Today in History – 1945: Allies Surround Berlin

Seventy-two years ago today, near the end of World War II, Germany was first considered Allied territory. On April 25, 1945, Russian armies surrounded Berlin and met up with U.S. forces on the west side of the Elbe river. Although Germany had not officially surrendered, it still marked a moment of victory for the Allies. … More Today in History – 1945: Allies Surround Berlin

Research for Novel: Japanese Internment at Heart Mountain

I always appreciate a well-researched novel. Depending on how in-depth the author goes, it can be almost as educational as reading a non-fiction piece. After finishing a historical fiction novel, I usually like to look up certain places, actions, events, etc. and I love when they are historically true! This is probably the biggest reason … More Research for Novel: Japanese Internment at Heart Mountain

Today in History: 1917 – The Zimmerman Telegram Goes Public in the U.S.

One-hundred years ago today, the Zimmerman Telegram was published in newspapers across the country, just a few days after President Woodrow Wilson learned the details of the telegram after it had been intercepted by British intelligence and interpreted. The telegram was sent by German foreign secretary, Arthur Zimmerman to the German ambassador to Mexico. In … More Today in History: 1917 – The Zimmerman Telegram Goes Public in the U.S.

Today in History: February 23, 1945: Flag is Raised on Iwo Jima

On this day, seventy-two years ago, six U.S. Marines raised the flag of their country on Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima. There’s a good chance you’re familiar with the photo below, which took the United States by storm shortly after it was taken.                         … More Today in History: February 23, 1945: Flag is Raised on Iwo Jima

Today in History: February 19th, 1942 – Roosevelt Signs Executive Order

Seventy-five years ago today, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. On February 19th, 1942, just over two months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the President authorized the removal of people from military areas “as deemed necessary or desirable”. Shortly after, the entire West Coast was deemed as a military area. This Executive order, along … More Today in History: February 19th, 1942 – Roosevelt Signs Executive Order

Today in History: February 12th, 1809 – Happy Birthday, Abraham Lincoln!

Two-hundred eight years ago today, on February 12th, 1809, the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln was born. The greatly-revered President entered this world in a one-room log cabin in Kentucky. As a child he moved to Indiana, then at the age of twenty-one, he moved to Illinois (now called “The Land of … More Today in History: February 12th, 1809 – Happy Birthday, Abraham Lincoln!