The Battle Hymn of the Reformation

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,On earth is not his equal.D…

St. Crispin’s Day

Two legendary battles, both immortalized in English literature, took place on this day, the Feast of St. Crispin.  The first, in 1415, was the greatBattle of Agincourt.  England’sKing Henry V and his long bow archers defeated the overw…

All Heaven and Earth

‎”When you sell a man a book you don’t sell him just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue—you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humor and ships at sea by night—there’s all heaven and earth in a book, a real book I mean.” C…

God’s Victory

Three days after French troops under the command of Jean Baptiste de Vimeur, Comte de Rochambeau, and the Marquis de Lafayette helped George Washington’s ragged forcesdefeat the British Army, the men celebrated the formal surrender of LordCornwallis.&n…

Texas: A Whole Other Country

On this day in 1836, former Tennessee congressman, senator, and governor, Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first constitutionally elected president of the Republic of Texas.

Let There Be Light

On this day in 1878, ThomasA. Edison invented a practical incandescent lamp in his laboratory at MenloPark, New Jersey.  “The longerit burned,” he said, “the more fascinated we were…there was no sleepfor any of us for forty hours.”

Anacreon in Heaven

The War of 1812 had been fiercely raging for two years when Francis Scott Key,a Washington attorney was sent to the British naval command to secure therelease of a prisoner when the fleet began to bombard the placements of Americanfortifications in Bal…