November 23, 2019

Preview of our 2019 special offers for the holidays

Last night we made a video announcing our holiday offer of a choice of six different gifts for orders made before midnight Eastern on Monday, December 2. This coming Monday, November 25, we'll post the video and send out email to everyone, but I wanted you to know in advance.

In fact, we made a second video for you, our biggest supporters.  I wanted to tell you not only about those holiday offers, but also highlight four special products that we're almost out of so you'll have the first chance at them: 

So watch the video, and you'll find additional details on the six free gifts here.

And finally, our newest gift: The gift of History Camp with a gift certificate good for any History Camp. Next year History Camps will be held in Boston, Holyoke, MA, Philadelphia, Fairfax, VA, Des Moines, and Denver. The gift recipient can pick their camp and the year they want to attend. They will get a History Camp t-shirt, full registration to any one of these History Camps or any History Camp in the future, and merchandise from The History List store.

Thanks for your continued support of The History List. 

Happy Thanksgiving.

— Lee Wright  |  Founder  |  The History List  |  History Camp













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January 1, 2020

Notable anniversaries in US history this month

March 2020

  • 55th anniversary of Operation Rolling Thunder beginning on March 2, 1965.  The operation was a sustained aerial bombardment lasting over three years
  • 200th anniversary of the Missouri Compromise being passed by Congress on March 3, 1820 
  • 75th anniversary of Finland declaring war on Germany on March 3, 1945 
  • 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre on March 5, 1770 
  • 200th anniversary of President Monroe signing the Missouri Compromise on March 6, 1820 
  • 55th anniversary of Marines landing at Da Nang on March 8, 1965 
  • 75th anniversary of the Firebombing of Tokyo on March 9, 1945 
  • 90th anniversary of Gandhi starting his 241 mile march on March 12, 1930 
  • 70th anniversary of the first ever FBI “10 most wanted list” is published on March 14, 1950 
  • 200th anniversary of Maine entering the Union on March 15, 1820 
  • 170th of Nathaniel Hawthorne publishing The Scarlet Letter on March 16, 1850
  • 75th anniversary of Victory at Iwo Jima on March 16, 1945
  • 95th anniversary of the Tri-State Tornado, one of the deadliest tornadoes in US History on  March 18, 1925 
  • 155th anniversary of the Battle of Bentonville in North Carolina on March 19, 1865
  • 55th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March begins on March 21,1965
  • 255th anniversary of the Stamp Act on March 22, 1765
  • 75th anniversary of the Arab League being formed on March 22, 1945 
  • 245th anniversary of “Give me Liberty or Give me death” uttered by Patrick Henry on March 23, 1775 
  • 45th anniversary of Ho Chi Minh Campaign (under the 1975 Spring Offensive) launched on March 24, 1975 
  • 255th anniversary of the Quartering Act on March 24, 1765 
  • 100th anniversary of F. Scott Fitzgerald publishing This Side of Paradise which launched him to fame on March 26, 1920 
  • 245th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson elected to the Continental Congress, March 27, 1775 
  • 155th Appomattox begins on March 29, 1865 
  • 75th anniversary of General Patton securing Frankfurt on March 29, 1945 
  • 150th anniversary of 15th Amendment being adopted on March, 30, 1870 
  • 55th anniversary of U.S. Embassy in Saigon attack on March 30, 1965 
  • 245th anniversary of the New England Restraining Act on March 30, 1775



  • 320th anniversary of April Fool’s Day taking off (this is not a joke) on April 1, 1700 
  • 75th anniversary of Combat troops landing on Okinawa on April 1, 1945 
  • 160th anniversary of the The Pony Express beginning on April 3, 1860 
  • 155th anniversary of the capture of Richmond on April 3, 1865 
  • 65th anniversary of Churchill retired as Prime Minister on  April 5, 1955 
  • 75th anniversary of Allies sinking the Yamato, a major Japanese Battleship on April 7, 1945 
  • 85th anniversary of the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act signed on April 8, 1935 
  • 155th anniversary of Robert E. Lee’s surrender on  April 9, 1865 
  • 80th anniversary of Germany invading Norway and Denmark on April 9 1940 
  • 50th anniversary of the Apollo 13 launch on April 11, 1970 
  • 75th anniversary of Buchenwald liberation on April 11, 1945 
  • 75th anniversary of the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt on April 12, 1945
  • 250th anniversary of the Townshend Act repeal on April 12, 1770 
  • 150th anniversary of the MOMA (Museum of Metropolitan Art) opening on April 13, 1870 (150 years)
  • 155th anniversary of President Lincoln assassination on April 14, 1865 
  • 85th anniversary of “Black Sunday” Dust Bowl on April 14, 1935 
  • 230th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s death on April 17, 1790 
  • 245th anniversary of Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride on April 18, 1775 
  • 245th anniversary of the Battle of Lexington on April 19, 1775 
  • 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995 
  • 75th anniversary of Operation Corncob, which was an Allied bombing missing to destroy bridges in Italy on April 20, 1945 
  • 50th anniversary of the First Earth Day on  April 22, 1970 
  • 105th anniversary of Germany’s first major use of Chlorine Gas on April 22, 1915 
  • 220th anniversary of the Library of Congress on April 24, 1800 
  • 155th anniversary of the killing of John Wilkes Booth on  April 26, 1865 
  • 105th anniversary of the Treaty of London signed on April 26, 1915. The Treat of London was a secret treaty between Italy and France, Britain and Russia to bring Italy into WWI
  • 215th anniversary of Marines landing on Tripoli on April 27, 1805 
  • 155th anniversary of the steamboat Sultana explosion, killing mostly Union soldiers returning home from the Civil War April 27, 1865. Many Confederate veterans living on the banks of the Mississippi offered aid. 
  • 75th anniversary of Mussolini’s execution on April 28, 1945 
  • 75th anniversary of the liberation of Dachau on April 29, 1945 
  • 75th anniversary of Hitler’s suicide on April 30, 1945 
  • 45th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon and South Vietnam surrenders on April 30, 1975



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November 1, 2018

Notable anniversaries in US history in November 2018

100th anniversary of the end of World War I on November 11, 1918 

↣ Read more and get suggestions of events and places to visit.

155th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863 

↣ Read more and get suggestions of events and places to visit.

55th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963

↣ Read more and get suggestions of events and places to visit.

75th anniversary of the Battle of Tarawa on November 20-23, 1943

300th anniversary of Blackbeard's death on November 22, 1718

235th anniversary of the last British Revolutionary War soldier leaving the United States on November 25, 1783

155th anniversary of the Battle of Missionary Ridge during the Civil War on November 25, 1863

150th anniversary of the Battle of Washita River during the Civil War on November 27, 1868

75th anniversary of the Tehran Conference during World War II with President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin, and Winston Churchill on November 28, 1943


↣ Our top 10 list includes more historical background and travel suggestions of where to visit and when, including special anniversary events.



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February 3, 2020

Gifts for History Teachers

Show your appreciation for history teachers by giving them the perfect history-related presents. This history teacher gift list includes history classroom decorations, history t-shirts and clothing, history mugs, signed history books, and other gift ideas that history teachers will truly appreciate.

A historic print will be a perfect addition to every history classroom, such as the Boston broadside "Decaration of Independence" from the printing Office of Edes & Gill. Pair it with a pre-ratification broadside of the "U.S. Constitution", for a savings of $5.00. These historic documents are printed by hand


"Declaration of Independence" and "US Constitution" from The Printing Office of Edes & Gill

History teachers will also love these history posters for the classroom. We have the "Revolutionary Superheroes" Poster featuring Abigail and John Adams, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Alexander Hamilton.

"Revolutionary Superheroes" poster

You may also purchase our new Mayflower Passengers Infographic Poster, together with the "Revolutionary Superheroes" Poster and save $5.00. The Mayflower Infographic Poster shows a list of the Mayflower Passengers and those who made it to the First Thanksgiving in 1621.

Poster of the Mayflower Passengers and those who made it to the First Thanksgiving in 1621.

These history coffee mugs come in two original designs, "We hold these truths - July 4, 1776" Mug and the "History Nerd" Mug with Ben Franklin surrounded by 25 of his witty, inspirational quotes.

History Mugs from The History List

Our "History Teacher" shirts with Ben Franklin are well-loved by history teachers. It comes in two styles - as a crewneck for men and women and in a women's v-neck shirt.

"History Teacher" with Ben Franklin shirts

The "Revolutionary Superheroes" Pocket notebooks and the "1776” Note cards with envelopes which comes in a set of 6.

Revolutionary Superheroes Pocket Notebook and 1776 Note Card from The History List


History teachers will take delight in receiving our most-loved stickers and magnets in one pack. Choose between our “History Lover” sticker and magnet pack"Revolutionary War" Sticker pack, and "History Major" sticker pack.


History nerd stickers and magnets

Find all these great gift ideas and more at The History List store

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November 22, 2018

The 55th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963

November 22, 2018 marks the 55th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963.  He was the fourth president martyred. (Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield, and William McKinley were the three previous presidents killed by assassins.)

President Kennedy planned a two-day, five-city tour of Texas in advance of the presidential election in 1964. Jackie was with him. It was The First Lady's first extended public appearance since the death of their son in August.

Kennedy stopped in San Antonio and Fort Worth before arriving in Dallas. As the motorcade drove through downtown Dallas, at 12:30 pm shots were fired that struck the president and Texas Governor John Connally, who was seated in front of the president in an open limousine.  

The president was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1 pm.  

At 2:38 pm, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson took the oath of office aboard Air Force One, becoming the 36th President of the United States. Jackie, her suite stained with her husband's blood, stood nearby.

Choosing the location for burial

The Arlington National Cemetery site puts the selection of the cemetery for his grave in historical context:

There are only two U.S. presidents buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The other is William Howard Taft, who died in 1930.

Though Kennedy is buried at Arlington, at the time of his death, many believed that he would be buried in Brookline, Mass. Woodrow Wilson was the only other president besides Taft who had been buried outside of his native state and in the National Capital Region. President Wilson is buried at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, in consultation with Robert F. Kennedy and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, approved burial of the president at Arlington National Cemetery with the gravesite below Arlington House.

On Nov. 25, 1963, at 3 p.m., the state funeral of President Kennedy began.

Among the mourners at Kennedy's grave site were President Charles de Gaulle of France, Chancellor Ludwig Erhard of the Federal Republic of Germany, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia and Prince Philip of the United Kingdom. Overhead, 50 Navy and Air Force jets flew past the gravesite followed by the president's plane, Air Force One, which dipped its wing in final tribute.

The initial plot was 20 feet by 30 feet and was surrounded by a white picket fence. During the first year often more than 3,000 people an hour visited the Kennedy gravesite, and on weekends an estimated 50,000 people visited. Three years after Kennedy's death, more than 16 million people had come to visit the Kennedy plot.

Because of the large crowds, cemetery officials and members of the Kennedy family decided that a more suitable site should be constructed. Construction began in 1965 and was completed July 20, 1967. Lighted by Mrs. Kennedy during the funeral, the Eternal Flame burns from the center of a five-foot circular flat-granite stone at the head of the grave.

Recollections from newsmen there that day

At the time, legendary newsmen Bob Schieffer was working for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Jim Lehrer was working for the Dallas Times-Herald. In this video, Lehrer describes the "bubble top" that sometimes covered the limousine and Schieffer recalls getting a call from Oswald's mother, who asked for a ride to the police station.

While the official report on the assisnation is known as the Warren Commission Report (full text), more than 40,000 books have been written on the assassination. The Guardian reviewed some of them last year.

Museum and historic sites


— Larisa Moran, Regional Editor, The History List

For more major history events, see our History Lists section of the site.



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