This Day in History: Mary Babnik Brown’s unusual WWII contribution

On this day in 1991, an American heroine passes away. Why, exactly, was Mary Babnik Brown a hero? The details are uncertain, but one basic fact is undisputed: Mary got a haircut—and it helped the war effort. Was Mary’s hair used to create crosshairs for Norden bombsights? Or was it simply used for meteorological instruments? […]

This Day in History: Second Lt. Vernon Baker survives a German grenade

On this day in 1945, a U.S. soldier engages in an action that would earn him the Medal of Honor. Second Lt. Vernon Baker was lucky to survive the experience! In fact, he probably wouldn’t have survived but for the fact that one of the German grenades thrown his way turned out to be a […]

This Day in History: An unprecedented air raid on Tokyo

On this day in 1945, the United States Army Air Forces launches an unprecedented air raid on Tokyo, Japan. To date, it remains the single deadliest bombing raid in history—worse even than the bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki later that year. Unfortunately, the Japanese government still refused to surrender. The U.S. 20th Air Force faced […]

This Day in History: Olivia J. Hooker, Coast Guard heroine

On this day in 1915, an American heroine is born. Olivia J. Hooker would become the first black woman to serve in the United States Coast Guard. She sure survived a lot to get to that point. Trouble started early, during the Tulsa race riots of 1921. Olivia was then just a 6-year-old girl, living […]