Today in HisStory – March 23

Waltham Abbey in Essex became the last monastery in England to transfer its allegiance from the Catholic Church to the newly-established Church of England. (1540)

English Puritans John Greenwood and Henry Barrow were  tried and sentenced to death on the charge of devising and circulating seditious books. (1593)

In London, composer George Frederic Handel’s famous oratorio Messiah was performed for the first time. (1744)

American Revolutionary War: Patrick Henry made his “Give me liberty or give me death” speech. (1775)

First recorded use of “OK”, oll korrect, was in Boston’s Morning Post. (1839)

Draper took the first successful photo of the Moon. (1840)

Elisha Otis installed his first elevator at 488 Broadway in New York City. (1857)

Streetcar was patented. (1858)

US Civil War: US Congress passed the second Reconstruction Act over President Andrew Johnson’s veto. (1867)

Mormon John Doyle Lee was executed by a firing squad for masterminding the Mountain Meadows Massacre which killed a wagon train of 127 Arkansas Methodist emigrants bound for California. (1877)

Flour rolling mill was patented. (1880)

Koldewey began excavation in ancient Babylon and unearthed many finds proving Biblical texts about the city. (1899)

Wright brothers obtained an airplane patent. (1903)

Tornadoes killed 211 over four days in Midwest US. (1917)

8th Congress of the Russian Communist Party re-established a five-member Politburo which became the center of political power in the Soviet Union. Original members were Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, Joseph Stalin, Lev Kamenev and Nikolai Krestinsky. (1919)

WW2: Benito Mussolini formed Fascist movement in Milan, Italy. (1919)

First telephone was installed in the White House. (1929)

WW2: German Reichstag granted Adolf Hitler dictatorial powers in the Enabling Act. (1933)

WW2: US moved native-born of Japanese ancestry into detention centers. (1942)

WW2: Royal Air Force gunner Nicholas Alkemade fell 5,500 meters out of a plane without a parachute over Nazi Germany and lived. (1944)

WW2: 1,500 US Navy ships bombed the Japanese island of Okinawa. This was the largest operation in the Pacific War. (1945)

US Supreme Court ruled states could require, with some exceptions, parental notification when teen-age girls sought abortions. (1981)

US President Ronald Reagan introduced the Strategic Defense Initiative known as Star Wars. (1983)


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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