The discovery of the remains of England's notorious King Richard III will likely do little to change his historical reputation as a murdering usurper who took the throne through intrigue.
The ratification of the 16th Amendment — the income tax — caused profound changes throughout the United States. Not surprisingly, though the amendment was sold as a tax-the-rich plan, that wasn’t its real intention.
So great is the deference Americans pay to the office of president of the United States that it must be a rare event when a United States senator, summoned to the White House for a conference, pounds his fist on the president's desk and demands answers
Two hundred and twenty-nine years ago, General George Washington sat with his wife, Martha, inside his cold command tent in Newburgh, New York, promised her that he would be home for Christmas, and then sent her on ahead to Mt. Vernon.
If Washington was going to keep his promise, he had a few important tasks to accomplish. He was to accept the transfer of control of New York City from the English, say goodbye to his men, and probably most important in Washington’s mind, he would officially resign his commission and give his final report to Congress then meeting in Annapolis, Maryland — and he would do it all in less than one month.