Category Archives: HISTORICAL

Patriot Day

Written on September 10, 2019 at 9:48 am, by

Patriot Day is observed in the United States on September 11, as the National Day of Service and Remembrance, in memory of the lives lost in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. On Patriot Day, Americans are called to volunteer in their local communities as a tribute to the individuals killed and injured in the […]

ATMs

Written on September 3, 2019 at 11:38 am, by

On September 2, 1969, America’s first automatic teller machine (ATM) made its first  public debut, dispensing cash to customers at Chemical Bank in Rockville Center, New York. ATM’s went on  to revolutionize  the banking industry, eliminating the need to visit a bank to conduct basic financial transactions. By the 1980’s. these money machines had become […]

Battle Hymn of the Republic

Written on August 27, 2019 at 8:55 am, by

The “Battle Hymn of the Republic” is one of the most familiar songs in America.  It was written by Julia Ward Howe in November, 1861 during the first year of the U.S. Civil War. Mrs. Howe, a wife, mother, poet and abolitionist, and her husband, Dr. Stanley Gridley Howe, were volunteers in the Sanitary Commission, […]

New Navy

Written on August 20, 2019 at 10:35 am, by

“New Navy” covered a period of 1882 to 1898, when in 1882, the Navy Secretary William H. Hunt requested funds from Congress to construct modern ships. The request was rejected, but in 1883 Congress authorized the construction of three protected cruisers, USS Chicago, USS Boston, and USS Atlanta, and the dispatch vessel USS Dolphin, together […]

Lincoln Marker

Written on August 13, 2019 at 3:20 am, by

Down a gravel road in rural Tama County, Iowa, amid corn and bean fields, is a historical marker relating to President Abraham Lincoln. The story behind the marker begins with Lincoln’s service as a Captain in the 4th Illinois Volunteers during the Black Hawk War. The brief but bloody Black Hawk War lasted from April […]

US Navy

Written on August 6, 2019 at 10:47 am, by

The history of the United States Navy divides into two major periods: the “Old Navy”, but a small respected force of sailing ships that was also notable for ‘George A. Meurien II innovation in the use of ironclads during the American Civil War, and the “New Navy”, the result of a modernization effort that began […]

Declaration of Independence

Written on July 30, 2019 at 11:00 am, by

The first copy of the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776 by John Hancock, president of the Second Continental Congress, and Charles Thompson, secretary of Congress, before being sent to the print shop of John Dunlap.  An estimated 200 copies (now called Dunlap Broadsides) were printed on the night of July 4 […]

Air Force

Written on July 23, 2019 at 9:08 am, by

The United States Air Force (USAF)  is the aerial and space warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces, and one of the seven American uniformed services. Initially formed as a part of the United States Army on 1 August 1907, the USAF was established as a separate branch  of the U.S. Armed Forces […]

County Fairs

Written on July 15, 2019 at 8:25 pm, by

The summer months are a time for fairs and festivals throughout the United States. The history of county fairs goes back many years. Jefferson County, New York, lays claim to the oldest continuously operating county fair in the U.S.  On October 25, 1817, the community leaders of the county came together to form the Jefferson […]

Independence Hall

Written on July 8, 2019 at 12:14 pm, by

Independence Hall is the building where both the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted. It is now the centerpiece of the Independence National Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The building was completed in 1753 as the Pennsylvania State House, and served as the capitol for the Province and […]