“While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future.” Ronald Reagan
January 1st – New Year’s Day when in Philadelphia each year since pre-revolutionary war times, the Mummers Day Parade is held featuring the uniquely, famous Philadelphia String Bands that use no brass instruments.
January 3rd – On this date in 1959, Alaska became the 49th state/
January 6th – Pan American Airway’s Pacific Clipper on this date in 1942 completed the commercial around the world airline trip.
January 7th – In 1800, President Millard Fillmore was born near Buffalo, NY.
January 8th – On this date in 1987, the Dow Jones Industrial average closes above 2,000 for the 1st time in history.
January 12th – John Hancock, whose famous signature dominates the Declaration of Independence, was born in Braintree, Mass in 1737 on this date.
January 15th – On this date in 1967, the 1st Super Bowl is played in Los Angeles with the Green Bay Packers defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 35 to 10.
January 16th – 1991 marked the beginning of the air offensive in Operation Desert Storm – the 1st Persian Gulf War
Note - Lee Jackson day is celebrated annually on the Friday preceding King day.
January 17th – On this date in 1989, The Crusty Conservative and his wife’s close friend Katie Adams died in Northridge, Ca. Exactly five years later at the exact hour of Katie’s passing, a 6.7 earthquake hit Northridge destroying her surviving husband and his new wife’s Northridge home in which Katie had lived for over 20 years, Coincidence ???
January 20th – Barrack Obama’s inauguration as President on this date in 2009 marked “The Beginning of an Error”.
January 22nd – On this date in 1944, U.S.Forces stage a successful amphibious landing at Anzio Beach in Italy.
January 24th – On this date in 1848, gold is discovered at Sutter’s Mill, California.
January 25th – The first transcontinental jet flight was completed by an American Airlines’ Boeing 707 on this date in 1959.
January 27th – While training on the Appolo I spacecraft,, a fire claimed the lives of Astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee. One week later, the Crusty Conservative attended Chaffee’s full military honors funeral at Arlington National Cemetery,
January 28th – In 1986 on this date in 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded on liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
January 29th – The USS Missouri, the last US battleship built, was launched on this date in 1944. After WW II service in the Pacific, it sailed into Tokyo harbor and was the site in of Japan’s surrender in September 1945.
January 30th – on this date in 1950, President Truman discloses that he had approved development of the hydrogen bomb.
February 2nd – Ground Hogs Day
February 3rd – A black day in United States history. On this date, the sixteenth Amendment to the Constitution authorizing the government to directly tax residents’ and business’ income was ratified in 1913.
February 6th – President Ronald W. Reagan was born on this date in 1911.
February 8th – The Boy Scouts of America were founded on this date in 1910.
February 10th – On this date in 1861 Jefferson Davis is chosen as the President of the Confederate States of America.
February 12th – The US Senate concluded President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial by acquitting him of charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.
February 14th – Valentine’s Day
February 15th – The Spanish American War begins on this date in 1898 when the USS Maine is blown up in Havana harbor.
February 18th – Mark Twain publishes Huckleberry Finn in 1885.
February 19th – On this date in 1945,US Marines land on Iwo Jima.
February 22 – US Hockey Team, in 1980, upsets the Soviet Union team to win the Gold Medal at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics.
February 23rd – the American flag is raised on Mount Suribachi signifying the capture of Iwo Jima in 1945.
February 24th – The Desert Storm ground offensive in the Persian Gulf War began on this date in 1991.
February 26th – on this date in 1993, Muslim terrorists explode a bomb in the garage of the New York World Trade Center.
February 27th – President H W Bush announces overwhelming victory over Iraq in the 1st Persian Gulf War on this date in 1991.
March 2nd – the Father of Texas – Sam Houston was born in Virginia on this date in 1793.
March 3rd –in 1863 the first military draft in U.S. history went went into effect during the Civil War.
March 4th – the Constitution of the United States of America went into effect in 1789,
March 11th – The “Great Blizzard of 1888” killed over 400 people in northeastern United States.
March 13th – In 1928, the St. Francis Dam near Valencia, California gave way unleashing water that flooded much of Northern Los Angeles County and flooded much of Western Ventura County as the water rushed towards the ocean some 20 miles away. The floods claimed over 600 lives.
March 16th – In 1802, the U.S.Military Academy is established at West Point on the Hudson River in New York.
March 17th – Everyone is Irish today – Saint Patrick’s Day
Erin Go Braugh !
(Ireland Forever !)
March 21st – playing politics, President Jimmy Carter bans the US Olympic team from participating in the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games.
March 23rd – On this date in 1775, Patrick Henry delivered his “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech
March 24th – In 1958, with thousands of young men (including boxing legend Muhammad Ali) evading the military draft and protesting the Viet Nam War, rock star Elvis Presley voluntarily reported for induction into the US Army where he honorably served for two years.
March 26th – In 1953, on this date Dr. Jonas Salk announced the development of a Polio vaccine.
March 29th – 1943 was when the US Government began requiring the rationing of fat, meat and cheese as part of the war effort.
March 30th – In a fortunately unsuccessful assassination attempt, President Ronald Reagan was shot as he left the Washington (DC) Hilton hotel on this date in 1981.
April 1st – The U. S. Air Force Academy was established in 1954.
April 4th – In 1968 blacks in hundreds of cities rioted, looted and burnt their own neighborhoods for four days as an alleged response to the shooting of Martin L King.
April 5th – In 1968, Washington DC was occupied by U. S. troops in an attempt to protect public officials, citizens and property. Machine gun emplacements were set up at the Capitol, White House as well as other public buildings to protect them from black rioters who were looting and burning the Nation’s Capital. All routes into the city were closed and secured by armed troops while fire departments were called in from as far away as Pennsylvania to battle the fires started by the looting arsonists.
April 6th – Admiral Perry, in 1909, became the first man to reach the North Pole where he planted the American Flag.
April 9th – General Robert E Lee, in 1865, surrendered the Confederate Army to General U. S. Grant at Appomattox Virginia – effectively ending the War Between the States.
April 11th – in 1951, President Harry S. Truman fired General Douglas Mc Arthur, a World War II hero and the Commander of all U. S. Forces in Asia, for publicly disagreeing with him on the prosecution of the Korean War.
April 12th –Confederate forces In 1861 fired on Union held Fort Sumter in South Carolina beginning the War Between the States.
April 13th – President Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, was born in 1743.\
April 14th – Lincoln assassinated in 1865.
April 18th – Paul Revere undertakes his famous ride in 1775 to warn the Massachusetts’ town folk that “The British Are Coming”
April 19th – Texas wins its independence from Mexico on this date in 1836.
April 23rd – In 1960 “The Crusty Conservative” and his wife Pat are married in Norristown Pennsylvania.
April 24th – Spain declares war on America 1898.
April 25th – U. S. and Soviet troops meet and join forces at Germany’s Elbe River in 1945 signaling the practical end of World War II in Europe.
April 29th – A black day in 1975, as the U. S. evacuates Saigon leaving it in communist Viet Cong control. Congress had previously cut off major funding for the Viet Nam War leaving that country highly vulnerable.
April 30th – In 1789, George Washington took the Oath of Office as the 1st President of the United States.
May 1st – 1898 U.S. Navy defeats the Spanish Armada in the Battle of Manila Bay.
May 2nd – On this date in 2011, US Navy Seals kill terrorist Osama Bin Laden
May 4th – The Battle of the Coral Sea, the first naval battle in history to be fought totally by air power, begins in 1942
May 7th – in 1945, VE Day is proclaimed to commemorate the surrender of Nazi Germany ending WW II in Europe.
May 10th – the Transcontinental Railroad is completed in 1869.
May 12th – in 1949 the USSR ended its blockage of Berlin eliminating the need for the U.S.A.F. to continue the Berlin Airlift.
May 13th – the first permanent colony in North America was established in 1607 at Jamestown, Virginia,
May 17th – the first Armed Forces Day is observed in 1952.
May 20th – Charles Lindberg took off from New York on the first successful transatlantic flight. He landed in Paris 33 1/2 hours later.
May 24th – Samuel Morse sent the first telegram in 1844.
May 25th – Babe Ruth hits the last of his 714 home runs in 1935.
May 28th– in 1957, the move of the Brooklyn Dodgers to Los Angeles and the New York Giants to San Francisco is approved.
May 30th – the first Memorial Day (at that time called Decoration Day) was observed in 1868.
June 2nd – The P.T. Barnum Circus went on tour for the fist time on this date in 1835.
June 4th – In 1942, on this date the tide of the war in the Pacific changed when out-manned U.S. Navy Aviators at Midway Island effectively destroyed the Japanese fleet by sinking 4 aircraft carriers, 1 battle cruiser and destroying 248 combat aircraft. The Japanese lost over 3,000 sailors and airmen in the Battle of Midway which was a disaster from which they never militarily recovered. Click here for more information about the Battle of Midway.
June 5th – Ronald W. Reagan, the 40th President of the United States of America died in Los Angeles in 2004 at age 93. Click here for more information about the President Reagan.
June 6th – 1944 – or D Day was the date when the liberation of Europe began in earnest under the command of General Dwight D Eisenhower. During the very early morning hours of that day 822 U.S. aircraft dropped 18,000 members of the 101st Airborne Division behind German lines in Normandy, France. At dawn, another 176,000 allied troops in over 6,000 landing craft began an amphibious invasion of the French coastline. Despite heavy allied casualties (2,000U.S. servicemen were lost that day on Omaha Beach alone), D-Day was a decided success. By the end of June, the Allies had 850,000 men and 150,000 vehicles in Normandy and were poised to continue their march across Europe. Click here for more information about D Day.
June 8th – on this date in 1948, the Texaco Star Theater starring Milton Berle premiered on U.S. television. This weekly variety show was sponsored by Texaco gasoline but had unintended consequences. It was so successful that it not only sold Texaco’s products but it also is credited with causing the sales of more TV sets than any advertising or marketing campaign could have ever accomplished.
June 10th – In 1854, the first class of Midshipmen graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
June 12th – President Reagan on this date in 1987, stood in front of the Berlin Wall and challenged Soviet Leader Gorbachev to “…tear down this wall’. Less than 3 years later the wall along with European communism came tumbling down.
June 14th – Flag Day. On this date in 1777, the Continental congress adopted the Stars & Stripes as the 1st U.S. flag. Click here to learn more about the American Flag and its history.
June 17th – In 1972, five men are arrested in the middle of the night inside the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, DC, This was the beginning of the infamous Watergate scandal which eventually led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation.
June 18th – The United States declares war on Britain in 1812.
June 21st – The U.S. Constitution is ratified by New Hampshire in 1788 making it the law of the land.
June 25th – Communist North Korean invades South Korea in 1950.
June 25th – in 1950, President Truman orders the U.S. Air Force & U.S. Navy to defend South Korea.
June 29th – The Interstate Highway System is established in 1953 when President Eisenhower signs legislation authorizing and funding its construction.
June 30th – President Truman orders U.S. ground troops into Korea in 1950. Click here to learn more about the Korean War.
July 1st – Daffy Duck was born on this date in 1937 at Warner Brothers Studios in Hollywood.Click Here To Learn More About Daffy Duck
July 2nd – President James Garfield was fatally wounded by an assassin’s bullet in 1881 at a Washington, DC train station.
July 4th 1776 – the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia.
July 7th – The U.S. Navy raised the American Flag over Monterey in 1846 thereby proclaiming California as a United States possession. (Click Here To Learn More About This Event)
July 8th – The Liberty Bell was rung for the first time on this date in 1776 to summon Philadelphians to the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence.
July 10th – In 1778, France, in support of the American Revolution, declared war on Great Britain. The significance of this was demonstrated later when the French Fleet blockaded Yorktown, Virginia blocking any possible escape route for the British armies and leading to the great American victory that ended the Revolution. (Click Here To Learn More About The Battle of Yorktown)
July 12th – The Crusty Conservative’s wife Pat was born Patricia Dull in Norristown, Pa. on this date in 1936,
July 12th – The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan was christened on this date in 2003. She was the first Navy ship named after a living President. (Click Here To Learn More About the USS Ronald Reagan)
Personal Note: In October 2010, The Crusty Conservative and his wife Pat had the unique opportunity to visit the USS
Ronald Reagan as guests of Michael Reagan. We toured the ship from the waterline to the bridge and met many of the officers and enlisted personnel assigned to this vessel. While the ship itself was impressive, it was just steel. What to us made it one of the most formidable fighting machines in the world was the crew. Every member of the crew that we met impressed us., They were all professionals who obviously knew their jobs and carry out their mission anywhere in the world. But, probably more important, these volunteers were also extremely proud of what they were doing and happy to talk about it. The ship was impressive but the crew was overwhelming. I would be proud to serve with them and put my life in their hands anytime, anywhere.
Frank F – The Crusty Conservative
July 13th – In 1865, Horace Greenley in N.Y. Tribune advises “Go west young man and grow up with the country….”
July 16th – U.S. explodes first atomic bomb in 1945 in New Mexico
July 17th – Disneyland (California) opens in 1955.
July 20th – Astronauts land on the moon for the first time in 1968
July 21st – The Confederacy wins the Battle of Bull Run at Manassas, Virginia in 1861.
July 24th – In 1701 the city of Detroit, Michigan was founded on this date by French trappers and traders. In July 2013, 312 years later, the city is virtually abandoned, bankrupt and less safe than it was when Indians regularly set siege to its fort.
July 27th – Bugs Bunny makes his acting debut in 1940.
July 30th – “In God We Trust” is adopted in 1956 as the United States of America’s official motto.
July 31st – On this date in 1914, the New York stock Exchange closed for a period of four months because of the First World War.
July 31st – Restoration Day in Hawaii. The British lowered the Union Jack and raised the Hawaiian flag over Hawaii on this date in 1843. This ended British rule over the islands and restored the Hawaiian monarchy.
August 1st – in preparation for World War II, the first Jeep is produced in Toledo, Ohio in 1941
August 3rd – In 1923, following the death of President Harding, Calvin Coolidge is sworn in by his father (a Justice of the Peace) as the 30th U.S. President.
August 4th – U.S. Coast Guard formed in 1790.
August 6th – In 1945, an atomic bomb is dropped from a U.S. B-29 bomber (The Enola Gay) on Hiroshima, Japan significantly shortening World War II and saving the lives of numerous U.S. serviceman who were preparing to invade Japan.
August 7th – The country’s first military decoration – the Purple Heart, was created by George Washington in 1782.
August 9th – President Nixon resigns the Presidency in 1974.
August 11th – In 1965, blacks begin several days of race riots in the Watts section of Los Angeles.
August 14th – Japan unconditionally surrenders to the U.S. in 1945 ending World War II.
August 15th – “VJ Day” commemorating the end of World War II with Japan’s unconditional surrender on August 14th, 1945.
August 21st – In 1959, President Eisenhower signed the Executive Order making Hawaii a state.
August 22nd – The 1st Eagle Scout medal is awarded to Arthur Eldred in 1912.
August 24th – British troops invade Washington, D.C.in 1814 and burn both the U.S. Capitol and the White House
August 25th – U.S. troops liberate Paris in 1944 as partial repayment for the next memorable event’
August 30th – A French fleet blockades the waters around Yorktown, Virginia in 1781 trapping the British army and leading to its defeat and the successful conclusion of the Revolutionary War.
September 2nd – 1945, the Japanese formally surrender to U.S. General Douglas McArthur on the battleship U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo harbor.
September 3rd – The Treaty of Paris was signed in 1783 formally ending the Revolutionary War.
September 6th – President McKinley is mortally shot in 1901 at the Buffalo (NY) World’s Fair.
September 8th – The 1st permanent European settlement was established in Saint Augustine, Florida in 1565.
September 11th – In 1814, the U.S. Navy defeats the British fleet in the Battle of Lake Champlain.
September 14th – The British in 1814 started their overnight bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore harbor.
September 15th – At day break in 1814, Francis Scott Key found the American flag still flying over Fort McHenry despite a night long British bombardment causing him to pen “The Star Spangled Banner” .
November 4th – Iranians seized the U.S. Embassy and took 166 American hostages on this date in 1978. the hostages were held throughout the remainder of President Jimmy Carter’s term of office and were not released until Ronald Reagan was sworn in as the next President of the United States of America on January 20th, 1981.
November 6th – 1869 the first intercollegiate football game between Rutgers and Princeton was played in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
November 8th – On this date in 1942, U.S. forces landed in Nazi occupied French North Africa during WW II.
November 11th – At 11 AM on this date In 1918, an Armistice ending World War I was signed in a railway car in Compiegne, France.
November 19th – In 1919, on this date the United States Senate heroically rejected the Versailles Treaty and u.S. membership in the League of Nations once again effectively declaring American’s independence from European powers and European politics.
November 22nd – 1963, President John F Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Immediately thereafter, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson took the oath of office as 36th President of the United States aboard Air Force One.
November 26th – In 1789, President George Washington proclaimed this day as a “day of thanksgiving for God’s blessings and the new U.S. Constitution”.
November 30th – The Treaty of Paris recognizing American independence was signed by the British on this date in 1782.
December 2nd – President James Monroe in 1823 proclaims the “Monroe Doctrine” prohibiting the involvement of European countries in U.S. and western hemisphere affairs.
December 5th – Prohibition ends in 1933 when the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified.
December 6th – In 1790 Congress moves from New York to Philadelphia.
December 10th – John Phillip Sosa’s “Stars & Stripes Forever” is designated as the official march of the United States in 1987.
December 11th – 1941, Germany and Italy declare war on the United States.
December 13th – The U.S. Army National Guard is established in 1636.
December 13th – On this date in 2003 U.S. forces capture Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
December 14th – George Washington dies at his Mount Vernon (Va.) home on this day in 1799.
December 17th – 1903, Wilbur & Orville Wright complete the first manned aircraft flight at Kitty Hawk, NC.
December 19th – George Washington’s Army establishes “Winter Quarters’ at Valley Forge, Pa on this date in 1777.
December 21st – In 1861 on this day, Congress established the Medal of Honor which is America’s highest military decoration.
December 25th 1776 – General George Washington’s Army crosses the Delaware River on Christmas night to surprise and defeat Hessian mercenaries employed by the British at Trenton, NJ.
December 27th – On this date in 1932, Radio City Music Hall opened in New York City.
December 31st – New Years Eve.In 1907 the huge ball signifying the beginning of the New Year is dropped for the 1st time in Times Square.
The Crusty Conservative™
“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.
It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”
–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788