Today in HisStory – April 17

Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales characters began their pilgrimage to Canterbury according to scholars. (1387)

Geoffrey Chaucer told The Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of English King Richard II. (1397)

Christopher Columbus signed a contract with Spain to find the Indies with the stated goal of converting people to Christianity. (1492)

Francis Williams, first US black college graduate, published his poems. (1758)

Founding Father, author, and inventor Benjamin Franklin died. (1790)

Bayonne Decree by Napoleon I of France ordered seizure of US ships. (1808)

First US school for deaf opened in Hartford, Connecticut. (1817)

Russia abandoned all North American claims south of 54° 40’N. (1824)

Charles Henry Parkhurst, preacher who challenged Tammany Hall in New York City where police and organized crime were in cahoots, was born. (1842)

US Civil War: Virginia seceded from the Union. (1861)

US Civil War: Grierson’s raid began as Colonel Grierson and 1700 horse troopers set off from La Grange, Tennessee. (1863)

US Civil War: Bread revolt broke out in Savannah, Georgia. (1864)

Mary Surratt was arrested as a conspirator in Lincoln’s assassination. (1865)

Treaty of Shimonoseki was signed ending the First Sino-Japanese War. (1895)

11,745 immigrants arrived at Ellis Island in New York City. (1897)

Ellis Island, New York recorded 11,745 immigrants in one day. (1907)

Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and Louis B Mayer Company merged to form Metro Goldwyn Mayer – MGM. (1924)

WW2: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrendered to Germany. (1941)

The Bay of Pigs invasion began. (1961)

Ford Mustang was formally introduced. (1964)

Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of assassinating US Senator Robert F. Kennedy. (1969)

Apollo 13 arrived safely on Earth after an oxygen tank explosion. (1970)

Canada adopted its constitution. (1982)

St Cuthbert Gospel, Europe’s oldest intact book, was purchased by the British Library for 9 million pounds. (2012)


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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