Today in HisStory – May 20

First Christian ecumenical council opened at Nicaea, Asia Minor. (320 AD)

Shoes were made for both right and left feet. (1310)

Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrived at Calicut, India becoming the first European to reach India by sea. (1498)

Christopher Columbus died. (1506)

Shakespeare’s Sonnets were first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe. (1609)

John Eliot, colonial missionary to the American Indians of Maryland, died. (1690)

Columbia University in New York City was chartered as King’s College under sponsorship of the Episcopal Church. (1754)

D Hyde patented the fountain pen. (1830)

George Gordon and his wife, missionaries to Erromanga island, were martyred by the chief of the island. (1861)

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

US Civil War: US Marshals, in search of secessionist evidence, seized the previous year’s telegraph dispatches. (1861)

US Civil War: North Carolina became the 11th and last state to secede from the Union. (1861)

US Homestead Act became law. It provided cheap land for the settlement of the American West. (1862)

US Civil War: Spotsylvania, Virginia campaign in ended after 10,920 were killed or injured. Even though it was one of the bloodiest battles of the war, it had no clear victor. (1864)

Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis received a patent for blue jeans. (1873)

Thomas Edison’s prototype kinetoscope was first publicly displayed to members of the National Federation of Women’s Club. (1891)

The six ton chandelier of the Palais Garnier opera house in Paris fell on the crowd resulting in the death of one and the injury of many others. (1896)

Actor and WW2 Combat Pilot Jimmy Stewart was born. (1908)

American aviator Charles A. Lindbergh took off on the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. (1927)

Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. (1932)

Jesse Overholtzer founded Child Evangelism Fellowship in Chicago. (1937)

Japanese-Americans regained their citizenship. (1959)

Vietnam War: US troop captured Hill 937/Hamburger Hill in Vietnam. (1969)

Hubble Space Telescope sent its first photographs from space. (1990)


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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