July 3, 1775: Washington Takes Command of Continental Army

7-3-16 9:00 AM EST: "On this day in 1775, George Washington rides out in front of the American troops gathered at Cambridge common in Massachusetts and draws his sword, formally taking command of the Continental Army. Washington, a prominent Virginia planter and veteran of the French and Indian War, had been appointed commander in chief by the Continental Congress two weeks before. In agreeing to serve the American colonies in their war for independence, he declined to accept payment for his services beyond reimbursement of future expenses.

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6:30 AM, June 4, 1942, WWII, The Battle at Midway Begins!

6-4-16 2:17 PM EST: As the sun rises on June 4, 1942, the Battle at Midway begins. Washington D.C. thinks the Japanese will next attack the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. The code breakers in Hawaii think otherwise. They also keenly feel the need to redeem themselves for missing Pearl Harbor, and one of the leaders of that code-breaking team is spoken of extensively in this video.

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June 18, The War of 1812 Begins: This Day in History!

6-18-16 9:21 AM EST: "The day after the Senate followed the House of Representatives in voting to declare war against Great Britain, President James Madison signs the declaration into law–and the War of 1812 begins. The American war declaration, opposed by a sizable minority in Congress, had been called in response to the British economic blockade of France, the induction of American seaman into the British Royal Navy against their will, and the British support of hostile Indian tribes along the Great Lakes frontier. A faction of Congress known as the “War Hawks” had been advocating war with Britain for several years and had not hidden their hopes that a U.S. invasion of Canada might result in significant territorial land gains for the United States.

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