Today in HisStory – April 2

Explorer Juan Ponce de León claimed Florida for Spain. He was the first known European to set foot on Florida. (1513)

The Coinage Act was passed establishing the United States Mint and authorizing the $10 Eagle, $5 half-Eagle & 2.50 quarter-Eagle gold coins & silver dollar, ½ dollar, quarter, dime, and half-dime. (1792)

Hans Christian Andersen was born. (1805)

US inventor Joseph Dixon of Salem, Massachusetts began manufacturing lead pencils. (1827)

US Civil War: Responding to acute food shortages, hundreds of women rioted in Richmond, Virginia demanding the Confederate Government release emergency supplies. (1863)

US Civil War: Battle of Petersburg ended as the Army of Northern Virginia was forced to retreat under heavy fire from a general Union offensive. (1865)

US Civil War: Confederate President Jefferson Davis fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia. (1865)

US Civil War: In the Battle of Selma, Alabama, Union forces broke Confederates defenses to secure the town. (1865)

US Civil War: Battle of Fort Blakely Alabama was the last major battle of the US Civil War. (1865)

US Civil War: US US President Andrew Johnson officially ended the war in Alalama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. (1866)

Mordecai Ham, evangelist who led Billy Graham to Christ, was born. (1877)

First Easter egg roll was held on White House lawn. (1877)

London prison for debtors was forever closed. (1884)

Electric Theatre, the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opened in Los Angeles, California. (1902)

Esther Morris, the first woman judge in US history, died in Cheyenne, Wyoming (1902)

Mills Committee declared baseball was invented by Abner Doubleday. (1908)

Assemblies of God were organized. (1914)

WW1: US President Wilson asked US Congress to declare war against Germany. (1917)

Jeannette Rankin began her term as the first woman member of US House of Representatives. (1917)

Albert Einstein lectured in New York City on his new Theory of Relativity. (1921)

Teenage girl struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game in Chattanooga, Tennessee. (1931)

Charles Lindbergh turned over $50,000 as ransom for his kidnapped son. (1932)

Scottish physicist Robert Watson-Watt received a British patents for RADAR. (1935)

Soviet Union’s Luna 10 became the first spacecraft to orbit Moon. (1966)

Vietnam War: Thousands of civilian refugees fled from the Quang Ngai Province in front of advancing North Vietnamese troops. (1975)

Several thousand Argentine troops seized the Falkland Islands from Great Britain. (1982)

Four US passengers were killed by a bomb at TWA counter Athens Airport, Greece. (1986)


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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