Today in HisStory August 2

In the Second Punic War, during the Battle of Cannae, the Carthaginian army led by Hannibal defeated numerically superior Roman army. (216 BC)

King William II of England was killed by an arrow shot by Sir Walter Tyrell while hunting in the New Forest. (1100)

James Abbes was martyred by being burned at the stake during Queen Mary of Tudor’s reign. (1555)

Henry Hudson entered what would later be called Hudson Bay for the first time. (1610)

US Revolutionary War:  US Declaration of Independence was formally signed by 56 people. (1776)

US Revolutionary War:  George Washington created an honorary badge of distinction. (1782)

In the first US Census, the population was 3,939,214 including 697,624 slaves. (1790)

Napoleon was declared Consul for Life. (1802)

First parachute jump in US took place. (1819)

In the Battle of Bad Axe, Wisconsin, 1,300 Illinois militia defeated Sauk and Fox Native Americans ending the Black Hawk War. (1832)

Lewis Carroll published Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. (1865)

First roller skating rink opened in London. (1875)

Wild Bill Hickok was murdered. (1876)

Army Air Corps formed as Army took the first delivery from Wright Brothers. (1909)

First Lincoln head pennies were issued. (1909)

WW1: Germany and Turkey signed a secret treaty of alliance. (1914)

WW1: Great Britain mobilized for war. (1914)

Carl David Anderson discovered and photographed a positron, positive electron. It was the first known antiparticle. (1932)

WW2: Adolf Hitler became commander-in-chief of German armed forces. (1934)

Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 is passed in America, essentially rendering marijuana and all its by-products illegal (1937)

Hatch Act prohibits political activity by federal workers (1939)

WW2: Clermont-Ferrand, the capital of Nazi occupied France, sentences General Charles de Gaulle to death (1940)

Potsdam Conference between Joseph Stalin, Harry Truman and Winston Churchill ends Goals establishment of post-war order, peace treaty issues, and countering the effects of the war(1945)

Vietnam War: North Vietnam fires on a US destroyer in the Gulf of Tonkin incident which would eventually escalate US involvement in the Vietnam War (1964)

Iraq invades Kuwait (1990)

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About Tamera Lynn Kraft

Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures and writes Christian historical fiction set in America because there are so many adventures in American history. She is married to the love of her life, has two grown children, and lives in Akron, Ohio. Soldier’s Heart and A Christmas Promise are two of her historical novellas that have been published. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest.
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