This Day in History: Lance Corporal William Prom & his Medal of Honor

On this day in 1969, a United States Marine is ambushed—but goes down fighting! Lance Corporal William R. Prom would be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for the bravery that cost him his life that day. Prom may have been a hero, but he was also just an American boy who dreamed of being […]

This Day in History: NASA and the first untethered spacewalk

During this week in 1984, a NASA astronaut makes the first untethered spacewalk. No one had ever done such a thing before! Usually, a long cable keeps astronauts safely bound to their spacecraft. But now Captain Bruce McCandless II would leave the Space Shuttle Challenger and float freely in space, relying only on a propulsion […]

This Day in History: A long overdue reunion between Vietnam War pilots

On this day in 2011, two American pilots find each other. Decades earlier, Wayne Hague had saved Ron Catton from certain capture—maybe even death—in Vietnam. Nevertheless, the two had never met, and they didn’t know each other’s names. “All this time, it’s been, ‘Gee, I wish I knew who it was [who saved me],’” Catton […]