There is no master plan of History. Events happen, we witness and, later, we try to make sense of them. When tragic or momentous events do occur, we often seek to forgo patience for prescience. We want it all to … Continue reading
In July 1947, the Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF) issued a press release saying they had recovered debris of a crashed “flying disc” sparking intense media interest. They later corrected themselves by stating the materials were that of a downed … Continue reading
Which two people died on the 4th of July? Benjamin Franklin Born: 1706 George Washington Born: 1732 John Adams Born: 1735 John Hancock Born: 1737 Thomas Jefferson Born: 1743 Abraham Lincoln Born: 1809 Good luck.
Even the night before the Fourth of July, it’s easy to obtain (where legal, of course) nearly an unlimited supply of fireworks, sparklers and other brilliant incendiary devices. Though such gunpowder-based confections stir delight in children and swelling patriotism in … Continue reading
Sharron Tate Moody, a reporter and former self-professed skeptic of Footnote.com, took another look at the site this weekend and talks about it in her Tampa Tribune column: At that time (February 2007), users could subscribe to the site for … Continue reading
The National Archives unveiled a handwritten note by Abraham Lincoln written on 7 July 1863 telling his generals to bring about “the litteral(sic) or substantial destruction of (Robert E.) Lee’s army” after the battle of Gettysburg. A week after Lincoln’s … Continue reading
In the bibliography of David McCullough’s bestselling book, “1776“, (see what else we’re reading) lies an interesting source: “Revolutionary Pension Records.” Much of the power of McCullough’s writing comes from his ability to recount an event that happened more than … Continue reading