Today in HisStory – May 28

A solar eclipse was predicted by Greek philosopher Thales. It led to a truce between Lydians and Medes and was one of the cardinal dates from which other dates were calculated. (585 BC)

Saint Bernard of Menthon died. He evangelized in the Alps. He was famed for founding monasteries in the mountains that sent out monks with large dogs to seek people lost in winter snows. (1008)

German university masters attack John Wycliffe’s doctrines which had spread to their nation by way of Jan Hus and others. (1403)

Joan of Arc was accused of relapsing into heresy by donning male clothing again. This provided justification for her execution. (1431)

Spanish Armada under the Duke of Medina-Sidonia departed Lisbon to invade England. (1588)

Joseph Alleine, Puritan author of An Alarm to the Unconverted, was thrown into prison because he didn’t comply with England’s Act of Uniformity. (1663)

First Baptist Church was organized in Boston. (1664)

French and Indian War: British soldier George Washington experienced combat for first time. (1754)

American Revolutionary War: First Continental Congress convened in Virginia. (1774)

Former US President Thomas Jefferson condemned religious intolerance in an interview with a Jewish journalist. (1818)

US Congress authorized Native Indians to be removed from all states and relocated to the western prairie. (1830)

Noah Webster, author of an American speller and other works, including a dictionary distinguishing American English from British, died. (1843)

US Civil War: The 54th Massachusetts Infantry, the most famous African-American regiment, left for war. (1863)

In Italy, the Shroud of Turin was first photographed by Secundo Pia in Turin’s Cathedral where it had rested for 320 years. (1898)

The Virginian, the first serious Western, was published. (1902)

Samuel Clement Perry joined the Church of God, Cleveland and was instrumental in establishing the statement of faith among other things. (1909)

US unemployment nearly ended. (1923)

The Dionne quintuplets were born to Olivia and Elzire Dionne, becoming the first quintuplets to survive infancy. (1934)

Alan Turing submitted On Computable Numbers for publication, in which he sets out the theoretical basis for modern computers. (1936)

Volkswagen was founded. (1937)

John and Isobel Kuhn, missionaries to China, opened their first Rainy Season School.  (1938)

WW2: Father Maximillian Kolbe was transferred to the concentration camp at Auschwitz  where he would be executed, offering himself in place of a man who had a family. (1941)

A communist party congress in Czechoslavkia declared its right to educate children in atheistic Leninism without regard for their parents’ religious values. (1949)

US President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill adding the words “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance. (1954)

White House “plumbers” broke into Democratic National Headquarters at Watergate in Washington D.C. (1972)

Wu Weizun, a staunch Christian, who had suffered severely for his faith in Chinese prisons and camps, was formally released from prison. Because of his persistence in faith and refusal to pretend he had accepted the communist line, the authorities decided to take care of him, giving him a hut, official registration, and a monthly allowance. (1987)


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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