July 1, 1863 Gettysburg, Pennsylvania The Battle of Gettysburg begins The Battle of Gettysburg had the largest number of casualties during the American Civil War, and is often called the turning point of the war. The Union suffered 23,049 casualties and injuries while the Confederates suffered approximately 23,000 to 28,000. This image, from the Library… Continue reading Colorized photograph of some of the victims of the Battle of Gettysburg
June 20, 1783 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Approximately 400 continental soldiers protest Congress, demanding payment for their services during the American Revolutionary War The soldiers had assembled the day before, growing in number from 80 to 400. On June 20, they blocked the doors to the Pennsylvania State House (now called Independence Hall) and secured some of… Continue reading Continental soldiers begin an armed protest against Congress after not receiving wages for their military services
June 8, 1972 Trảng Bàng, Vietnam 9-year-old Phan Thị Kim Phúc is photographed after being a victim of a napalm attack A South Vietnamese pilot mistook a group of fleeing South Vietnamese residents as an enemy group and attacked. The attack killed 4, including two of Kim Phúc’s cousins, and wounding many more. The bombing… Continue reading Iconic “Napalm Girl” photo taken after 9-year-old is badly burned in napalm attack
June 6, 1944 Normandy, France Operation Neptune (commonly called D-Day), the beginning of Operation Overload, is launched. By the end of the Operation on August 30, 1944, the Allies suffered between 225,606 and 226,386 casualties while Germany suffered roughly 400,000 to 530,000. Approximately 25,000 to 39,000 civilian deaths are also estimated.
May 5, 1945 Bly, Oregon A pregnant woman and 5 children are killed by a Japanese balloon bomb The bombs were sent by the Japanese military to the western coasts of the United States and Canada. The intent was to have a cheap, efficient, and stealthy weapon utilizing the jet streams over the Pacific Ocean… Continue reading 6 killed in Oregon by stray Japanese balloon bomb