Today in HisStory – April 15

Artist Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance was born in Vinci, Italy. (1452)

Pánfilo the Narváez, Spanish conquistador, arrived in Florida with 350 men to a hostile reception from native Indians. (1528)

Leonhard Euler, mathematician and Christian apologist, was born in Switzerland. (1707)

Bottle opener was invented. (1738)

Samuel Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language was published in London. (1755)

US Civil War: Federal army, 75,000 volunteers, was mobilized by US President Abraham Lincoln. (1861)

US President Abraham Lincoln died nine hours after he is shot attending the play, Our American Cousin, at Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC. (1865)

U.S. Supreme Court declared a member of a religious organization may not appeal to secular courts against a decision made by a church tribunal within the area of its competence. (1872)

First telephone was installed in Boston-Somerville, Massachusetts. (1877)

Harley Procter introduced Ivory Soap. (1878)

General Electric Company was formed by merger of Thomas Edison’s General Electric Company with Thomson-Houston Electric Company. It was arranged by J. P. Morgan and incorporated in New York. (1892)

First modern Olympic games closed in Athens, Greece. (1896)

Corrie Ten Boom, Christian speaker and author of The Hiding Place, was born. (1897)

The Titanic sank as evangelist John Harper warned fellow passengers to get right with God and the band played Nearer My God to Thee. (1912)

Jackie Robinson became the first black man on a major league baseball team. (1947)

Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald’s Inc. fast food restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois. (1955)

Guy Carawan sang We Shall Overcome to a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Raleigh, popularizing the song as a protest anthem. (1960)

Meteorite exploded above Indonesia. (1988)

During the Boston Marathon bombings, three people were killed and 183 were injured after two explosions near the finish line. (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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