February 14, 1814: The USS Constitution vs. the HMS Pictou

In March 1794, the USS Constitution became one of the first naval ships commissioned by the United States government. Also known as “Old Ironsides”, its construction was a reactionary measure to the Barbary Pirate attacks on U.S. vessels near North Africa. The ship was named by President George Washington. Construction on the ship was not…

Sister Maria Celeste Galilei

On February 13, 1833, Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome to face the Inquisition for his radical theories which appeared to contradict the Bible. Nearly every lover of history and/or science has heard of the famous astronomer and physicist, but have you heard of his daughter?

Congressman Joshua R. Giddings: The Measure of a Man

On December 3, 1838, Joshua Reed Giddings, a lawyer and an abolitionist from Ohio’s 16th congressional district, was sworn in as a member of the United States House of Representatives. That day, he met his future mentor and former president, John Quincy Adams. In his diary, Giddings went into great detail about his first encounter with…

The Yellow Creek Massacre

  On April 30, 1774, a posse of armed colonists murdered a group of unsuspecting Native-Americans in cold blood along the banks of the Ohio River in modern day Hancock County, West Virginia. The Yellow Creek Massacre was so significant that Thomas Jefferson mentioned it in the only book he ever published, Notes on the State of Virginia. He called the…

A Dithyrambic Poem by Platt Rogers Spencer

​A Dithyrambic Poem by Platt Rogers Spencer Platt Rogers Spencer’s contribution to American history is not widely known, but it is right in front of your eyes. It can be seen when you drink a can of Coca Cola, or when you se e a Ford truck commercial. The connection is hidden in the type…