Today in HisStory – May 3

Solar eclipse was seen at Ugarit by Mesopotamian astronomers. (1347)

Jews fled Spain to avoid persecution. (1455)

Kongo monarch Nkuwu Nzinga was baptised by Portuguese missionaries, adopting the baptismal name of João I. (1491)

Royal charter was granted to Connecticut. (1662)

A Massachusetts law was enacted requiring church doors to be locked during the worship service because too many people were leaving before the long sermons were completed. (1675)

Great Awakening revivalist George Whitefield first arrived in America. (1738)

The Constitution of May 3, the first modern constitution in Europe, was proclaimed by the Sejm of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. (1791)

Washington, D.C. was incorporated as a city. (1802)

Society for the Propagation of the Faith was founded in Lyon, France. (1822)

First regular steam train passenger service started. (1830)

First African American lawyer, Macon B Allen, was admitted to the bar. (1845)

Sixteen year old Charles H. Spurgeon made his public profession of faith in Jesus Christ. (1850)

Most of San Francisco was destroyed by fire. 30 died. (1851)

US Civil War: Lincoln asked for 42,000 Army Volunteers and another 18,000 seamen. (1861)

US Civil War: General Winfield Scott presents his Anaconda Plan for the North against the South. The goal was to cut the south into two parts through embargoes and maintaining control of the Mississippi River. (1861)

Actor Bing Crosby was born. (1903)

West Virginia imposed the first state sales tax. (1921)

Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for Gone With the Wind. (1937)

WW2: German ship Cap Arcona, laden with prisoners, was sunk by Royal Air Force in East Sea. 5,800 were killed. It was one of largest maritime losses of life. (1945)

WW2: Japan’s post-war constitution went into effect, granting universal suffrage, stripping Emperor Hirohito of all but symbolic power and outlawing Japan’s right to make war. (1947)

First unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail spam was sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative. (1978)

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma was slammed by an F5 tornado, killing forty-two people, injuring 665, and causing $1 billion in damage. (1999)


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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