other words, anyone, anywhere can make a difference. 🙂 In 1885, Bernard J. Cigrand was teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in Waubeka, Wisconsin. He’d devised a simple class exercise for his […]