american-history

The Day the Eastland Sank While Docked Killing 850

When the S.S. Eastland sank in the Chicago River on July 24, 1915, it was still tied to the dock. Reports of the events…

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The Day the U.S. Initiated Selective Conscription for the Great War

The moment U.S. Secretary of War Newton D. Baker reached his hand into the glass bowl, the entire nation drew a collective breath. It was July…

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War of 1812; When the Brits Took Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin

When the British Army took the city of Prairie du Chien during the War of 1812, it was in what we call the Siege…

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The First Day Disneyland Opened Was a Disaster

When Walt threw open the gates on his brand new magical kingdom in Anaheim, California, it was July 17, 1955. He could have never…

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The Day a Former Slave Took Office in Louisiana

When, on July 13, 1868, Oscar J. Dunn took the office of Louisiana’s Lieutenant Governor it wasn’t only as the first black man in…

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War of 1812: How General Hull Lost Detroit and Basically the War

It was 205 years ago, on July 12, General William Hull crossed the river between Detroit and Sandwich (now Windsor), Canada. His (as he…

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Back When the U.S. Presidency Had No Limits

It wasn’t long ago, before 1951, one could run for and win the office of the President of the United States indefinitely. As long…

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That Time Wyoming Became the First State Allowing Women to Vote But it Wasn’t Cool

The United States welcomed the 44th state to the Union July 10, 1890, more than two decades after the former territory had granted women…

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Authorities Still Haven’t Found A Shred of Evidence on Jimmy Hoffa

It was the 7th of July, 1961, when union elected James Riddle Hoffa as the president of the Teamsters for a second time. July…

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Making it Official; The Birth of the Mighty Dollar

The 13 Colonies may have declared independence in 1776, but it wasn’t until 1785 that the United States adopted the dollar as the official…

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