On This Day, Video

Daily Video for June 17 – The Battle of Bunker Hill


The Battle of Bunker HIll in Boston

On June 17, 1775, with the city of Boston under siege by the British Army, American colonists began establishing fortifications on hills surrounding the city to defend it, and the British did the same to attack it.  Two of these, Breed’s Hill and Bunker Hill were key objectives for both armies.

On this day, intense battles were fought on both hills, and while the American troops retreated from the field, making this a British victory, they inflicted heavy losses on the British army, including many officers — showing this would not be the easy war the British had hoped for.

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Photo Prompt

Daily Photo – Old Stone House, 1865

Photo — “Old Stone House, 1865”

Use the photos posted in this feature for writing prompts, warm-up activities, drawing templates or as part of a photo analysis.

In another “then and now” photo, we’re visiting Richmond where the Ege family home on Main Street has connections to George Washington, the Marquis de Lafayette and Edgar Allan Poe.  Today it’s still standing, and pretty much the same,  as a Poe Museum. [GOOGLE MAPS]

April 1865. Richmond, Virginia. “The Old Stone House — so-called ‘Washington’s headquarters,’ 1916 East Main Street.” Wet plate glass negative.

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On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 15, 2020!

APRIL 15, 2020

Today is:

ASL Day — American Sign Language Day; learn some simple signs and open up a whole new world of communication!

National Banana Day — Celebrate that long, yellow fruit loved by monkeys and toddlers everywhere.  Try one fresh out of the peel or in your favorite recipe.

National Rubber Eraser Day — The unsung hero of test takers with a Number 2 pencil everywhere!

School Librarians’ Day — Time to toot our own horn.  We are the keepers of resources, and the finders of all the things.  Sometimes unseen and unnoticed, but always vital to the school community.

World Art Day — (AKA Art History Day) Appreciate some great artwork from around the world.  Countless museums are offering virtual tours, or check out this blog’s daily art section!



LEONARDO DA VINCI (1452-1519) — Italian painter, sculptor, architect, and inventor.
CHARLES WILSON PEALE (1741-1827) — American painter and soldier famous for his portraits of American Revolutionary leaders.
HENRY JAMES  (1843-1916) — American novelist & short story writer (The Portrait of a Lady, The Turn of the Screw)
NIKITA KHRUSHCHEV (1894-1971) — Russian general and politician, 7th Premier of the Soviet Union
KIM IL-SUNG (1912-1994) –North Korean general and politician. 1st Supreme Leader of North Korea
SETH ROGEN  (1982) — American actor, screenwriter,  comedian & producer (Pineapple Express, Knocked Up, Steve Jobs)
EMMA WATSON (1990) — English actress. (Harry Potter, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Beauty and the Beast)




1783 – The preliminary articles of peace ending the American Revolution are ratified by Congress.
1865 – President Abraham Lincoln dies after being shot by John Wilkes Booth the previous evening.  Andrew Johnson assumes the presidency upon his death.
1892 – The General Electric Company is founded in Schenectady, NY.
1924Rand McNally published its first road atlas
1947 Jackie Robinson debuts with the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first African-American player in Major League Baseball.
1955 – A McDonald’s restaurant franchise location is opened by Ray Kroc in Des Plaines, Illinois, marking the “founding” of the fast food empire.
On This Day


APRIL 9, 2020

Today is:

National Cherish an Antique Day — Take a look around the house and find that antique you love or search online for a new find.

National Former Prisoner of War Remembrance Day — Take time today to remember and honor former prisoners of war from all conflicts.

National Unicorn Day — No matter the shape, size, or color — if it looks like a horse with a horn, today is its day!

National Name Yourself Day — If you don’t like your name, today is the day for you.  Whether you are legally changing it or just want something fancy for the day, you pick your own moniker today!




PAUL ROBESON (1898-1976) — American musician, actor, and political activist.
DENNIS QUAID (1954) — American actor (The Day After Tomorrow, Innerspace, Great Balls of Fire)
JOE SCARBOROUGH  (1963) — American politician, lawyer, and journalist (Morning Joe)



1585 – An expedition organized by Sir Walter Raleigh sets sail, landing on Roanoke Island and establishing the Roanoke Colony.  This colony will mysteriously disappear sometime before 1587.
1784 – The Treaty of Paris, ratified by Congress on January 14, is accepted and ratified by King George III of England, officially ending the American Revolution.
1865 – Robert E. Lee surrenders the Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, effectively ending the US Civil War.
1939 – African-American singer Marion Anderson holds a concert at the Lincoln Memorial after being denied use of Constitution Hall in Washington DC.
1969 – The Astrodome opens in Houston, Texas and with it the first indoor baseball game is played.