It Happened In February

As early as 1858, the ongoing conflict between the North and the South over the issue of slavery led Southern leadership to discuss a unified separation from the United States. By 1860, the majority of the slave states were publicly threatening secession if the Republicans, the antislavery party, won the presidency. Following Republican Abraham Lincoln’s […]

The Rushmore Report: Pearl Harbor – A Survivor’s Personal Account

December 7, 1941 remains a “day in infamy,” as declared by President Franklin Roosevelt. Two waves of Japanese attacks began at 7:53 a.m. and ended by 1:00 p.m. From aircraft carriers off the coast of Oahu, the bombings brought horrific devastation: 2,403 dead, 188 planes destroyed, and a crippled Pacific fleet. Within three hours, Japanese […]

The Rushmore Report: The True Joy of Christmas

By Joel Osteen One of my favorite memories about Christmas while growing up was watching my father’s generosity everywhere he went. As a boy, my father didn’t have much. His childhood wasn’t very joyful, but he seemed determined to share as much of it as he could later in life. As a poor child who […]

It Happened in December

December 1, 1955 – The birth of the modern American civil rights movement occurred as Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, for refusing to give up her seat to a white man and move to the back section of a municipal bus. Her arrest resulted in a year-long boycott of the city bus system […]

It Happened in November

November is the eleventh month of the Julian and Gregorian calendars and the ninth month of the Roman calendar. Its name comes from the Latin term novern, meaning nine. Studies show that children born in November are the greatest achievers. Most importantly, November is the month for Thanksgiving football. What else makes November special? For every […]

Surrender of Yorktown

The American Revolutionary War was essentially shifted to the winners column in October, 1781. Following successful land and sea campaigns of joint American and French armies in Virginia in early 1781, the British found themselves trapped on the Yorktown peninsula. British commander Lieutenant General Lord Cornwallis realized that he did not have the necessary firepower […]

The Battle of Saratoga

The Battle of Saratoga provided a key early victory for the fledgling American Revolutionary Army. The Battle was actually two. The First Battle of Saratoga, also called the Battle of Freeman’s Farm, saw the American troops prevent the British from breaking through their lines in their attempt to join forces with their troops at Albany. […]