Today in HIsStory – July 1

Roman General Titus and his forces set up battering rams to assault the walls of Jerusalem. (70 AD)

In China, sunglasses were invented. (1200)

Protestants were first burned at the stake in the Netherlands. (1517)

The first Lutheran martyrs of the Reformation were burned alive in Brussels. Johann Esch and Heinrich Voes, followers of Luther, had been forced to choose between recantation or death. (1523)

Protestant preacher John Bradford was burned to death as a heretic during the reign of Mary Tudor. As he is led to his death, crowds line the way, weeping and praying for him. In the Tower of London, he had ministered to criminals. Three days after he stopped the assassination of a Catholic bishop. (1555)

First Quakers Mary Fisher and Ann Austin arrived in Boston and were arrested. (1656)

American Revolutionary War: First vote on Declaration of Independence took place. (1776)

Earliest recorded Methodist camp meeting in America was held in Logan County, Kentucky near Gaspar River Church. (1800)

Admiral James C Ross reached magnetic North Pole. (1831)

US President Andrew Jackson announced to Congress the bequest by James Smithson of 100,000 gold sovereigns to found an institution in Washington DC. (1836)

US Congress outlawed polygamy for the first time. (1862)

US Civil War: Battle of Gettysburg began. (1863)

The Dominion of Canada was formed. It comprised the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec. (1867)

First US zoo opened in Philadelphia. (1874)

Christian Author Harriet Beecher Stowe died. She had averaged nearly a book a year at the peak of her production, but Uncle Tom’s Cabin will remain her most famous. (1896)

Spanish-American War: Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders charged up San Juan Hill. (1898)

The Gideons were founded by three traveling businessmen. (1899)

Missionary Horace Tracy Pitkin was beheaded during the Boxer Uprising in China. (1900)

Geronimo was baptized into the Methodist Church in Medicine Creek, Oklahoma Territory. (1903)

Albert Einstein introduced his theory of relativity. (1905)

World’s first air force was established as part of US Army. (1907)

Coca-Cola first sold its current coke formula without cocaine. (1916)

WW1: First day of the Battle of the Somme took place. The British Army suffered its worst day, losing 19,240 men. (1916)

The Communist Party of China was founded. Chen Duxiu was elected its leader. (1921)

Popeye was born. (1929)

WW2: German Nazi regime declared married women shouldn’t work. (1933)

Andrae Crouch, Gospel composer and artist, was born. (1942)

US postal service instituted Zone Improvement Plan, the zip code. (1963)

U.S. Supreme Court ruled that public school teachers may not enter parochial school classrooms to provide remedial or enrichment instruction. (1985)

United Kingdom returned Hong Kong and the New Territories to the People’s Republic of China. (1997)

The US Supreme Court ruled family-owned corporations can reject provision of Obamacare on religious grounds. (2014)


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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