Today in History: May 9th

May 9th, 2016

In 1862, General David Hunter, Union commander of the Department of the South, issued orders to free the slaves in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. He did this without congressional or presidential approval. Ten days later, these orders were countermanded by President Lincoln.

Mother’s Day

May 8th, 2016

Happy Mother’s Day!


Happy Birthday Harry S. Truman!

May 8th, 2016

Harry Truman:

Born on May 8, 1884. If still alive today he would be 132 years old!

Presidential Term: 1945-1953

Fun Facts:

-Truman made the fateful decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan. World War II ended days later. Truman also led the U.S. during the Korean War (1950-1953).

-On his desk, Truman had a plaque that said “The Buck Stops Here.”


Locals Receive Free Admission

May 6th, 2016
Key West Residents that sign up for the Hometown Pass program will receive free admission to Harry Truman’s Little White House when accompanied by a guest who has purchased a FULL FARE ADULT TICKET.
***Tickets may not be purchase online and must be purchased from a Historic Tours of America attractions booth.***
Sign-up for the Hometown Pass program here

Today in History: May 2nd

May 2nd, 2016

In 2011, U.S. Special Ops killed Osama bin Laden during a raid on his secret compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. This raid marked the culmination of a decade-long manhunt for the leader of the al-Qaeda terrorist organization based in the Middle East. Bin Laden had ordered the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Happy Birthday James Monroe!

April 28th, 2016

James Monroe:

Born on April 28th, 1758. If still alive today he would be 258 years old!

Presidential Term: 1817-1825

Fun Facts:

-Monroe lived out his retirement in poverty.

-His term is called the “Era of Good Feeling” because there was little partisan fighting. He formulated the Monroe Doctrine, which declared the Americas off-limits to European meddling.

ca. 1817-1825 --- A portrait of James Monroe (1758-1831), the fifth president of the United States, made during his presidency.  He served as President from 1817-1825. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

ca. 1817-1825 — A portrait of James Monroe (1758-1831), the fifth president of the United States, made during his presidency. He served as President from 1817-1825. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Happy Birthday Ulysses S. Grant

April 27th, 2016

Ulysses S. Grant:

Born on April 27, 1822. If still alive he would be 194 years old!

Presidential Term: 1869-1877

Fun Facts:

-Grant was born Hiram Ulysses Grant, but an error on his application to West Point changed his name to Ulysses Simpson Grant. He liked the initials so much that he kept the name.

-Grant was the top Union military hero of the Civil War. His two terms were marred by scandals.


Happy Birthday James Buchanan!

April 23rd, 2016

James Buchanan:

Born on April 23, 1791. If still alive today he would be 225 years old!

Presidential Term: 1857-1861

Fun Facts:

-Buchanan was the only bachelor to ever serve in the White House.

-Buchanan tried in vain to find a compromise to keep the South from seceding from the Union, but failed.


Earth Day

April 22nd, 2016

Happy Earth Day!


Today in History: April 18th

April 18th, 2016

In 1775, Paul Revere and William Dawes went out on the Midnight Ride to warn the patriots at Lexington and Concord of the British approaching.

In 1906, The San Francisco Earthquake struck around 5 AM, followed by a fire from overturned wooden stoves and broken gas pipes. It took 3 days to extinguish the fire which caused over 10,000 acres of destruction and took 4,000 lives.

In 1942 was the first mainland air raid on Japan during WWII. Though damage was minimal, the raid boosted allied morale following years of unchecked Japanese military advances.

In 1982, Queen Elizabeth II of England signed the Canadian Constitution Act of 1982- this replaced the British North American Actor 1867 and provided Canada with a new set of laws and Civil Rights.