Today in HisStory – April 18

Bishop Ambrosius of Milan baptized theologian Augustinus. (387 AD)

Bolesław Chrobry was crowned in Gniezno, becoming the first King of Poland. (1025)

The cornerstone of the current St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican was laid. (1506)

Martin Luther would not recant his thesis at the Diet of Worms. (1521)

In the Germantown Quaker Petition Against Slavery, Francis Daniel Pastorius authored the first formal written protest against African-American slavery in the English colonies in Germantown, Pennsylvania. (1688)

American Revolutionary War: Paul Revere and William Dawes warned of a British attack in what is now known as The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere. (1775)

American Revolutionary War: Fighting ended eight years to the day since it began. (1783)

US Civil War: Colonel Robert E. Lee turned down an offer to command the Union armies. (1861)

US Civil War: During the Poison Spring Battle, Arkansas, Confederate soldiers captured a Union forage train and slaughtered black troops escorting the expedition. (1864)

US Civil War: Confederate General Johnson surrendered to General William T. Sherman in North Carolina. (1865)

An F4 tornado in Marshfield, Missouri killed 99 people and injured 100. (1880)

Great San Francisco Earthquake and fire killed nearly 4,000 while destroying 75% of the city. (1906)

The Los Angeles Times story on the Azusa Street Revival launched Pentecostalism as a worldwide movement. (1906)

WW1: US Secretary of State warned Germany the USA may break diplomatic relations unless torpedo attacks on unarmed ships stopped, (1916)

First crossword puzzle book was published. (1924)

WW2: Stars & Stripes paper for US armed forces debuted. (1942)

WW2: James Doolittle bombed Tokyo and other Japanese cities. (1942)

WW2: Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent Ernie Pyle was killed by Japanese machine-gun fire. (1945)

Albert Einstein died. (1955)

Actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco. (1956)

A United States federal court ruled that poet Ezra Pound was to be released from an insane asylum. (1958)

The U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon was almost completely destroyed by a car-bomb explosion that killed 63 people, including the suicide bomber, and 17 Americans. (1983)

An unconscious skydiver was rescued by another diver in mid-air. (1987)

Thousands of Chinese students continued to take to the streets in Beijing to protest against the government. (1989)

US Supreme Court ruled states could make it a crime to possess or look at child pornography, even in one’s home. (1990)

US Supreme Court upheld the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 5-4 decision. (2007)

Dick Clark died. (2012)

Two earth-like planets were discovered orbiting the star Kepler-62. (2013)

Mount Everest saw its deadliest day when 16 Nepali mountaineering guides were killed in an avalanche. (2014)


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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