Today in HisStory – July 28

Protestant reformer Thomas Cromwell, for many years the chief advisor to King Henry VIII, was executed after refusing to support Henry’s divorce against Anne of Cleves. The charge was betraying the crown. (1540)

Sir Thomas Harriot introduced potatoes to Europe on his return to England. (1586)

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach died. (1750)

French Revolution: Robespierre and 22 other leaders of “the Terror” were guillotined to thunderous cheers in Paris. (1794)

Total solar eclipse was captured for the first time on a daguerreotype photograph. (1851)

First use of fingerprints as a means of identification was made by Sir William James Herschel of the Indian Civil Service. (1858)

US Civil War: Battle of Atlanta, Georgia took place at Ezra Church. (1864)

Metric system became a legal measurement system in US. (1866)

14th Amendment guaranteeing African Americans citizenship was adopted. US Secretary of State William H. Seward announced it had been ratified by states and granted citizenship to ex-slaves. (1868)

City of Miami was incorporated. (1896)

WW1: Austria-Hungary decided against mediation and declared war on Serbia. It was the first declaration of the war. (1914)

Because of virtual anarchy, US Marines went ashore in Haiti on orders from President Woodrow Wilson. This led to an occupation that lasted until 1934. (1915)

Silent Parade was organized by Civil Rights leader James Weldon Johnson. 10,000 African-American marched on 5th Ave in New York City protesting lynching. (1917)

Mob hitman Mad Dog Coll participated in a kidnapping attempt that resulted in the shooting death of a child. (1931)

A battle broke out between unemployed war veterans and federal troops. Four died. (1932)

WW2: Italian Facist dictator Benito Mussolini resigned. (1943)

WW2: In Operation Gomorrah, the British bomb Hamburg caused a firestorm that killed 42,000 German civilians. (1943)

US Army B-25 crashed into 79th floor of Empire State Building and killed 14 people. (1945)

US Senate approved the United Nations Charter. (1945)

Physicist Raemer Schreiber and Lieutenant Colonel Peer de Silva arrived on the Pacific island of Tinian with the plutonium core used to assemble the Fat Man bomb used in the bombing of Nagasaki on August 9. (1945)

Walt Disney movie Alice In Wonderland was released. (1951)

Vietnam War: US President Lyndon B. Johnson sent 50,000 more soldiers to Vietnam. (1965)

Tangshan Earthquake, 8.2 in magnitude, killed over 240,000 in Northern China. It was the largest loss of life from an earthquake in the 20th century. (1976)

Nine coal miners trapped in the flooded Quecreek Mine in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, were rescued after 77 hours underground. (2002)


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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