Today in HisStory – March 31

Bernard of Clairvaux preached his famous sermon in a field at Vézelay, urging the necessity of a Second Crusade. Louis VII was present and joined the Crusade. (1146)

Ferdinand and Isabella banished all Jews from Spain who did not convert to Christianity. (1492)

During British Civil War, English Parliament made the Humble Petition to Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell offering him the crown. He declined. (1657)

American Revolutionary War: Abigail Adams wrote to her husband, John Adams, urging him and the other members of the Continental Congress not to forget about the nation’s women when fighting for America’s independence from Great Britain. (1776)

Following a rebellion attempt, soldiers of the Ottoman Empire massacred the population of the Greek island of Chios. (1822)

The first monthly installment of The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club by 24-year-old writer Charles Dickens was published. It was Dickens’ first novel. (1836)

US Civil War: Confederacy took over the US Mint at New Orleans. (1861)

Thomas P Mundy of Perth Amboy, New Jersey became the first black to vote in US. (1870)

Eiffel Tower officially opened in Paris. For 41 years, it was the tallest man-made structure. (1889)

First daylight savings time in US went into effect. (1918)

British parliament accepted Irish Home Rule law. (1920)

The Motion Pictures Production Code was instituted, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion and violence in film for the next thirty eight years. (1930)

Congress authorized the Civilian Conservation Corps. (1933)

WW2: German Republic gave power to Hitler. (1933)

WW2: Great Britain and France agreed to support Poland if invaded by Germany. (1939)

WW2: US Congress passed the Marshall Aid Act to rehabilitate war-torn Europe. (1948)

US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare were established. (1953)

US Navy formed the atomic submarine division. (1958)

Vietnam War: US ordered the first combat troops to Vietnam. (1965)

The Mississippi River reaches its peak level in St. Louis during a record 77-day flood. (1973)

The Warsaw Pact, the military alliance between the Soviet Union and its eastern European satellites, came to an end. (1991)


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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