Today in HisStory – May 6

King Alfred the Great of Wessex, the only English king to survive Viking attacks, won the Battle of Ethandun. After Viking invaders surrendered, King Alfred converted them to Christianity and baptized them instead of killing them and made a peace treaty with the Danes. He became known as Alfred the Great, the first king of England. (878 AD)

King Henry VIII ordered the Bible to be placed in every church in England. This was only five years after Tyndale was burned at the stake for translating the Bible to English. Tyndale’s last words were, “Lord! Open the King of England’s eyes.” (1541)

Dutch colonist Peter Minuit bought Manhattan Island from local Indians for 60 guilders worth of trinkets. (1626)

John Deere made the first steel plow. (1833)

US Civil War: Arkansas and Tennessee became ninth and tenth states to secede from the US. (1861)

US Civil War: Confederate President Jefferson Davis approved a bill declaring War between the Union and the Confederacy. (1861)

US Civil War: General Sherman began his advance into Atlanta, Georgia. (1864)

US Civil War: In the Battle of Wilderness, Confederate General Longstreet was seriously injured. (1864)

US Congress ceased Chinese immigration. (1882)

Exposition Universelle World Fair opened in Paris with the completed Eiffel Tower. (1889)

Mormon Church renounced polygamy. (1890)

Hindenburg crashed in a fiery ball. (1937)

John Steinbeck won the Pulitzer Prize for Grapes of Wrath. (1940)

At California’s March Field, Bob Hope performed his first USO show. (1941)

Joseph Stalin became Premier of Russia. (1941)

WW2: All U.S. troops in the Philippines surrendered unconditionally to the Japanese. (1942)

WW2: Axis Sally delivered her last propaganda broadcast to Allied troops. (1945)

Roger Bannister became the first man to run a four minute mile. (1954)

US President Eisenhower, Republican, signed the Civil Rights Act of 1960. (1960)

During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II became the first pope to enter a mosque. (2001)


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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