Today in HisStory – August 4

Supernova was seen in Cassiopia. (1181)

Dom Pérignon invented Champagne. (1693)

Francis Makemie, an Irish missionary who established the first Presbyterian church in America, died. His acquital in New York for preaching without a license, obtained with the help of leading New England Congregationalists, is viewed as a landmark in freedom of religion in America. (1708)

Jury acquitted John Zenger, publisher of the New York Weekly Journal. He was charged with seditious libel by the royal governor of New York. This was a victory for freedom of press in America. (1735)

US Coast Guard was founded as Revenue Cutter Service. (1790)

French Revolution: A wave of hostility toward Christians took place when French Legislation closed all religious houses. (1792)

Rev. William C. Blair became the first Sunday-school missionary of the American Sunday-school Union. In his first year, he travelled 2,500 miles in six states and formed 61 new Sunday Schools. (1821)

Fabian Gottlieb von Bellinghausen and a Russian polar expedition returned to Kronshtadt after becoming the first to circumnavigate Antarctica. (1821)

First edition of Saturday Evening Post was published. The magazine was an American icon until its last publication date in 1969. (1821)

US government collected its first income tax. (1862)

US Indian Wars: While protecting a railroad survey party in Montana, US 7th Cavalry, under Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer, clashed for the first time with the Sioux near the Tongue River. One man was killed on each side. (1873)

Mary Slessor boarded the canoe of a friendly chief who took her up river to a new work among Nigeria’s people. (1888)

Lizzie Borden was arrested for the murder of her parents. (1892)

An allied expeditionary force, made up of Japanese, Russian, British, French, and American troops, set off from Tientsin for Peking, China, to put down the Chinese Boxer Rebellion. (1900)

WWI: German army invaded Belgium, shot Belgian priests, and burned down the village of Battice. (1914)

WW1: Germany declared war on Belgium. Great Britain declared war on Germany. (1914)

WW1: US declared neutrality on the outbreak of the war. (1914)

Russian Revolution: Pravda, the official newspaper of the revolution and the Soviet Union, called for the killing of all capitalists, priests. and officers. (1917)

Nicholas Frolovich Blazhnov, a reader in the Russian Orthodox Church, was arrested by Communist authorities. Five months later, he was sentenced to death and executed within a few weeks. (1930)

WW2: First train with Jews departed Mechelen Belgium bound for Auschwitz. (1942)

WW2: Anne Frank and her family were arrested in Amsterdam by German Security Police. This followed a tip-off from an informer who was never identified. (1944)

The murdered bodies of civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James E Chaney were discovered in an earthen Mississippi dam. (1964)

US launched the first satellite into lunar orbit from a manned spacecraft. (1971)

Uganda dictator Idi Amin ordered the expulsion of 50,000 Asians with British passports from Uganda. (1972)

US President Jimmy Carter established the Department of Energy. (1977)

Muppets Missy Piggy and Kermit the Frog announced the end to their relationship on Twitter. (2015)


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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