This Day in U.S. History

This Day in American History

This Day in American History 1586 – English colonists sailed from Roanoke Island, N.C. after failing to establish England’s first permanent settlement in America. 1754 – The first Colonial congress met at Albany, NY, from…


This Day in American History

This Day in American History 1692 – As the village of Salem was gripped by terror of witches, Massachusetts Bay Colony Governor Sir William Phips ordered a special court to expedite judgment of the more…


This Day in American History

This Day in American History 1607 – Captain Christopher Newport and 105 followers founded the colony of Jamestown on the mouth of the James River in Virginia. They had left England with 144 members, 39…


This Day in American History

This Day in American History 1541 – South of present-day Memphis, Tennessee, Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto reaches the Mississippi River, one of the first European explorers to ever do so. After building flatboats, de…


This Day in American History

This Day in American History 30 – Scholars’ estimate of Jesus’ crucifixion by Roman troops in Palestine, most probably between the years 30 and 33. Jesus, whom Christians believe to be the Son of God…


This Day in American History

This Day in American History 1690 – Massachusetts established a provincial bank and issued money in denominations from two shillings to five pounds to pay the soldiers who served in the war with Quebec. This…


This Day in American History

This Day in American History      1772 – The “Washington and Jefferson Snowstorm” occurred. George Washington reported three feet of snow at Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson recorded about three feet at Monticello. 1778 –…


This Day in American History

This Day in American History      1776- George Washington’s retreating army in the American Revolution crossed the Delaware River from New Jersey to Pennsylvania. 1850-The first college graduate who was African-American woman was Lucy Ann Stanton…


This Day in American History

This Day in American History       1729 – Natchez Indians massacred most of the 300 French settlers and soldiers at Fort Rosalie, Louisiana. 1745 – French troops attacked Indians at Saratoga, NY. The Saratoga of…


This Day in American History

This Day in American History     1620 – Fifteen pilgrims lead by Captain Myles Standish, William Bradford, Stephen Hopkins and Edward Tiley discovered corn on the future site of Provincetown, MA. They named the place “Corn…