Today in HisStory June 16

Botulph, missionary to England, drove evil spirits from Ox Island. (660)

Pope Leo X condemned Martin Luther’s writings. (1520)

Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned in Lochleven Castle prison in Scotland. (1567)

Virginia became an English crown colony following the bankruptcy of the London Company. (1624)

The British House of Commons passed a resolution to burn books of John Milton that had championed the Parliamentarian rebellion against Charles I and argued for the legitimacy of that king’s execution. (1660)

US Revolutionary War: In the Battle of Bennington, New England’s Green Mountain Boys routed the British. (1777)

US Revolutionary War: Spain declared war on Great Britain in support of the US. The Siege of Gibraltar began. (1779)

Holland outlawed orange clothes. (1784)

Denmark Vessy led a slave rebellion in South Carolina. (1822)

William Booth and Catherine Mumford, founders of the Salvation Army, were married. (1855)

Abraham Lincoln said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand” in a speech accepting Illinois Republican Party’s nomination for the Senate. (1858)

US Civil War: Union General Ulysses S. Grant began the siege of Petersburg, Virginia. (1864)

Salvation Army formed in London. (1880)

17″ hailstones weighing 1.75 lbs fell in Dubuque, Iowa. (1882)

The Victoria Hall Theatre panic in Sunderland, England killed 183 children in a stampede. It was the worst disaster of its kind and led to laws requiring a minimum number emergency exits. (1883)

In Coney Island, New York, the first purpose-built roller coaster, LaMarcus Adna Thompson’s “Switchback Railway”. (1884)

Temperatures hit 127°F at Fort Mojave, California. (1896)

In the China Boxer Rebellion, a fire was set by Boxers, virtually destroying the Western Quarter and spreading to engulf many Chinese landmarks. (1900)

Ford Motors incorporated under Henry Ford. (1903)

Pepsi Cola Company was established. (1903)

US Congress passed US President FDR’s “New Deal”. (1935)

Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defected to the West at Le Bourget Airport in Paris. (1961)

Leonid Brezhnev was named Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union. (1977)

General Secretary Yuri Andropov was appointed President of the Soviet Union. (1983)


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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