This Day in History: The Potsdam Declaration and the end of World War II

On this day in 1945, the United States, Great Britain, and China issue the Potsdam Declaration. The statement put the Japanese government on notice: The Allies were demanding unconditional surrender. “The time has come,” the Allies declared, “for Japan to decide whether she will continue to be controlled by those self-willed militaristic advisers whose unintelligent […]

This Day in History: The world’s first atomic bomb is detonated

On this day in 1945, the world’s first atomic bomb is detonated in New Mexico. The top-secret Manhattan Project had succeeded! Researchers had been working for decades to understand the nature of the atom. But that research took a new tone in the late 1930s, when radiochemists in Nazi Germany made a startling discovery: The […]

This Day in History: The Medals of Honor earned on D-Day

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. Did you know that four soldiers earned Medals of Honor […]

This Day in History: Richard Antrim outwits his Japanese captors

On or around this day in 1942, a Navy lieutenant intervenes to keep a Japanese guard from beating an American prisoner of war to death! Richard Antrim would also outwit his Japanese captors, helping Allied forces to know exactly where POWs were being held. The former action would earn Antrim a Medal of Honor. The […]

This Day in History: Hershel “Woody” Williams, a hero at Iwo Jima

On this day in 1945, a future Medal of Honor recipient lands on the beach at Iwo Jima. Just two short days later, Hershel “Woody” Williams would be asked to risk everything in an effort to take down several fortified enemy positions. Perhaps Williams was an unlikely hero. He’d tried to join the Marines early […]