Today in HisStory – May 24

Polish cleric and astronomer Nicolas Copernicus died. (1543)

English Parliament guaranteed freedom of religion for Protestants. (1689)

John Wesley became born again. (1738)

Robert Robinson, sixteen years old, heard George Whitefield preach and wrote in his Bible born again. He later become a Baptist pastor and the author of the hymn, Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing. (1752)

Pastor and hymn writer Joseph Hart died. Twenty thousand people attended his funeral. (1768)

US Revolutionary War: John Hancock was unanimously elected president of Congress. (1775)

Irish Rebellion of 1798, led by the United Irishmen against British rule, began. (1798)

General Andrew Jackson captured Pensacola, Florida. (1818)

British Queen Victoria was born. (1819)

Mary Had A Little Lamb is published (1830)

First passenger rail service in US, Baltimore & Elliot’s Mill, Maryland (1830)

Samuel Morse taps out “What hath God wrought” in first telegraph message (1844)

Mexican War: General Zachary Taylor, future president, captured Monterey. (1846)

Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, the first Black college in the US, was founded by John Miller Dickey and Sarah Emlen Cresson. (1854)

Pottawatomie Massacre took place in Kansas. (1856)

US Civil War: Alexandria, Virginia was occupied by Federal troops. (1861)

Gilbert Haven was consecrated at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as a bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Because he promoted the equality of all persons, racists refused to have him as bishop of white conferences, so the white bishop served an Atlanta conference composed entirely of African Americans. (1872)

Brooklyn Bridge opened. (1883)

Maud Booth preached at Sing Sing Prison, New York, and 5 were saved. This started an organization called Volunteers of America. (1896)

Thomas Edison invented the telescribe to record telephone conversations. (1915)

WW2: German battleship Bismarck sank the British battle cruiser HMS Hood. 1,416 died. Only three survived. (1941)

Racial segregation in Washington DC restaurants was ruled illegal. (1951)

IBM announced vacuum tube “electronic” brain that could perform 10 million operations an hour. (1954)

US Supreme Court declared the federal law allowing post office to intercept communist propaganda was unconstitutional. (1965)

15-year-old Sherpa Temba Tsheri became the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest. (2001)


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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