Today in HisStory – June 6

Spain massacred 5,000 Jews, all the inhabitants of Seville. (1391)

Massachusetts granted 500 acres of land to erect a gunpowder mill. (1639)

First African slaves arrived in Louisiana. (1716)

American Revolutionary War: Nathan Hale was born. He was the first American spy. As he was executed by the British, he declared, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” (1755)

Patriot and founding father Patrick Henry died of stomach cancer. (1799)

War of 1812: US invasion of Canada was halted at Stoney Creek, Ontario.  (1813)

After Mount Tambora erupted in Indonesia, a weather condition that produced the “year without a summer” caused ten inches of snowfall in New England. (1816)

The June Rebellion in Paris where student rioted against the government ended. Author Victor Hugo described the rebellion in his novel Les Misérables. (1832)

YMCA was established as a Christian organization concerned with the body, mind, and spirit. (1844)

Levi Strauss made his first pair of blue jeans. (1850)

US Civil War: Lincoln’s cabinet declared the Union government would pay for expenses once states had mobilized volunteers. (1861)

Cyclone in Arabian Sea near Bombay, India drowned 100,000. (1882)

Electric iron was patented by Henry W Seely. (1882)

Great Fire in Seattle destroyed 25 downtown blocks. (1889)

US Congress passed an act authorizing a civil code and government for the territory of Alaska after gold discoveries brought lawlessness and disorder to the area. (1900)

Li Chouzi, an ardent, soul-winning Christian girl, and all the other Chinese Christians of her village were hacked to death by revolutionaries known as Boxers. (1900)

The eruption of Novarupta in Alaska began. It was the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century. (1912)

Voters in East Cleveland approved women’s suffrage. (1916)

With the death of Yuan Shikai, who had ruled much of China since 1912, the central government virtually collapsed. Warlords, including Sun Yet-sen, founder of modern China, asserted themselves and took control. (1916)

WW1: Battle of Belleau Wood was the first US victory of the war. (1918)

Walter Chrysler founded automobile manufacturer Chrysler Corporation. (1925)

Harold Wildish boarded the Amakura, bound for South America, to fill the place of an ailing missionary, but he had only one British pound in money. He prayed. Next morning, he received a check in the mail for twenty-five pounds. “But I must have thirty-five,” he prayed. The next day he received another letter from the same person. “I could not sleep last night thinking of you. I believe you must need the additional enclosed ten pounds.” (1925)

The Revenue Act of 1932 was enacted creating the first gas tax in the United States. The rate was 1 cent per US gallon sold. (1932)

First drive-in theater opened in Camden, New Jersey. (1933)

US Employment Service was created. (1933)

Securities and Exchange Commission was established. (1934)

Giants used plastic batting helmets for first time in baseball. (1941)

WW2: The first nylon parachute jump took place this day in Hartford, Connecticut by Adeline Gray. (1942)

WW2: Japanese forces retreated, ending the Battle of Midway. (1942)

WW2: D-Day, known as Operation Neptune, was launched when 150,000 Allied Expeditionary Force landed in Normandy, France. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history and paved the way for an allied victory almost a year later. (1944)

WW2: Baseball canceled all games to honor the D-Day invasion. (1944)

WW2: Theodore Roosevelt Jr., US President Theodore Roosevelt’s son, led the first wave of troops onto Utah Beach during the D-Day Invasion. He died of a heart attack a little over a month later. For his acts of bravery, he posthumously received the Congressional Medal of Honor later that year. (1944)

WW2: Nazi troops executed 96 prisoners by firing squad after the D-Day invasion. (1944)

Henry Morgan was the first to take off his shirt on TV. (1946)

The Basketball Association of America was formed in New York City. (1946)

Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Democratic nominee for US presidency, died from gunshot wounds inflicted the previous night. (1968)

US Supreme Court tossed out automatic death penalty laws. (1977)

30,000 Israeli troops invaded Lebanon to drive out the PLO and protect their borders. (1982)

Christian brothers, Zaher Kamel, a doctor, and Maher Kamel, a high school teacher, were gunned down by Muslim radicals in Qena, Upper Egypt. (1991)

A near-Earth asteroid estimated at 10 metres diameter exploded over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya. The resulting explosion was estimated to have a force of 26 kilotons, more powerful than the Nagasaki atomic bomb. (2002)

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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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