Today in HisStory – May 18

Acre, the last territory in Palestine taken by the first Crusaders, fell to invading Muslim armies. (1291)

John Winthrop was elected first Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony when Puritans were granted voting rights. (1631)

General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony decreed that anyone in a political position must be a church member. (1631)

Rhode Island enacted the first law declaring slavery was illegal. (1652)

The Church of the United Brethren in Christ was organized in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. (1766)

Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed Emperor of France by the French Senate. (1804)

Massachusetts ruled all school-age children must attend school. (1852)

US Supreme Court affirmed the legitimacy of racial separation in Plessy v Ferguson. (1896)

A mass panic on Khodynka Field, Moscow, during the festivities of the coronation of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, resulted in the deaths of 1,389 people. (1896)

Dracula by author Bram Stoker was published by Archibald Constable and Company in London. (1897)

WW1: US Congress passed the Selective Service Act, authorizing the federal government to raise a national army for the American entry into the war through compulsory enlistment. (1917)

Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson disappeared while on a beach outing. She turned up five weeks later claiming to have been kidnapped and held prisoner before escaping from her abductors. (1925)

US Congress approved the Lindbergh Act, making kidnapping a capital offense. (1934)

TWA began commercial service. (1934)

Academy Award was first called Oscar in print by Sidney Skolsky. (1934)

Professor WF Libby said Stonehenge dates back to 1848 BC. (1952)

US Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional to deprive naturalized citizens of citizenship if they return to home country for more than 3 years. (1964)

Gene Roddenberry suggested 16 names including Kirk for the Star Trek Captain. (1965)

Beatles’ LP Let It Be was released. It was their last album. (1970)

Mount St Helen erupted in Washington State, killing 60. (1980)

US Supreme Court ruled states could not force mentally unstable criminal defendants to take anti-psychotic drugs. (1992)


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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