Today in HisStory – July 21

Herostratus set fire to the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus. It  one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. (356 BC)

Alexandria was destroyed by the Crete Earthquake followed by tsunami around the Eastern Mediterranean. (365 AD)

Pope Paul III extended the scope of the Roman Inquisition to end the Protestant Reformation. in a three year period, this Italian Inquisition tried over 800 individuals suspected of Lutheranism as well as Calvinists, Anabaptists, Jews, blasphemers, sorcerers, and the like, penalizing one hundred and eleven of them severely, many with death. (1542)

John Locke’s Constitution of the English colony of Carolina was approved. (1669)

Welsh Evangelist Howell Harris died. (1773)

Mormons founded the first English settlement in California at San Joaquin Valley. (1846)

US Civil War: First battle of Bull Run was fought resulting in a Confederate victory. (1861)

Wild Bill Hickok shot and killed Davis Tutt in the first true western gunfight showdown. (1865)

Cholera epidemic killed hundreds in London. (1866)

Author Ernest Hemingway was born. (1899)

Albert Schweitzer obtained a degree in theology. (1900)

After 13 years, the 4,607-mile Trans-Siberian railway was completed. (1904)

WW1: Wilson sent the third Lusitania note. It warned Germany, future infringement of American rights would be deemed “deliberately unfriendly.” (1915)

To prove his contention that air power is superior to sea power, US Colonel William Mitchell demonstrated how bombs from planes could sink a captured German battleship. (1921)

John T. Scopes was found guilty of teaching evolution in his Dayton, Tennessee classroom and was fined $100. Later, the conviction was overturned by the US Supreme Court. (1925)

US Veterans Administration formed. (1930)

Bill McChesney, missionary to the Republic of Congo now known as Zaire, was martyred (1936)

Adolf Hitler took to the airwaves to announce that the attempt on his life has failed and that “accounts will be settled.” (1944)

160 civil right activists were jailed after demonstration in Albany, Georgia. (1962)

On Bloody Friday, within the space of 75 minutes, the Provisional Irish Republican Army exploded 22 bombs in Belfast killing 9 and injuring 130. (1972)

57 murders occurred in 24 hours in New York City. (1972)

US House Judiciary approved two Articles of Impeachment against US President Richard Nixon. (1974)

World’s lowest-ever natural temperature recorded was −89.2 °C, −128.6 °F, 184.0 K at Soviet Vostok Station, Antarctica. (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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