Today in HisStory – July 26

Japanese Christians John Mat Suzuki and Paul Tsukamoto were decapitated for their faith. (1622)

United States Post Office was established under Benjamin Franklin. (1775)

New York became the eleventh state to ratify the US constitution. (1788)

US passed the Assumption bill making US responsible for state debts. (1790)

The Surrey Iron Railway, the world’s first public railway, opened in south London. (1803)

Hieromonk Gedeon began a short preaching tour among the Kadiak of Alaska which led many to become Orthodox Christians. (1804)

William Wilberforce, the man who fought to rid Great Britain of slavery, heard the act to end slavery had been passed as he lay on his deathbed. (1833)

The first sugar cane plantation started in Hawaii. (1835)

Phoebe Palmer, an American Methodist, received sanctifying grace and went on to challenge many others to holy living, including African-American evangelist Amanda Smith. (1837)

The Liberian Declaration of Independence was signed making Liberia a sovereign nation, independent from the American Colonization Society. (1847)

US Civil War: During the Battle of Salineville Ohio, John Hunt Morgan and 364 troops surrendered ending Morgan’s Raid into Ohio. (1863)

Fidelia Fiske, missionary to the Nestorians of Persia, died. Her work in the countryside and among mountain tribes won respect and contributed to the slow improvement of the lot of Persian women. (1864)

Patrick Francis Healy was the first African American awarded a PhD. He received it from University of Leuven in Belgium. (1865)

In England, the Disestablishment Bill was passed, officially dissolving the Church of Ireland. Those who defended the Church of Ireland became known as the longest word in English dictionary – antidisestablishmentarianism. (1869)

In California, the poet and American West outlaw calling himself Black Bart made his last clean getaway when he stole a safe box from a Wells Fargo stagecoach. He made all of his robberies on foot, was always very polite, and never fired a weapon during his years as an outlaw. This made him famous as the gentleman bandit. (1878)

Vitascope Hall, the first permanent for-profit movie theater, opened in New Orleans. (1896)

Horatio Nelson Jackson and Sewall K. Crocker made the first automobile trip across the United States from San Francisco to New York City. (1903)

United States Attorney General Charles Joseph Bonaparte issued an order to immediately staff the Office of the Chief Examiner. It was later renamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the FBI. (1908)

J. Edgar Hoover got a job in US Department of Justice. Latter he was the longest serving FBI director and served from 1935 to 1972. (1917)

National Bar Association was incorporated. (1926)

WW2: Declaration of Potsdam was issued when US, Britain, and China demanded the Japanese surrender. It declared if Japan did not surrender unconditionally and immediately, it would face “prompt and utter destruction.” The Japanese government disregarded ultimatum. (1945)

WW2: Physicist Raemer Schreiber and Lieutenant Colonel Peer de Silva departed Kirtland Army Air Field to transport the plutonium core for the Fat Man bomb. The atomic  bomb that would be dropped in Nagasaki was delivered to the island of Tinian where the bomb is assembled. (1945)

WW2: Winston Churchill resigned as Britain’s Prime Minister after an election defeat. (1945)

US President Harry Truman ordered the desegregation of all US forces. (1946)

US President Truman signed the National Security Act establishing Department of Defense, CIA, National Security Council and Joint Chiefs of Staff. (1947)

Fidel Castro began his rebellion, the 26th of July Movement, against Fulgenico Batista’s regime in Cuba. (1953)

Arizona Governor John Howard Pyle ordered an anti-polygamy law enforcement crackdown on residents of Short Creek, Arizona. It became known as the Short Creek Raid. (1953)

Light flashes were seen on Jupiter moon Io. (1983)

Peter Dyneka, evangelist to eastern Europeans, died. Born in Russia, he was converted in a Billy Sunday service after coming to the US. For his energetic spread of the gospel he had become known as Peter Dynamite. (1987)

US President George H.W. Bush signed Americans With Disabilities Act. (1990)

Chinese government suspended the operations of a Shanghai meat dealer and made arrests after the company sold out-of-date meat to fast food chains, including McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken. (2014)

Three live king cobras were reported found inside potato chip cans by customs officials in Los Angeles. (2017)


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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