Today in HisStory – April 13

Paul the Deacon, scholar and author of The History of Rome, died. (799 AD)

Halley’s Comet had the best view in 2000 years. (837 AD)

Pope Nicholas II decreed future popes could be elected by cardinals only. (1059)

On Black Monday, a hail storm killed an estimated 1,000 English soldiers in Chartres, France during the 100 Year War.. (1360)

King Henry of France issued the Edict of Nantes, legally recognizing the Protestants and providing them religious liberties. (1598)

Handel’s Messiah premiered in Dublin. (1742)

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

First elephant arrived in US from India. (1796)

William Henry Lane perfected tap dancing. (1808)

First Pony Express reached Sacramento, California. (1860)

US Civil War: After 34 hours of bombardment, Fort Sumter surrendered to Confederates in the first battle of the war. (1861)

Hospital for Ruptured and Crippled in New York was the first orthopedic hospital. (1863)

US Civil War: Sherman’s march through Georgia began. (1864)

US Civil War: Raleigh, North Carolina was captured by Union forces. (1865)

Steam power brake was patented by George Westinghouse. (1869)

US prospector Alfred Packer was convicted of manslaughter. He had been accused of cannibalism. (1883)

J C Penney opened his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming. (1902)

The US House of Representatives voted to institute direct elections of senators to Congress. (1911)

Royal Flying Corps, RAF, was formed. (1912)

US President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Jefferson Memorial. (1943)

Due to lack of funds, Saturday mail delivery in US was temporarily halted. (1957)

New Zealander Colin Bosher sheared a record 565 sheep in one work day. (1964)

Apollo 13 announced “Houston, we’ve got a problem!” after a Beech-built oxygen tank exploded en route to Moon. (1970)

Longest doubles ping-pong match ended after 101 hours. (1979)

US boycotted Summer Olympics in Moscow. (1980)

Presidential guard at Kigali, Rwanda chopped 1,200 Christian church members to death. (1994)

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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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