Today in HisStory – May 16

Anabaptist Dirk Willem, while fleeing arrest for being baptized as an adult and allowing secret church meetings in his home, stopped to rescue his pursuer when frozen ice broke beneath him. He was then arrested and burned at the stake. (1569)

Louis, the French dauphin, married Marie Antoinette. (1770)

Mississippi River steamboat service began. (1817)

New York City Board of Health established a hospital to deal with a cholera epidemic killed more than 5,000 people. (1849)

US Civil War: Republican Convention in Chicago selected Abraham Lincoln as a presidential candidate. (1860)

US Civil War: Kentucky proclaimed its neutrality. (1861)

US Congress authorized the nickel 5 cent piece. (1866)

Charles E. Hires invented Hires Root Beer. (1866)

By one vote, US Senate failed to impeach US President Andrew Johnson. (1868)

George A. Hormel & Co introduced Spam. (1891)

WW1: The Sedition Act of 1918 was passed by the U.S. Congress making criticism of the government an imprisonable offense. (1918)

Joan of Arc was canonized as a saint by the Catholic Church. (1920)

US Supreme Court ruled bootleggers must pay income tax. (1927)

First Academy Awards was held. (1929)

WW2: First of 180,000 Hungarian Jews reached Auschwitz. (1940)

WW2: In Operation Chastise, No. 617 Squadron RAF began the famous Dambusters Raid, bombing the Möhne and Eder dams in the Ruhr Valley with bouncing bombs. (1943)

WW2: Jewish resistance in the Warsaw ghetto ended after 30 days of fighting when German SS Commander when Stroop personally pushed a detonator button to demolish the Great Synagogue of Warsaw. 13,000 Jews died. (1943)

Chaim Weizmann was elected the first president of Israel. (1948)

US Surgeon General C Everett Koop reported nicotine is as addictive as heroin. (1988)

US Supreme Court ruled trash may be searched without a warrant. (1988)

Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to address US congress. (1991)

Human stem cells were successfully cloned. (2013)

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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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