This Day in History: USS Thresher tragically sinks during a deep dive test

On this day in 1963, the USS Thresher sinks off the coast of Cape Cod. Sadly, a rescue ship was floating helplessly above the wreckage, listening to the sounds of the submarine breaking up below. The tragedy shocked the naval community. Thresher was considered one of the premier submarines of its time. It was fast—and […]

This Day in History: Gary Littrell’s four demanding days in Vietnam

On this day in 1970, an Army Ranger concludes an action that would ultimately earn him the Medal of Honor. Would you believe that Sergeant First Class Gary Littrell fought, non-stop, for four days and nights? Nor was he the only one. Nearly 500 men went into that battle. Only 42 would emerge. Littrell and […]

This Day in History: Unintended consequences of the 17th Amendment

On this day in 1913, the 17th Amendment is ratified. For the first time in American history, voters would be able to directly elect their United States Senators. The decision seems like a no-brainer. Shouldn’t the people get to elect their own Senators? Unfortunately, the amendment had many unintended consequences. Originally, the Constitution provided that […]