Today in HisStory – April 8

Shearith Israel, first Jewish congregation organized in America, consecrated their synagogue in New York City. (1730)

First fire escape was patented. It was a wicker basket on a pulley and chain. (1766)

Ayutthaya kingdom fell to Burmese invaders. (1767)

US House of Representatives first met. (1789)

Carl Friedrich Gauss, German mathematician, proved the quadratic reciprocity law, the ability to determine the solvability of any quadratic equation in modular arithmetic. (1796)

The famous ancient Greek statue Venus de Milo was discovered on the Aegean island of Melos. (1820)

The Critic reported ice cream soda is America’s national drink. (1893)

James Chalmer, missionary to Papua, and several other Christian native evangelists, after being invited to a banquet, were surrounded by armed savages, clubbed to death, and their bodies were cooked with sago and served as the main course of the promised feast. (1901)

The American Theological Society was organized at Union Theological Seminary. (1912)

South African State passed the Industrial Conciliation Act No 11 which excluded blacks from membership of registered trade unions and prohibited registration of black trade unions. (1924)

Soviet Union issued regulations outlawing almost all public and many private expressionsof Christianity. (1929)

WW2: U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt froze wages and prices. (1943)

WW2: German theologian and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer was hanged by Nazis. His last recorded words were, “This is the end – – for me the beginning.” (1945)

League of Nations assembled for last time. (1946)

Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 715th career home run, breaking Babe Ruth’s legendary record of 714 homers. (1974)

Televangelist Jimmy Swaggert was defrocked by the Assemblies of God following the disclosure of his involvement with a prostitute. (1988)

Smoking was banned in the Pentagon and all US military bases. (1994)

Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first female prime minister, died. (2013)


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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