On This Day

Washington’s longest-running construction project kicks off…on this day

On this day in 1907, construction began on the National Cathedral in Washington. Its completion more than eight decades later, in 1990, was the culmination...
Kennedy and Nixon speak before their presidential debate

First TV debate revolutionizes political campaigning…on this day

On September 26, 1960, television emerged as the decisive medium for voters trying to decide which presidential candidate to support. Then-Senator John F. Kennedy...
Soldiers escort the Little Rock Nine to school in Arkansas

Nine brave students stand up to racial segregation…on this day

Can you imagine armed troops escorting you to school? On September 24, 1957, President Dwight Eisenhower ordered the U.S. military to escort nine black...
Harvard graduates wave inflatable globes at their commencement ceremony

First students graduate from a U.S. university…on this day

Many international students consider Harvard University to be among the most prestigious colleges in the United States. Did you know that it is also...
A Peace Corps volunteer explains the nutrition to boys in Senegal

Happy birthday to the Peace Corps…on this day

On September 22, 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed into law the Peace Corps Act, making good on a promise to seek Americans “from...