Today in HisStory – July 2

Terrified by a thunderstorm, Martin Luther vowed to become a monk and soon afterward entered the order of Augustinian Hermits. (1505)

French Jesuit Isaac Jogues arrived in Quebec where he was martyred. (1636)

King James II disbanded the English parliament. (1687)

Thomas Savery patented the first steam engine. (1698)

First Bible in America printed in English was published in Boston. (1752)

American Revolutionary War: Continental Congress resolved “these United Colonies are and of right ought to be Free & Independent States.” (1776)

American Revolutionary War: John Dickenson abstained from the vote to declare US independence and became the only member refusing to sign because he felt it was too early for such a declaration. Since a proposal had been brought forth and carried stating, “for our mutual security and protection,” no man could remain in Congress without signing, Dickinson voluntarily left and joined the Pennsylvania militia. (1776)

Dan Beach Bradley, medical missionary, set sail for Siam. (1834)

Sarah Davis Comstock, her husband Grover, and other missionaries sailed from Boston aboard the Cashmere for Burma. Sarah’s death of dysentery nine years later, because of her many acts of kindness, led several Burmese to commit themselves to Christ. (1834)

Slaves aboard a Spanish schooner La Amistad revolted to secure their freedom while being transported from one Cuban port to another. (1839)

An alligator fell from sky during a thunderstorm in Charleston, South Carolina. (1843)

Envelope bearing first US 10 cent stamp was used. It still exists today. (1847)

Benjamin Lane patented a gas mask with a breathing apparatus. (1850)

US Civil War: Second Day of the Battle of Gettysburg took place. (1863)

William Booth preached the first of nine sermons in a tattered tent under the name of the East London Christian Mission. Later it became known as the Salvation Army. (1865)

First US elevated railroad began service in New York City. (1867)

US President James Garfield was shot by anarchist Charles J. Guiteau. He died 81 days later. (1881)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid robbed a train of $40,000 at Wagner, Montana. (1901)

WW1: US President Warren G. Harding signed a joint congressional resolution declaring the official end of war with Germany. (1921)

At Zang Xien, China, Wang Ming-dao preached his first public sermon. He became the father of China’s house church movement, rejecting assimilation into the official Communist-controlled Three-Self Patriotic Church system. (1921)

US Army Air Corp was created. (1926)

Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan disappeared over Pacific Ocean. (1937)

WW2: Hitler ordered the invasion of Britain. (1940)

WW2: Nazis mass murdered 7,000 in Lvov/Lemberg. (1941)

Evangelical Pastor Martinez Quintana was martyred by a mob in Columbia. (1950)

US President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Civil Rights Act & Voting Rights Act into law. (1964)

US Supreme Court ruled the death penalty was not inherently cruel or unusual. (1976)


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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3 Responses to Today in HisStory – July 2

  1. RobbyeFaye says:

    An alligator fell from the sky!! Oh, my!! I’m glad I didn’t witness that!!
    Some of the other facts are harder to grasp, sometimes history is mind-boggling. Sadly, a lot of it is being lost or re-written. Thank you for keeping it alive!


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