Today in HisStory – April 3

Adolf Clarenbach, first martyr of the Protestant reformation, was arrested. (1520)

English Long Parliament passed the Self-Denying Ordinance which limited regional armies. This was a significant step toward the New Model Army. (1645)

English Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell refused the crown. (1657)

American Revolutionary War: General George Washington received an honorary Ll.D. degree from Harvard College. (1776)

American Revolutionary War: Congress authorized privateers to attack British vessels. (1776)

Pony Express was born. It lasted only a year. (1860)

US Civil War: Union forces occupied the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia. (1865)

A Hawaiian surfed on highest wave ever – a 50-foot tidal wave. (1868)

Wood block alarm was invented. When the alarm rang, it dropped 20 wood blocks. (1882)

Jesse James was murdered by Robert Ford at home in St Joseph, Missouri. (1886)

Highest mountain in North America, Alaska’s Mt McKinley, was claimed to have been first climbed by four local men. (1910)

US House of Representatives accepted the American Creed written by William Tyler. (1918)

Joseph Stalin was appointed General Secretary of the Russian Communist Party by Vladimir Lenin. (1922)

First airplane flight over Mt Everest took place. (1933)

Richard Bruno Hauptmann, convicted in the 1932 kidnapping and murder of the 20-month-old son of Charles A. Lindbergh, was executed by electrocution. (1936)

WW2: US President Harry Truman signed the Marshall Plan giving $5B aid to 16 European countries. (1948)

The first portable cell phone call was made in New York City. (1973)

During the Super Outbreak, 148 tornadoes devastated the East, South, and Midwest United States. 315 people were killed. Nearly 5,500 were injured. (1974)

Unibomber was arrested. (1996)

Panama Papers were published. 11.5 million confidential documents from offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca exposed widespread illegal activities including fraud, kleptocracy, tax evasion, and the violation of international sanctions by the world’s elite in the world’s largest ever data leak. (2016)


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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