Shays’ Rebellion

On this day in 1786, Massachusetts farmers arm themselves, rebel against taxation under the Articles of Confederation.

Howard Zinn Born

On this day in 1922, Howard Zinn, a historian, author, professor, playwright, and activist, was born in Brooklyn.

Forty-Three Black Soldiers Stage Sit-In at Ft. Hood

On this day in 1068, when the “Fort Hood 43” refused to board a plane to Chicago for riot-control duty against fellow African Americans, their non-violent act became one of the largest demonstrations of dissent in U.S. military history.

Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

On this day in 1964, the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was passed without a single dissent in the House of Representatives, and only two no votes in the Senate.

Civil Rights Workers Bodies Found

On Aug. 4, 1964, the bodies of three lynched civil rights workers (James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman) were found.