Today in HisStory – August 2

In the Second Punic War, during the Battle of Cannae, the Carthaginian army led by Hannibal defeated numerically superior Roman army. (216 BC)

King William II of England was killed by an arrow shot by Sir Walter Tyrell while hunting in the New Forest. (1100)

James Abbes was martyred by being burned at the stake during Queen Mary of Tudor’s reign. (1555)

Henry Hudson entered what would later be called Hudson Bay for the first time. (1610)

American Revolutionary War:  US Declaration of Independence was formally signed by 56 people. (1776)

American Revolutionary War:  George Washington created an honorary badge of distinction. (1782)

In the first US Census, the population was 3,939,214 including 697,624 slaves. (1790)

Napoleon was declared Consul for Life. (1802)

First parachute jump in US took place. (1819)

In the Battle of Bad Axe, Wisconsin, 1,300 Illinois militia defeated Sauk and Fox Native Americans ending the Black Hawk War. (1832)

Lewis Carroll published Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. (1865)

Tower Subway, the world’s first underground tube railway, opened in London. (1870)

First roller skating rink opened in London. (1875)

Wild Bill Hickok was murdered. (1876)

Frederik Franson, missions pioneer, died. He had founded T.E.A.M., The Evangelical Alliance Mission, in Chicago. In his mission work, he had often encountered persecution and had even been jailed for his faith activities. (1908)

Army Air Corps formed as Army took the first delivery from Wright Brothers. (1909)

First Lincoln head pennies were issued. (1909)

WW1: Germany and Turkey signed a secret treaty of alliance. (1914)

WW1: Great Britain mobilized for war. (1914)

US President Warren G. Harding died of a stroke while in office while returning from an Alaskan tour as the Tea Pot Dome scandal was coming to light. (1923)

Carl David Anderson discovered and photographed a positron, positive electron. It was the first known antiparticle. (1932)

WW2: Paul von Hindenburg, president of the Weimar Republic of Germany, died. This opened the door for Hitler to gain power. (1934)

WW2: Adolf Hitler became commander-in-chief of German armed forces. (1934)

Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 was passed in America, essentially rendering marijuana and all its by-products illegal (1937)

Hatch Act prohibited political activity by federal workers (1939)

WW2: Clermont-Ferrand, the capital of Nazi occupied France, sentences General Charles de Gaulle to death (1940)

WW2: Potsdam Conference between Joseph Stalin, Harry Truman, and Winston Churchill ended. The conference decided post-war order, peace treaty issues, and countering the effects of the war. (1945)

Vietnam War: North Vietnam fired on a US destroyer in the Gulf of Tonkin incident which eventually escalated US involvement in the war. (1964)

Desert Storm: Iraq invaded Kuwait (1990)

First successful gene editing in human embryos to repair disease-causing mutation was reported by scientists in Nature. (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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