This Day In History 1775 U.S. Postal System Established

On July 26, 1775, the U.S. postal system is established by the Second Continental Congress, with Benjamin Franklin as its first postmaster general. Franklin (1706-1790) put in place the foundation for many aspects of today’s mail system. During early colonial times in the 1600s, few American colonists needed to send mail to each other; it was moreContinue reading “This Day In History 1775 U.S. Postal System Established”

FDR Nominated for Unprecedented Third Term!

On July 18, 1940, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who first took office in 1933 as America’s 32nd president, is nominated for an unprecedented third term. Roosevelt, a Democrat, would eventually be elected to a record four terms in office, the only U.S. president to serve more than two terms. Roosevelt was born January 30, 1882, in HydeContinue reading “FDR Nominated for Unprecedented Third Term!”

July 11, 1960 “To Kill A Mockingbird Published”

On July 11, 1960, the 34-year-old novelist Nelle Harper Lee publishes her first novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. By the mid-1950s, Lee had followed her dreams of a writing career to New York City, where her childhood friend Truman Capote had already won fame in literary circles. For Christmas in 1956, her good friends Michael and Joy BrownContinue reading “July 11, 1960 “To Kill A Mockingbird Published””

Aaron Burr slays Alexander Hamilton in Duel

On July 11, 1804, in one of the most famous duels in American history, Vice President Aaron Burr fatally shoots his long-time political antagonist Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton, a leading Federalist and the chief architect of America’s political economy, died the following day. Alexander Hamilton, born on the Caribbean island of Nevis, came to the American colonies in 1773 asContinue reading “Aaron Burr slays Alexander Hamilton in Duel”

7 Things You Might Not Know About the Hoover Dam

Get the facts on this engineering marvel, which was dedicated in September 1930. ELIZABETH NIX UPDATED:SEP 1, 2018ORIGINAL:SEP 14, 2015 1. The dam’s name was a source of controversy.Surveyors originally recommended the dam be constructed at Boulder Canyon, leading the initiative to be called the Boulder Canyon Dam Project. Even when Black Canyon later wasContinue reading “7 Things You Might Not Know About the Hoover Dam”

Building of the Hoover Dam begins

On July 7, 1930, construction of the Hoover Dam begins. Over the next five years, a total of 21,000 men would work ceaselessly to produce what would be the largest dam of its time, as well as one of the largest manmade structures in the world. Although the dam would take only five years to build, itsContinue reading “Building of the Hoover Dam begins”

Mike Tyson Bites Ear

Yes, the bite heard around the world… This happened June 28, 1997. On June 28, 1997, Mike Tyson bites Evander Holyfield’s ear in the third round of their heavyweight rematch. The attack led to his disqualification from the match and suspension from boxing, and was the strangest chapter yet in the champion’s roller-coaster career. Mike Tyson enjoyedContinue reading “Mike Tyson Bites Ear”

1972 U.S. space shuttle docks with Russian Space Station

On June 29, 1995, the American space shuttle Atlantis docks with the Russian space station Mir to form the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth. This historic moment of cooperation between former rival space programs was also the 100th human space mission in American history. At the time, Daniel Goldin, chief of the National Aeronautics and SpaceContinue reading “1972 U.S. space shuttle docks with Russian Space Station”

Crime: A teenage girl’s boyfriend murders her parents

June 28, 1975 Police are called to the home of Jim and Naomi Olive in Terra Linda, California, after Jim Olive’s business partner reports that the couple has not been seen in a week. The house in disarray, officers found no sign of either the Olives or their adopted teenage daughter Marlene. However, Marlene turned upContinue reading “Crime: A teenage girl’s boyfriend murders her parents”

Treaty of Versailles

The treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919. The peace treaty to formally end the war between Germany and the Allies was signed in the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles on the outskirts of Paris in 1919. Treaty negotiations were dominated by the ‘big four’ French Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau, Italian PrimeContinue reading “Treaty of Versailles”