Today in HisStory – April 23

Christ rose from the dead on the first Easter, according to traditional dating. (33 AD)

Bishop Adalbert, first missionary to the Prussians, was murdered. (997 AD)

King Brian Boru of Ireland defeated Viking forces at the Battle of Clontarf, freeing Ireland from foreign control. He was murdered by Vickings shortly afterward. (1014)

William Shakespeare was born. (1564)

William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor was first performed with Queen Elizabeth I of England in attendance. (1597)

William Shakespeare died. (1616)

Connecticut was chartered as an English colony. (1662)

American Revolutionary War: John Paul Jones burned the port of Whitehaven, England. It was the only American raid on English shores. (1778)

Irish mathematician and astronomer William Rowan Hamilton presented his Theory of Systems of Rays. (1827)

Poet William Wordsworth died. (1850)

US Civil War: Democratic convention in Charleston, South Carolina was divided over slavery. (1860)

US Civil War: Robert E. Lee was named commander of Virginia Confederate Army. (1861)

The word “hillbillie” was first used in the New York Journal. (1900)

Actress Shirley Temple was born. (1928)

Dance hall fires killed 198 in Natchez, Mississippi. (1940)

Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov was killed when his parachute failed to deploy during his spacecraft’s landing. (1967)

United Methodist Church formed. (1968)

AIDS-virus was identified as HTLV-III. (1984)

Wine merchant William Sokolin broke a bottle of 1787 Château Margaux, possibly belonging to Thomas Jefferson, worth $500,000 at the Four Seasons restaurant in New York. (1989)


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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