Today in History – May 29

Constantinople, the capital of Eastern Christianity, fell to the Turks. Later it became the capital of the Ottoman Empire and was renamed Istanbul. (1453)

John Penry, a Puritan preacher who criticized the Church of England, was executed. (1593)

John Winthrop began History of New England. (1630)

On his 30th birthday, Charles II returned to London from exile in the Netherlands to claim the English throne. The Puritan Commonwealth came to an end. (1660)

Construction began on Holy Trinity Church in Wilmington, Delaware. (1698)

South Carolina was formally incorporated as a royal colony. (1721)

American Revolutionary War: Patrick Henry’s historic speech against the Stamp Act, answered a cry of “Treason!” with, “If this be treason, make the most of it!” (1765)

American Revolutionary War: British Colonel Banastre Tarleton shot and killed Patriots who surrendered  creating the phrase Tarleton’s Quarter to describe British brutality toward Patriot POWs. (1780)

The Virginia Plan was proposed. It set rules for debate in the Constitutional Convention and proposed the idea of population-weighted representation. (1787)

Rhode Island became the last of original 13 colonies to ratify the US Constitution and the 13th US state. (1790)

Wisconsin became the 30th US state. (1848)

Lincoln said, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” (1849)

Sojourner Truth addressed the first Black Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio. (1851)

Honors student Samuel Zwemer was ordained in the Reformed Church of America. He became a leading missionary to the Islamic world. (1890)

Bob Hope was born. (1913)

Heavy fog caused a collision of boats on the St. Lawrence River in Canada killing 1,073 people. (1914)

Albert Einstein’s light-bending prediction was confirmed by Arthur Eddington. (1919)

WW1: The Bonus Army of World War I veterans assembled in Washington, D.C. to request cash bonuses promised to them. Bonus weren’t paid until 1945. (1932)

WW2: The Barmen Synod opened, an assembly of German pastors who opposed Nazi racism and adhere to the historic Reformed Confessions. They were known as the Confessing Church. (1934)

WW2: Jews in Paris were forced to sew yellow stars on coats. (1942)

Bing Crosby recorded White Christmas, the greatest selling record to date. (1942)

WW2: Meat and cheese were rationed in the US. (1943)

Edmund Hillary from New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay from Nepal were the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest. They were a part of a British Expedition. (1953)

Charles de Gaulle formed the new French government. (1959)

Following a beating by police in a Peruvian jail, Arturo Marin gave his heart to Christ. Later he was rearrested on mistaken identity and served his sentence in two of Peru’s worst prisons, where he will lead many men to Christ. After his release, he became a pastor with Heart Cry mission. (1988)

WW2: The World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C. (2004)

Bob Hope celebrated his 100th birthday. (2013)


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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