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 […]

This Day in History: Survivors of USS Indianapolis rescued from the ocean

On this day in 1945, the last survivors of the USS Indianapolis are pulled from the Pacific Ocean. They’d been there since a Japanese submarine had torpedoed and sunk Indianapolis on July 30. They had just finished delivering parts for the Little Boy atomic bomb to American bombers! Now, because of communication gaffes, their ship […]