This Day in History: Americans raise a flag over Okinawa

On this day in 1945, Americans raise a flag over the Japanese island of Okinawa. The nearly three-month battle to capture the island was finally over. The Battle of Okinawa would prove to be one of the bloodiest in the Pacific during World War II. The war in the Pacific had been a grueling one. […]

This Day in History: A Japanese submarine attacks mainland America

On this day in 1942, a Japanese submarine launches an attack on a fort in Oregon. Wait. What? A fort in Oregon, far away from so many World War II battlefields? Yes, you read that correctly. The attack on Fort Stevens was one of a handful of times that the Japanese attacked the American mainland. […]

This Day in History: The origins of the Great Seal of the United States

On this day in 1782, the Confederation Congress adopts the Great Seal of the United States. The seal was nearly 6 years in the making! Congress had been working on it since July 4, 1776, not too long after the American Revolution began. You may think of July 4 as the day that the Continental […]

This Day in History: Bravery at the Battle of the Philippine Sea

On this day in 1944, the Battle of the Philippine Sea begins. Americans would win a decisive victory, leaving the Imperial Japanese Navy crippled and the U.S. Navy in command of the Pacific. One pilot became America’s leading Navy Ace during the battle. Then-Lt. Alex Vraciu shot down 6 Japanese planes in just 8 minutes! […]

This Day in History: Grace & Rachel Martin, unsung Revolutionary War heroines

At about this time in 1781, two South Carolina women take a huge risk for the Patriot cause. Yet the details of their escapade were nearly lost to history. Americans were then conducting two sieges in the South: Major General Nathanael Greene was at Ninety-Six, a fortified village near Cambridge. Meanwhile, General Andrew Pickens and […]