Today in HisStory – July 11

Clement VII excommunicated Henry VIII for divorcing Catherine of Aragon and marrying Anne Boleyn. (1533)

Ann Austin and Mary Fisher became the first Quakers to immigrate to the American colonies. (1656)

Mathematical calculations suggested it was on this day that Pluto moved from the ninth to the eighth most distant planet from the Sun. This wouldn’t happen again until 1979. (1735)

US Marine Corps was established by an act of Congress. (1798)

US Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounded former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in a duel. (1804)

War of 1812: US invaded Canada on the Detroit frontier. (1812)

US Civil War: Confederate forces led by General J Early began an invasion of Washington, D.C. (1864)

Although they both applied for patents at virtually the same time, the US Patent Office decided J W Swan, rather than Thomas Edison, invented the electric light carbon for the incandescent lamp first. However Swan’s light was low resistance, had a short life span, and wasn’t as practical as Edison’s bulb. (1892)

First ever automobile race was from Paris to Bordeaux. The winner travelled 1,178 km in 48 hours, 48 minutes. (1895)

Charlotte Cooper beat Hélène Prévost to become the first female Olympic tennis champion and the first individual female Olympic champion in any sport. (1900)

US President Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Aid Road Act, a national policy of federal aid for highways. (1916)

The Hollywood Bowl opened. (1922)

Chariot’s of Fire Eric Liddell, who refused to run on Sundays, won the Olympics. (1924)

US President Franklin Roosevelt announced he would run for a fourth term. He was the only US president to run or serve more than two terms. (1944)

First air bombing of Jerusalem took place. (1948)

Congress authorized all US currency to say “In God We Trust.” (1955)

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee was first published by J. B. Lippincott & Co. (1960)

US Medal of Freedom was awarded posthumously to Rev Martin Luther King Jr. (1977)

US Skylab entered the atmosphere over Australia and disintegrated. (1979)

US Government ordered air bags or seat belts would be required in cars by 1989. (1984)

Mike Tyson hired Donald Trump as an advisor. (1988)

Neptune completed its first orbit since its discovery on September 23, 1846. (2011)


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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