This Day in History: The story behind the Hoover Dam

On this day in 1930, the Secretary of the Interior issues an order: Construction on the Boulder Dam should commence immediately! The dam, of course, would soon be known as Hoover Dam instead. The project had been a long time coming. Twenty-five years earlier, the Colorado River had flooded. There was so much water that […]

This Day in History: American naval hero John Paul Jones is born

On this day in 1747, a future American hero is born in Scotland. Today, John Paul Jones is known as one of the founders of the American Navy. Back then, he was simply John Paul, a young boy who would be introduced to a life at sea when he was only 13 years old. He […]

This Day in History: The tragic death of Calvin Coolidge’s son

On this day in 1924, President Calvin and First Lady Grace Coolidge tend to their son at Walter Reed Army hospital. Their teenaged son was deathly ill and not expected to survive. The 16-year-old boy had been playing tennis on the White House lawn just a few days earlier when he got a seemingly harmless […]

This Day in History: Amelia Earhart’s final flight ends in mystery

On this day in 1937, Amelia Earhart departs from Lae, New Guinea in a twin-engine airplane. She and her navigator, Fred Noonan, would never be seen again. By that point in her career, Earhart was a renowned and much-loved aviator. But she hadn’t always been. Her first hint that she would love flying came when […]