Today in HisStory – July 9

Stephen Langton died. He was the Archbishop of Canterbury who formulated the original division of the Bible into chapters. (1228)

Lady Jane Grey was proclaimed queen of England, but only served nine days before being disposed. She succeeded Edward VI, son of Henry VIII, who proclaimed his half-sisters were illegitimate. (1553)

Moravian missionary Georg Schmidt was the first protestant missionary to arrive in South Africa. (1737)

American Revolutionary War: Boston preacher Jonathan Mayhew died. In his support for personal liberty, he opposed the unpopular Stamp Act imposed by Britain on the colonies, apparently coining the slogan, “No taxation without representation.” (1766)

Michael Paknanas was beheaded at the site of the ancient temple of Olympian Zeus because of his refusal to deny Christianity and embrace Islam. (1771)

American Revolutionary War: Declaration of Independence was read to George Washington’s troops in New York. (1776)

Napoleon annexed the Kingdom of Holland as part of the First French Empire. (1810)

First natural gas well in US was discovered. (1815)

Corncob pipe, made from small corn kernels, was invented. (1869)

First ever Wimbledon tennis championship began. (1877)

Daniel Williams performed the first successful open heart surgery without anesthesia. (1893)

William Cameron Townsend was born. He was an American missionary and linguist who established Wycliffe Bible Translators. (1896)

WW1: British battleship HMS Vanguard exploded at Scapa Flow killing 804. The explosion was the result of an internal explosion of faulty cordite. (1917)

101 were killed and 171 were injured in worst US train wreck in history. It happened in Nashville, Tennessee. (1918)

WW2: SS Reichsfuehrer Heinrich Himmler took command of German Concentration Camps. (1934)

WW2: German Evangelist Church, the Confessing Church, protested against euthanasia pogroms. (1940)

WW2: US President Harry Truman asked Congress to formally end the state of war with Germany. (1951)

Dick Clark first hosted American Bandstand. (1956)

Henry Kissinger visited the People’s Republic of China to negotiate a detente between the US and China. (1971)

Seven people died in a stampede trying to get in to see Pope John Paul II in a soccer stadium in Fortaleza, Brazil. (1980)

Michael Fagan broke into Buckingham Palace and entered the Queen’s bedroom in Buckingham Palace, London. (1982)

Attorney General’s Commission on pornography linked hard-core porn to sex crimes. (1986)

Days of student protests began after Iranian police and hardliners attacked a student dormitory at the University of Tehran. (1999)


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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