Birth of the First Amendment

On this date August 4th, back in 1735, a German-American man named John Peter Zenger was acquitted of libel in colonial New York. Zenger was the writer of the New York Weekly Journal and had been charged with seditious libel by the royal governor. The jury found him innocent and concluded that “the truth is …

Columbus Sets Sail from Spain

On Aug. 3rd, back in 1492, many worlds began to end and others began anew as Christopher Columbus set sail from Spain on his first voyage. They spotted a “new world” later in October. In March of 1493 Columbus returned back to Spain. Upon his return, the Admiral of the Ocean Sea immediately wrote a …

Remembering TWA Flight 800

On July 17, back in 1996, just minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, TWA Flight 800, bound for Paris, exploded off the coast of Long Island. The plane split in two and crashed into the ocean killing all 230 passengers and crew. After an unprecedented four-year investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board …