Category Archives: HISTORICAL

MLK Day

Written on January 15, 2019 at 12:38 pm, by

Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday observed annually in the United States on the third Monday in January. Martin Luther King Day celebrates the life, achievements and legacy of American civil rights leader Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In recent years, the observance has become a day when Americans are encouraged to […]

Honey War

Written on January 8, 2019 at 10:38 am, by

Iowa (or Honey) War, 1839. Although Missouri became a state in 1821, the northern boundary was never properly and legally surveyed. When the territory of Iowa was created, the southern boundary was simply defined as Missouri’s northern boundary setting up potential for the later conflict. To settle the situation, Congress authorized a joint commission to […]

Teddy Roosevelt

Written on January 1, 2019 at 11:39 am, by

On January 6, 1919, the twenty-sixth president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, died at his estate overlooking New York’s Long Island Sound.  Roosevelt was born into a wealthy New York family in 1858, and as a young boy he was frail and sickly.  As a teenager he followed a program of gymnastics and weight […]

Valley Forge

Written on December 18, 2018 at 10:53 am, by

In the week preceding Christmas, 1777, General George Washington and the Continental Army were not enjoying the comforts of home and family. Instead they were in winter quarters at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania in forlorn conditions. They arrived at Valley Forge on the evening of December 18 with little clothing, no provisions, and a disheartened outlook. […]

Pearl Harbor

Written on December 4, 2018 at 11:47 am, by

The date of December 7, 1941 lives in the pages of American history as the day of the devastating Japanese air attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The early Sunday morning surprise attack by a fleet of Japanese bombers propelled the United States into World War II. After two hours of […]

JFK Assassination

Written on November 20, 2018 at 11:08 am, by

On November 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States, was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, were riding in an open convertible with Texas Governor John Connally and his wife, Nellie. President Kennedy was in a motorcade on the way to make a scheduled speech at the Dallas […]

BATTLE OF FORT DONELSON

Written on November 13, 2018 at 11:48 am, by

The Battle of Fort Donelson on the Cumberland River near Dover, TN., marks the  first major Union battlefield victory of  the Civil War in 1862. Federal guns on February 14, 1862, began exchanging heavy fire with big Confederate artillery guns set high up the river bluff. But the guns suffered such damage that their decks […]

Veterans Day

Written on November 6, 2018 at 12:16 pm, by

“Always Remember” and “Never Forget” are words printed on the pages of a small notepad, as a reminder of the service and sacrifice of America’s military veterans. The federal holiday on November 11, Veterans Day, is a special day designated to remember and recognize the service of U.S. veterans of all wars. Veterans Day was […]

The Spanish American War 1898

Written on October 30, 2018 at 11:18 am, by

Reports of Spanish brutality in Cuba led many Missourians to support a war with Spain in 1898, The sinking of the battleship Maine in Havana Harbor on February 15, 1898, only strengthened the support, as cries of “Remember the Maine” echoed across the country and politicians and journalist urged a free Cuba.  On April 25, […]

Statue of Liberty

Written on October 23, 2018 at 10:27 am, by

The Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland on October 28, 1886. The statue’s full name was Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World. It was a gift to the United States from the citizens of France, in recognition of the mutual commitment to democracy and liberty, and their alliance […]