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On this day in history, Sept. 28, 1781, the Siege of Yorktown begins

The Siege of Yorktown, Virginia, the decisive battle in America’s shocking triumph over the mighty British Empire in its War of Independence, began on this day in history, Sept. 28,…

On this day in history, Sept. 27, 1779, John Adams assigned to lead peace talks with England

John Adams, the bookish and brilliant Founding Father who gave both the American Revolution and constitutional government their intellectual foundations, was chosen by the Continental Congress to lead peace talks…

On this day in history, Sept. 26, 1960, Kennedy and Nixon battle in first televised presidential debate

American political and broadcast history unfolded on this day in history, Sept. 26, 1960, as Vice President Richard Nixon, a California Republican, and Sen. John F. Kennedy, a Massachusetts Democrat,…

On this day in history, Sept. 23, 1806, Lewis and Clark return to St. Louis as heroes after journey

U.S. Army Captain Meriwether Lewis, 2nd Lt. William Clark and their Corps of Discovery returned to St. Louis to a hero’s welcome after their epic journey to the Pacific Ocean…

On this day in history, Sept. 22, 1862, Abraham Lincoln proclaims slaves will soon be ‘forever free’

Abraham Lincoln is responsible for one of the boldest and most far-reaching uses of executive powers in American history by his announcement that enslaved people would soon be “forever free”…

On this day in history, Sept. 20, 1973, tennis star Billie Jean King wins ‘Battle of the Sexes’

Trailblazing female tennis star Billie Jean King beat former men’s champ, “boorish” Bobby Riggs, in a highly publicized match, the so-called “Battle of the Sexes,” on this day in history,…

On this day in history, Sept. 19, 1796, President George Washington issues Farewell Address

A prophetic father of his country, President George Washington issued his Farewell Address as he approached the end of his second term in office on this day in history, Sept.…

The American Legion turns 103: A brief history of the organization formed to aid WWI veterans

America’s boldest advocate for military veterans is celebrating 103 years of service. Congress officially chartered the American Legion on Sept. 16, 1919, to serve veterans, service members and communities following…

On this day in history, Sept. 16, 1620, Mayflower departs Plymouth, England

The Mayflower, a leaky 80-foot-long British cargo ship carrying 102 passengers who were determined to build a new society “for the glory of God,” departed from Plymouth, England on this…