On September 1, 1983, the airwaves were abuzz with reports that a Korean Airlines flight that had either been shot down or forced down off the east coast of the Soviet Union. The New York Times noted that day: “Early reports said the plane ... had been forced down by Soviet Air Force planes and that all 240 passengers and 29 crew members were believed to be safe.”

On this day in 1787, the delegates at the Constitutional Convention debated state sovereignty and militias. Their thinking is very relevant to today.

On August 15, 2014, Texas Governor Rick Perry was indicted by a Travis County grand jury for allegedly misusing the veto power granted to him by the state constitution. And on August 15, 1787, it was that very power — the power of the executive to negate acts of the legislature — that occupied the delegates’ time at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

When the Committee of Detail reported its recommended constitution to the Philadelphia Convention on August 6, 1787, many of the delegates were “amazed” at the “radical departure” from the Articles of Confederation.

War history is really the impersonal summation of the individual stories of every participant or victim. With the WWII generation dying off, it is important to compile those stories.

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