Today in HisStory – May 19

Alcuin of York, Middle Ages theologian who promoted education, died. (804 AD)

Ann of Boleyn, second wife of English King Henry VIII, was beheaded at the Tower of London on charges of adultery, incest, and treason. She was innocent and was framed because she didn’t bear the king any male heirs. (1536)

Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut, and New Harbor formed the United Colonies of New England. (1643)

England was declared a Commonwealth by an act of the Long Parliament making England a republic for the next 11 years. (1649)

England’s King Charles II approved a bill requiring all ministers to assent publicly to the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. (1662)

King George II of England granted the Ohio Company a charter of several hundred thousand acres of land around the forks of the Ohio River. (1749)

About midday, near-total darkness descended on New England. It is now known to be caused by forest fires in Canada. (1780)

U.S. President John Quincy Adams signs the Tariff of 1828/Tariff of Abominations into law to protect industry in the North. (1828)

Mexican America War: Mexico gave Texas to the US, ending the war. (1848)

First department store opened. (1848)

Americans William Francis Channing and Moses G Farmer patented the electric fire alarm. (1857)

Ringling Brothers circus premiered. (1884)

The complete Old and New Testament English Revised Version (EV or ERV) of the Bible was first published. (1885)

Shoes were mass produced for the first time. (1885)

US Post Office authorized the use of postcards. (1898)

Lawrence of Arabia died as a retired Royal Air Force mechanic living under an assumed name. (1935)

WW2: Berlin was declared “Judenrien” – free of Jews. (1943)

US and Canada formed North American Air Defense Command, NORAD. (1958)

The musical Godspell, based on the book of Matthew, first opened. (1971)

World’s youngest doctor, Balamurali Ambati, graduated from Mount Sinai at age 17. (1995)


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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