Introducing the #OTD20 Series

Journey Through the 20th Century, One Day at a Time

We're excited to announce a brand new mini-feature on our website: the #OTD20 Series. 'OTD' is 'On This Day,' and each day we'll take you back through the twentieth century to chronicle a significant event.

What to Expect from the #OTD20 Series

Several times each week, we'll feature a new post that explores a noteworthy moment from the past. From the signing of pivotal legislation to the rise and fall of world leaders to groundbreaking achievements in sports, science, and the arts, the #OTD20 series is designed to both educate and engage. Each post includes:

  • A concise, well-researched blog post
  • A classroom-appropriate video short
  • A social media post to share the knowledge far and wide.
  • Links to additional resources for further research or reading.

Why #OTD20?

In an era overwhelmed by information, knowing our history is more critical than ever. #OTD20 aims to make history accessible and relevant, providing context to our present day. It's perfect for educators looking for classroom kick-offs, history buffs wanting to deepen their knowledge, or anyone interested in learning something new every day.

How to Follow Along

The easiest way to keep up with #OTD20 is to bookmark our dedicated #OTD20 home page, where all our posts will be curated. You can also follow us on Facebook or Instagram where daily updates will be shared.

Join Us

We invite you to join us on this journey through history. Whether you're a teacher, student, or just someone who loves history, there's something here for everyone.

Let’s rediscover our past, one day at a time.


Step back in time to experience the significant events that happened on this day in the 20th century.

a World War I-era British Mark I tank climbing a hill

September 15, 1916: First Use of Tanks in Combat

#OTD20 — September 15, 1916: History is made as military tanks roll into combat for the first time during the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, part of the Somme Offensive.

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September 13, 1948: Margaret Chase Smith Elected to Senate

#OTD20 — September 10, 1948: Margaret Chase Smith is elected to the U.S. making her the first woman to serve in both chambers of Congress.

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September 12, 1962: JFK Pledges “We Go to the Moon…”

#OTD20 — September 12, 1962: JFK delivers his “We Go to the Moon” address at Rice University, challenging the nation to land a man on the moon within the decade.

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September 11, 1973: Coup Topples Government in Chile

#OTD20 — September 11, 1973: a military coup topples the democratically-elected government in Chile.

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September 9, 1916. Woodrow Wilson Urges Patience on Women’s Suffrage

#OTD20 — September 9, 1916: President Woodrow Wilson speaks in Atlantic City, urging patience on the issue of women’s suffrage.

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September 8, 1945. Korea Partitioned at 38th Parallel

#OTD20 — September 8, 1945: American troops arrive in Korea, initiating the division of the peninsula along the 38th parallel.

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1930s politician Huey Long standing in a doorway and smiling

September 8, 1945: Huey “The Kingfish” Long Shot

#OTD20 — September 10, 1935: Senator Huey Long, a prominent figure during the Depression-era politics, is shot while at the Louisiana state capital in Baton Rouge.

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September 7, 1940. Luftwaffe attacks. London Blitz Begins.

#OTD20 — September 7, 1940: The Blitz of London begins as the German Luftwaffe launches a devastating attack on the city. By day’s end, one thousand Londoners are dead.

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President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill on Christmas Eve, 1941, standing at a White House podium weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor, with an NBC microphone and a man in the foreground.

Introducing #OTD20: Your Daily Dose of History

Join us as we unveil our #OTD20 Series—a daily exploration of significant events from the past. Perfect for educators, history buffs, and the eternally curious.

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