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 […]

This Day in History: An American sailor, captured by a German submarine

On this day in 1918, a Navy lieutenant is held as a German prisoner. Edouard Victor Michel Izac had been captured just a few days earlier, when an American troop transport was torpedoed by the German submarine U-90. After launching its torpedoes, the German submarine circled back around to confront the crew of USS President […]

This Day in History: USS Jacob Jones is torpedoed by a German submarine

On this day in 1917, the destroyer USS Jacob Jones is torpedoed as she travels near the Isles of Scilly. Jacob Jones would prove to be the first American destroyer lost to an enemy submarine during World War I. Jacob Jones left for Europe almost as soon as the United States declared war on Germany […]