This Day in History: Allied troops land on the beaches of Normandy

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. It was the largest amphibious invasion in history. It was […]

This Day in History: Senator Robert F. Kennedy is shot by an assassin

On this day in 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy is shot by an assassin. His death would strike the nation hard: Bobby’s older brother, President John F. Kennedy, had also been assassinated just a few years earlier. What must it do to a family to suffer two such murders in the space of less than […]

This Day in History: Martha Washington: Famous, but “completely unknown”

On this day in 1731, future First Lady Martha Washington is born. History has relegated Martha to a simple label: George’s wife. What a shame! Martha was a vivacious, bright, capable woman with her own story to tell. “She is both famous as the first First Lady and completely unknown,” her biographer Patricia Brady concludes. […]