This Day in History: President George Washington is inaugurated

On this day in 1789, George Washington is inaugurated as the first President of the United States. The inauguration occurred in New York: There was no such thing as Washington, D.C. back then. Thus, on the morning of April 30, citizens in New York awoke to a salute of thirteen guns and the peal of […]

This Day in History: The British hire Hessians to fight American colonists

On this day in 1776, Lord George Germain informs British General William Howe that Hessian troops are on their way to America. What are Hessians? Why would they be headed to American shores? And why would that have been considered a thumb in the eye to the colonists? The answer may not be what you expect. When […]

This Day in History: The hunt for John Wilkes Booth

On this day in 1865, John Wilkes Booth is shot and killed on a farm in Virginia. Did you ever wonder what happened to him in the days after he’d assassinated Abraham Lincoln? Booth’s infamous attack on Lincoln occurred as the President watched a comedy at Ford’s Theatre on Good Friday. Partway through the show, […]

This Day in History: Thornton’s Affair sparks the Mexican-American War

On this day in 1846, Mexican and American forces clash in a disputed area close to the Rio Grande. The so-called Thornton Affair would finally push the United States into war with Mexico. “Hostilities may be considered to have commenced,” then-Brigadier General Zachary Taylor wrote President Polk. “American blood has been spilled.” Tension had been […]