Today in HisStory – August 3

Pope Sixtus IV issued the bull Salvator Noster to extend indulgences to cover purgatory. Families can pay to get their relatives out of purgatory. (1476)

Christopher Columbus set sail on his first voyage with three ships Santa Maria, Pinta, and Niña. (1492)

An order of the French parliament was published throughout Paris to the sound of trumpets, commanding all booksellers, printers, and others with Luther’s books in their possession to give them up within eight days or face imprisonment and fine. (1521)

First known letter was sent from North America by John Rut while at St. John’s, Newfoundland. (1527)

David Fabricius discovered light variation of Mira, the first variable star. (1596)

Nathaniel Bacon published Declaration of People of Virginia. The declaration was a list of complaints against  Virginia’s colonial governor and expressing his displeasure against unjust taxation and the government’s failure to provide colonists protection from some tribes of Native Americans. The grievances brought about the uprising known as Bacon’s Rebellion. (1676)

Robert LaSalle built the first ship in America. (1678)

Schul Ordnung, or School Management by Christopher Dock was the first book in America written about teaching methods. (1770)

Samuel Seabury was publicly recognized as Bishop of Connecticut in a convocation at Middletown, Connecticut. He was the United States’ first Anglican bishop, soon reorganized as the Episcopal Church. (1785)

Last installment of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens was published. (1861)

Congress passes 1st law restricting immigration. (1882)

Firestone Tire and Rubber Company was founded in Akron, Ohio. (1900)

WW1: Emperor Wilhelm of Germany met with Tsar Nicholas of Russia to discuss Germany’s plan to build a railroad to Baghdad. The discussion helped move Russia towards Britain and eventually the Triple Alliance during the war. (1907)

First ship passed through Panama Canal. (1914)

WW1: Germany declared war on France. Belgium denied permission for German forces to pass through to the French border. France declared war on Germany. (1914)

WW1: Adolf Hitler received the Iron Cross first class for bravery on the recommendation of his Jewish superior, Lieutenant Hugo Gutmann. (1918)

US Vice President Calvin Coolidge became the 30th US President upon death of President Warren G. Harding. Harding died of a heart attack while in office. (1923)

WW2: Adolf Hitler merged the offices of chancellor and president, declaring himself Führer . (1934)

WW2: German occupiers ordered all Dutch homing pigeons killed. (1942)

First U.S. nuclear submarine Nautilus accomplished its first undersea voyage to the geographic North Pole. (1958)

Vietnam War: 45,000 US soldiers were sent to Vietnam. (1967)

U.S. Senate ratifies the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. (1972)

Radio Shack issued a press release introducing the TRS-80 home computer. 25 existed at the time of the release. Within weeks, thousands were ordered. (1977)

13,000 Air Traffic Controllers, PATCO, began their strike. US President Ronald Reagan offered the following ultimatum to workers. “If they do not report for work within 48 hours, they have forfeited their jobs and will be terminated.” (1981)

US President George W. Bush signed the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act into law. (2001)


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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