Today in HisStory – April 4

Future German reformer Martin Luther was ordained a priest in the Roman Catholic church. (1507)

James II issued a Declaration of Indulgence allowing full liberty of worship in England. (1687)

Congress decided on the US flag, 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars. Stripes would stay the same for the 13 original colonies, and stars would increase according to the number of states. (1818)

Casparus van Wooden patented chocolate milk powder. (1828)

US President William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the US, died of pneumonia at the White House after only one month in office. He had the shortest term in office. (1841)

City of Los Angeles was incorporated. (1850)

US Civil War: Battle of Yorktown was the first battle of the war. The winner was inconclusive. (1862)

US Civil War: Union began the Peninsula Campaign aimed at capturing Richmond. The Confederates won. (1862)

US Civil War: Lee’s army arrived at the Amelia Courthouse where Lee would surrender six days later. (1865)

US Civil War: President Abraham Lincoln visited the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, a day after Union forces captured it. (1865)

Asa Mahan, first president of Oberlin College, died. He was known for educational reforms and allowed blacks and women to be educated alongside white men. (1889)

Gold discovery in Yukon was announced. (1896)

The Akron, a dirigible, crashed in New Jersey, killing 73 people. (1933)

Israel and Jordan signed an armistice agreement. (1949)

North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO, treaty was signed in Washington DC. (1949)

Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated by James Earl Ray. (1968)

Microsoft was founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800. (1975)


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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