On this day. 1732: George Washington was born. He was the first president of the United States, serving between 1789-97. Washington was also the commander of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War from 1775-83. Because of his significant role in the American revolution and in the formation of the United States, Washington is often referred to as "Father of His Country." A few misconceptions about George Washington: The famous "cherry tree incident" never happened, and he never had wooden teeth (he wore a series of dentures made from metal and cow or hippotamus bone.)
On this day. 1974: A man attempted to hijack a plane flying out of Baltimore-Washington Airport and crash into the White House. The attempted hijacking left a police officer and pilot dead. The suspect, Samuel Byck, said he wanted to kill President Nixon. Byck, who called his plot "Operation Pandora Box," committed suicide. The attempted hijacking — the second aviation scare involving the White House in less than a week — prompted Secret Service to upgrade White House air defense systems.
Quote of the day
"Let your discourse with men of business be short and comprehensive." -George Washington
More from West Wing Reports...
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- 7 things the world's happiest people do every day
- Israel has only two choices: Eliminate the Palestinians or make peace
- Why are so many parents being arrested?
- 9 things you probably didn't know about the moon
- 7 grammar rules you really should pay attention to
- The biggest lesson Obama failed to learn from Bush
- 10 burning questions you've always wanted to ask about investing
- Why America is duty bound to help Iraqi Christians
- 10 things you need to know today: July 22, 2014
- 29 adorable slang terms for sex (from the last 600 years)
Subscribe to the Week