On this day in history…
—1845 – The Poem, “The Raven” is published by Edgar Allan Poe (in the
New York Evening Mirror)
—1856 – Queen Victoria institutes the Victoria Cross, highest military decoration
awarded for valour “in the face of the enemy” in the UK and many of the
—1907 – Charlis Curtis (who would later go on to become Vice President)
becomes the first native American Senator.
A classic of literature was published, a more proper honoring of our heroes is instituted, and a sadly overlooked inspirational event all occurred on this day.