Today in HisStory – July 31

Battle of Alexandria resulted in Marc Anthony committing suicide. (33 BC)

The oldest recorded eruption of Mt. Fuji in Japan took place. (781 AD)

Christopher Columbus, on his third voyage, discovered the Island of Trinidad. (1498)

Pilgrims departed Leiden, Holland for England before heading to America, (1620)

Author Daniel Defoe was placed in a pillory for the crime of seditious libel after publishing a politically satirical pamphlet. A pillory was a wooden device with holes for his head and hands and is meant for public humiliation. Instead of throwing fruits and rocks, the public pelted him with flowers. His most famous novel was Robinson Crusoe. (1703)

A hurricane sank Spanish treasure ships. (1715)

A fire in Stockholm, Sweden destroyed 1,000 houses. (1751)

American Revolutionary War: Francis Salvador became the first Jew to die for American Independence. (1776)

American Revolutionary War: Marquis de Lafayette accepted a commission as a major-general in the Continental Army—without pay. (1777)

The cornerstone was laid for first US government building, the US Mint in Philadelphia. (1792)

War of 1812: British invaded Plattsburgh, New York. (1813)

Slaves that have been freed in the West Indian Islands held midnight prayer and thanksgiving services. (1834)

Methodist elder Orange Scott died. He had presided over the convention that created the Weslyan Methodist Connexion, whose members felt that the Methodist Episcopal Church compromised on too many issues, including slavery. (1847)

US Coast Guard officers’ training school was established. (1876)

Henry Perky patented Shredded Wheat. (1892)

US government prohibited movies and photos of prize fights. (1912)

WW1: German Emperor Wilhelm II threatened war when he ordered Russia to demobilize. (1914)

WW2: Tokyo Japan was awarded the 1940 Olympics. Later, when war broke out, it was cancelled. (1936)

Politburo enabled Operative Order 00447. The Soviet Union executed 193,000 Russians. (1937)

Archaeologists discover engraved gold and silver plates from King Darius in Persepolis. (1938)

WW2: German SS gased 1,000 Jews in Minsk, Belorussian. (1942)

WW2: Pierre Laval, fugitive former leader of Vichy France, surrendered to Allied soldiers in Austria. Later he was convicted and executed for treason. (1945)

Department of Health, Education, and Welfare was created. (1953)

Wang Ming-Dao, a Chinese evangelical pastor, was denounced by the Communist-controlled official church publication. (1955)

Israel welcomed its 1,000,000th immigrant. (1961)

Alabamans burned Beatle products due to John Lennon’s anti-Jesus remark. Lennon said during an interview, “”We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first – rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.” (1966)

The complete New American Standard Version of the Bible, NASB, was first published, (1970)

Mobster and Union leader Jimmy Hoffa disappeared. The mystery has never been solved. (1975)

In Egypt, a Muslim mob murdered two Sunday school teachers, Dr. Emad Barbari and his brother Boushra Barbari, and threw their bodies into the river. The suspects confessed to the murders but no formal charges were brought against them. (1978)

Operation Banner, the presence of the British Army in Northern Ireland, came to an end. It was the longest-running British Army operation ever. (2007)

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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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