This Day in History: The first US Navy warship named after a black American

On this day in 1943, the USS Harmon is commissioned. It was the first U.S. Navy warship to be named after a black American! The destroyer was named after Leonard Roy Harmon, a sailor who gave his life during World War II. Harmon was a native Texan who enlisted with the United States Navy and served […]

This Day in History: The Freckleton Air Disaster

On this day in 1944, the Freckleton Air Disaster occurs. It has been called the “single greatest civilian air disaster suffered by the Allies in World War II.” Sixty-one people were killed, including thirty-eight children. And it all happened because a sudden thunderstorm took the United States Army Air Forces off guard. At this point […]

This Day in History: The end of the Battle of Guam

On this day in 1944, Japanese Lt. General Hideyoshi Obata commits ritual suicide. The Battle of Guam was over. The island was finally back in American hands! The Japanese had been occupying Guam for nearly three years. They’d first taken possession of the island in December 1941. Mere hours after the unexpected attack on Pearl […]

This Day in History: The Bombing of Nagasaki

On this day in 1945, Americans drop an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Nagasaki. It had been only three days since the bombing of Hiroshima. Did you know that Nagasaki was not the original target? The intended target was an arsenal near the city of Kokura.   In a twist of fate, American plans […]

This Day in History: The bombing of Hiroshima

On this day in 1945, Americans drop an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The bombing came not too long after Japan had rejected a final opportunity to surrender. The so-called Potsdam Declaration was issued through a combined statement of the United States, Great Britain, and China. “The time has come,” these Allies […]