Drink of the Day

Unknown-Unknowns

There are many lessons I have learned as I move forward in the execution of my dream and opening the distillery. One of the lessons I learned was summed up in 2002 by former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. In …

Jackie Robinson’s Major League Debut

On this day in 1947, Jackie Robinson, age 28, becomes the first African-American player in Major League Baseball when he steps onto Ebbets Field in Brooklyn to compete for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson broke the color barrier in a sport …

Eternal Patrol and Sacrifice

On this day, April 10, 1963, USS Thresher (SSN-593) began a series of sea trial exercises, accompanied by the submarine escort ship Skylark. The exercises were conducted at the end of a major ship overhaul performed at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard …

Barry Sadler’s “Ballad of the Green Berets”

It is due in large part to Hollywood, that America’s collective memory of the Vietnam War is now inextricably linked with the popular music of that era. Most of those links are with the music of the late-60s counterculture and …

Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea

Ernest Hemingway completes his short novel The Old Man and the Sea. He wrote his publisher the same day, saying he had finished the book and that it was the best writing he had ever done. The critics agreed: …

Copernicus, Sun, Earth, and Sweet Science

CopernicusOn February 19, 1473, Nicolaus Copernicus is born in Torun, a city in north-central Poland on the Vistula River. The father of modern astronomy, he was the first modern European scientist to propose that Earth and other planets revolve around …

The Medal of Honor

The earliest military action to be revered with a Medal of Honor award is performed by Colonel Bernard J.D. Irwin, an assistant army surgeon serving in the first major U.S.-Apache conflict on this day, Feb 13th, 1861.

COL Irwin, an …

Founding of the USO

On this day in 1941, the United Service Organization (USO) was founded.
USO
As it became clear that the United States was destined to enter World War II, organizations across the country began to mobilize to support the growing military. These …

Hometown History

It is amazing to me that sometimes history sits right before our eyes and we fail to realize it. I grew up in North Carolina and often drove across a bridge on 421 over the Yadkin River and have even

Happy Birthday Russian vodka! (But not really)

Happy Birthday Russian vodka! (But not really…)

On this day, in 1865, renowned chemist Dmitry Mendeleev defended his doctoral dissertation, “On Combining Water and Alcohol,” in which he began the exploration of the ratios, concentration and weights of various concentrations, …


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