A Fire in Space Exploration

By | Jan 27, 2017

President John F. Kennedy’s goal of landing a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s was well on scheduled until January 27, 1967. 50 years ago the Moon project was put on hold. A fire in the command module sitting atop a Saturn IB rocket, just weeks before the first manned Apollo mission was set to blast-off, killed three astronauts.

Gold in Dem Dare Hills

By | Jan 24, 2017

John W. Marshall had developed a partnership with John Sutter, the founder of Sutter’s Fort, California to build a sawmill. The area around Sutter’s Fort would eventually become Sacramento. Marshall’s job was to oversee the construction and operation of the mill. The location where they decided to build the mill was around 40 miles from […]

USS Nautilus – The World’s First Nuclear-Powered Submarine

By | Jan 21, 2017

About two and a half years after the US Congress authorized the construction of a nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus was officially launched into the Thames River in Connecticut on January 21, 1954.

Robert E. Lee – The Lee of Lee-Jackson Day

By | Jan 19, 2017

January 19th 2017 is the 210th anniversary of the birth of Robert E. Lee. Lee was born in 1807, the son of Henry “Light Horse Harry) Lee III, a general of the American Revolution. He was raised mostly by his mother since his father died in 1812 from a mob attack on him in Baltimore.

Prohibition – A Failed Amendment

By | Jan 16, 2017

Almost from the beginning as a nation the United States the manufacturing, sales and use of intoxicating liquor has been a political issue. Early in the Washington Administration, George Washington needed to deal with the issue with what is commonly known as the Whiskey Rebellion. This was as a result of the taxing of whiskey. […]

Millard Fillmore

By | Jan 7, 2017

Thirteen may be an unlucky number to some, but in any long list there is an item 13. The 13th President of the United States was Millard Fillmore. Fillmore was elected to be Zachary Taylor’s Vice President in 1848 and became President upon Taylor’s death on July 9, 1850. Millard Fillmore was born on January […]

75 Years Ago When the US Changed

By | Dec 7, 2016

December 7, 1941 will forever be remembered as an day of infamy. It was on that day that Japan attacked the military bases on the Hawaiian Island of O’ahu. Pearl Harbor Naval Base, where many of the United States Pacific fleet were docked on that day, and Hickham Field, which adjoins the Naval Base, were […]

The Path to Independence

By | Jun 30, 2016

How much do you actually know about what happened on and around July 4, 1776? We all know that July 4th is the birthday of the United States, but is it really? Events that led up to the birth of the United States started in 1774 when 56 representatives from 12 of the British Colonies […]

I Don’t Like Mondays

By | Jan 29, 2016

On Monday January 29, 1979 the day was starting as usual for Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, California. Then all of a sudden shots rang out. They were coming from the house across the street. During the 6 hour shooting spree and standoff Principal Burton Wragg and head custodian Mike Suchar were killed. Eight […]

Bad Week for NASA

By | Jan 28, 2016

Yesterday I wrote about the fiery death of the first three NASA Astronauts to die in the United State’s quest for Space. I didn’t realize then how close together the three major Space Accidents actually occurred. The first happened on January 27, 1967 when afire in the command module sitting atop a Saturn IB rocket, […]

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