Today in HisStory – April 9

Edward V aged 12 succeeded his father Edward IV as king of England. He was never crowned, and disappeared, presumed murdered, after incarceration in the Tower of London with his younger brother Richard. (1483)

First public art exhibition took place at the Palais-Royale in Paris. (1667)

British mariner Robert Jenkins’ ear was cut off by Spanish Guarde Costa in the Caribbean. This became a catalyst for war between Britain & Spain. (1731)

American Revolutionary War: John Hancock refused to allow two British customs agents to go below deck of his ship. This was considered by some to be the first act of physical resistance to British authority in the colonies. (1764)

Richard Allen became America’s first black bishop and organized the African Methodist Episcopal Church. (1819)

US Civil War: Union surgeon Mary Edwards Walker was captured by Confederate troops and arrested as a spy. (1864)

US Civil War: Robert E. Lee and 26,765 troops surrendered at Appomattox Court House to US Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant, ending the Civil War. (1865)

Civil Rights Bill passed over US President Andrew Johnson’s veto. (1866)

Hudson Bay Company ceded its territory to Canada. (1869)

Samuel R Percy patented dried milk. (1872)

Billy the Kid was convicted of murder. (1881)

Azusa Street revival began under leadership of black evangelist William Seymour when tongues break out during a service. (1906)

Italy and US anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti were given death sentences. (1927)

African American singer Marian Anderson sang before 75,000 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. (1939)

WW2: Nazi Germany invaded Denmark and Norway. Denmark surrendered after a six-hour battle. (1940)

Tornadoes striking West Texas and Oklahoma killed 169 and injured 1,300. (1947)

NASA introduced America’s first astronauts to the press: Scott Carpenter, L. Gordon Cooper Jr., John H. Glenn Jr., Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Walter Schirra Jr., Alan Shepard Jr., and Donald Slayton. (1959)

Author Frank Lloyd Wright died. (1959)

Winston Churchill became the first honorary US citizen. (1963)

Martin Luther King Jr. was buried in Atlanta, Georgia. (1968)

Funeral of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, was held at Westminster Abbey, United Kingdom as more than a million people lined the streets. (2002)

Baghdad fell to U.S. forces ending the invasion of Iraq. (2003)

Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, wed his longtime mistress, Camilla Parker Bowles. (2005)

Two Egyptian coptic churches in Tanta and Alexandria were attacked by ISIS suicide bombers leaving at least 44 dead. (2017)


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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