This Day in History: Daniel Boone explores the territory in “Kentucke”

On this day in 1769, Daniel Boone gets his first good look at the territory in Kentucky—or “Kentucke,” as it was sometimes called. The Kentucky Historical Society still holds annual celebrations of Boone Day! Boone had long been curious about “Kentucke,” and he jumped at the chance to explore the area with five other hunter-explorers […]

This Day in History: John Trumbull, The “Patriot-Artist of the Revolution”

On this day in 1756, the so-called “Patriot-Artist of the Revolution” is born in Connecticut. You may know of John Trumbull’s many famous paintings, but did you also know that he was arrested as a prisoner of war during the American Revolution? John Trumbull was born to a prominent family in Connecticut. His father, Governor […]

This Day in History: The 75th Anniversary of D-Day

On this day in 1944, Allied troops land on the beaches of Normandy, France. Today is the 75th anniversary of D-Day! That effort was massive. More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft would eventually participate in the invasion—and more than 160,000 Allied soldiers would disembark on French shores. It was the largest amphibious invasion in […]

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! Did you know that four soldiers earned Medals of Honor that day? They came from a variety of backgrounds. One was a minor league baseball player. One was a salesman. One was the son of a […]