Today in HisStory – April 12

The armies of the Fourth Crusade captured Constantinople and established the Latin Empire. (1204)

French King Francois I ordered protestants of Vaudois to be killed. (1545)

England adopted the Union Flag. It was replaced in 1801 by the current Union Flag, the Union Jack. (1606)

Galileo was convicted of heresy. (1633)

Thomas Jefferson, third US president, founding father, and author of the Declaration of Independence,  was born. (1743)

American Revolutionary War: Townsend Acts were repealed. (1770)

The Church Missionary Society was organized in London. (1799)

First US colonists on the Pacific coast arrived at Cape Disappointment, Washington. (1811)

Texan envoys signed the Treaty of Annexation with the United States. (1844)

US Civil War: War began when Fort Sumter was fired upon. (1861)

US Civil War: James Andrews and his team stole The General, a Confederate train, at Kennesaw, Georgia. (1862)

US Civil War: Confederate raiders attacked the isolated Union garrison at Fort Pillow, Tennessee and slaughtered most of the African American Union soldiers defending it in what became known as the Fort Pillow Massacre. (1864)

North Carolina legislature passed an anti-Klan Law. (1869)

The US Congress passed the Foraker Act, establishing Puerto Rico as an unincorporated territory. (1900)

Assemblies of God denomination was founded. (1914)

WW2: Germany prohibited publishing “not-Arian” writers. (1935)

Sir Frank Whittle ground-tested the first jet engine designed to power an aircraft at Rugby, England. (1937)

US President Franklin D. Roosevelt died in office. Vice President Harry Truman was sworn in as 33rd US President. (1945)

WW2: Canadian troops liberated Nazi concentration camp Westerbork in the Netherlands. (1945)

Watchman Nee, Chinese preacher and theologian, was sentenced to 15 years in prison where he was tortured and suffered brainwashing techniques for preaching the Gospel. Twenty years later, he died in prison without once renouncing Christ. (1952)

Polio vaccine tested by Dr Jonas Salk was announced to be ‘safe and effective’. (1955)

Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first person to orbit Earth. (1961)

US Olympic Committee endorsed a boycott of the Moscow Olympic games. (1980)

The space shuttle Columbia was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, becoming the first reusable manned spacecraft to travel into space. (1981)


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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