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On This Day In History: July 29, 1775

By |July 29th, 2017|Categories: Library, Updates|

With the recent hostility against military chaplains, it is worth recalling the distinguished history of the chaplain corps as it celebrates its 240th birthday. On July 29, 1775, the Army Chaplain Corps was organized by the Continental Congress. Numerous famous leaders have served as military chaplains, including Robert Treat Paine, a signer of [...]

On This Day in History: June 28, 1787

By |June 28th, 2017|Categories: Library, Updates|

  In June, 1787, The Constitutional Convention was in full swing in Philadelphia. Do you know how many delegates attended the Constitutional Convention? Do you know how many delegates signed the Constitution? Who was the olderst delgate? Who was the youngest delegate? (Answers at the bottom) The Constitutional Convention was called [...]

The “Red Tails”

By |June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Updates|Tags: |

In 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt, anticipating possible war in Europe, started a pilot training program for civilians which was also opened to black Americans, and the 1940 Selective Training and Service Act allowed blacks to be drafted. The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of black pilots trained as part of the [...]

What Hath God Wrought

By |June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Updates|

On May 24, 1844, a seismic breakthrough occurred: the first telegraphic message was transmitted between cities. People in two separate and distant geographic locations could instantly communicate with each other! What was that first message? It was a Bible verse: Numbers 23:23 "What hath God wrought!" Such a message today likely [...]

America Responds to Victory

By |June 20th, 2017|Categories: Updates|

V-E (Victory in Europe) Day is commemorated on May 8, 1945. One day earlier, German forces unconditionally surrendered to the Allies, signaling the end of most fighting in Europe -- although fighting would continue against Japan for an additional 3 months. President Harry Truman addressed the nation, reading his proclamation calling [...]

Jefferson and Library of Congress

By |June 20th, 2017|Categories: Updates|

Most Americans are very familiar with the Library of Congress and its massive collection of millions of books, documents, recordings, photographs, sheet music, and manuscripts. But few know how Thomas Jefferson is connected to the library. On April 24, 1800, Congress approved moving the federal government to Washington DC and granted [...]

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