May 14, 1948: A New Nation Sparks A Big War

The 1948 Arab-Israeli War, also known as the War of Independence or Nakba , depending on one’s perspective, erupted immediately following the declaration of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948, and lasted until early 1949. It marked the culmination of decades of tensions between…

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October 10, 1845: America Gets Serious About The Seas

On October 10, 1845, the United States Naval School opened in Annapolis, Maryland, with 50 midshipmen students and seven professors. The curriculum included mathematics and navigation, gunnery and steam, chemistry, English, natural philosophy, and French. “When the founders of the United States Naval Academy…

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June 10, 1898: The United States Invades Cuba

On June 10, 1898, U.S. Marines landed at Guantánamo Bay, fighting a war against Spain and challenging their colonial rule in the Caribbean. The Battle of Guantanamo Bay, on the southeastern coast of Cuba, served as a significant start to the Spanish-American War. The battle lasted for…

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