Today in HisStory – April 21

Rome was founded by Remus and Romulus. (753 B.C.)

Traditionally, this is the date, Christ was crucified. (33 AD)

St. Anselm, Bible scholar, Christian philosopher, and apologist, died. (1109)

William Bradford became governor of Plymouth, Massachusetts. (1621)

The Toleration Act was passed by the Maryland Assembly which protected Roman Catholics within the American colony against Protestant harassment. (1649)

William III and Mary Stuart were proclaimed King and Queen, duel monarchs, of England. (1689)

American Revolutionary War: British troops attack Danbury, Connecticut and destroyed everything in the city. (1777)

John Adams was sworn in as the first US Vice President, nine days before Washington was sworn in a US President. (1789)

New York City formally declared the coast of Ellis Island publicly owned, so they could build forts to protect the city from British. (1794)

Author Charlotte Bronte was born. (1816)

During the Texan War for Independence, the Texas militia launched a surprise attack against the forces of Mexican General Santa Anna along the San Jacinto River. (1836)

D.L. Moody was converted to Christianity. (1855)

First train crossed the Mississippi River’s first bridge, from Rock Island, Illinois to Davenport, Iowa. (1855)

Alexander Douglas patented the bustle. (1857)

US President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train left Washington DC. (1865)

First Lady Lucy Hayes began egg rolling contest on the White House lawn. (1878)

New York City installed the first firehouse pole. (1878)

Woodville Latham and his sons, Otway and Gray demonstrated their Panopticon, the first movie projector developed in the United States. (1895)

A.W. Tozer, Bible scholar, was born. He was the author of The Pursuit of God and The Root of Righteousness. (1897)

Spanish-American War: The U.S. Congress determined on April 25 a state of war would exist between the United States and Spain. (1898)

Author Mark Twain, aka Samuel Clemens, died. (1910)

WW1: German fighter ace Baron Manfred Von Richthofen, The Red Baron, was shot down and killed over Vaux sur Somme in France. (1918)

Fire at Ohio State Penitentiary killed 322, some of whom burned to death because they were not released from their cells. It was the worst prison disaster in the US. (1930)

WW2: Greece surrendered to Nazi-Germany. (1941)

Elvis Presley’s first hit record, Heartbreak Hotel, became #1 on the charts. (1956)

Alf Dean, using a rod and reel, hooked a 2,664lb, 16′ 10″ great white shark off the coast of Ceduna, Australia. (1959)

Thousands of Chinese crowded into Beijing’s Tiananmen Square cheering students demanding greater political and religious freedom. (1989)

Action TV series Walker, Texas Ranger starring Chuck Norris debuted on CBS. (1993)

The first discoveries of extrasolar planets were announced by astronomer Alexander Wolszczan. (1994)

FBI arrested Timothy McVeigh and charged him with the Oklahoma City bombing. (1995)

Taliban attacked an army base at Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, killing more than 100. (2017)


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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