This Day in History: The Battle of the Philippine Sea & Navy Ace Alex Vraciu

On this day in 1944, Americans win a decisive victory at the Battle of the Philippine Sea. The Imperial Japanese Navy would be crippled, leaving the U.S. Navy in command of the Pacific for the rest of World War II. One pilot became America’s leading Navy Ace during the battle. Then-Lt. Alex Vraciu shot down […]

This Day in History: Nazi saboteurs invade the United States

On this day in 1942, four Nazi saboteurs invade mainland America. They’d traveled across the Atlantic aboard a German submarine, coming ashore near Amagansett, New York. Another submarine carrying four more Nazis would soon land in Florida. These eight men were on a mission: They were supposed to sabotage railroads, bridges, water facilities, and factories. […]

This Day in History: Allied troops land on the beaches of Normandy

On this day in 1944, Allied troops land on the beaches of Normandy, France. The D-Day invasion was underway! By day’s end, more than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft had taken part in the effort—and more than 160,000 Allied soldiers had disembarked on French shores. It was the largest amphibious invasion in history. It was […]