american-history

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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By John, We’re Celebrating Independence Day the Wrong Day

Ask most Americans what day Congress signed the Declaration of Independence Day, and (if they don’t zone out) they’ll boast, “The 4th of July.”…

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Bad Patriot; Jesse James Robbed Ocobock Brothers’ Bank the Day Before July 4th

It was July 3, 1871. In what one could only describe as an act of national disrespect, the daylong before proud Americans would normally…

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Dr. Robert H. Lawrence Jr.; First Black Astronaut of the United States

It was on a June 30th when Robert Henry Lawrence Jr. became the first black astronaut in U.S. history. Before you check your calendar…

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History Repeating? The Alien Registration Act of 1940

Enacted on June 29, 1940, the Alien Registration Act was a federal statute, which created means to charge individuals as criminals for activity which…

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