Today in HisStory – May 21

The General Assembly of Geneva, Switzerland officially accepts the evangelical faith of the Swiss reformers and embraced Protestantism. (1536)

Pierre Poiret dies. He was the founder of the Pietistic movement which attempted to give Christian life more feeling and make it less formal. (1719)

Charles Wesley credits this as the day he received the witness of the Holy Spirit that he was saved. (1738)

Mount Unzen on Japan’s Shimabara Peninsula, erupts creating a tsumasi, killing about 15,000. This was Japan’s deadliest volcanic eruption. (1792)

Lewis & Clark Expedition begins. (1804)

First bicycles in US, swift walkers, are introduced in New York City. (1819)

Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission, is born. (1821)

First Democratic Party Convention convenes. (1832)

Lawrence, Kansas is captured and sacked by pro-slavery forces. (1856)

US Civil War: Richmond, Virginia becomes the Confederate Capital (1861)

17,000 die when French regular troops attack Commune of Paris (1871)

Clara Barton is founder of American Red Cross. (1881)

Connecticut enacts first speed-limit law of 12 miles per hour. (1901)

Lindbergh lands in Paris ending first solo flight across Atlantic. (1927)

WW2: Nazis kill “unfit” people in East Prussia. (1940)

All My Children star Susan Lucci finally wins a Daytime Emmy after being nominated 19 times, the longest period of unsuccessful nominations in television history. (1999)

Stanislav Petrov is awarded World Citizen Award for averting a potential nuclear war in 1983 after correctly guessing Russian early warning system at fault. (2004)


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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