Today in HisStory – August 5

The last major Viking army to raid England was defeated at the Battle of Tettenhall. (910 AD)

Emperor Romanos IV Diogenes was captured. After that, Islam advanced through Europe. (1071)

William Wallace, Scottish resistance leader, was captured by the English. (1305)

Spanish Jesuits, led by Fray Batista Segura, arrived in the Chesapeake Bay area of Virginia. Their purpose was to convert the American Indians to Christianity, but they were massacred six months later. (1570)

Humphrey Gilbert claimed Newfoundland for the British crown. This was the first English colony in North America and the beginning of the British Empire. (1583)

Eight Quakers from England arrived in Boston and were immediately imprisoned by the local Puritan authorities. (1656)

War of 1812: Tecumseh’s Native American force ambushed Thomas Van Horne’s 200 Americans at Brownstone Creek, causing them to flee and retreat. (1812)

Oregon territory was divided between the US and Great Britain at 49th parallel. (1846)

The first telegraph line across the Atlantic Ocean was completed. (1858)

US Army abolished flogging. (1861)

US Civil War: Battle of Mobile Bay was won by the Union. It was led by Rear Admiral Farragut with the cry “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” (1864)

Cornerstone for Statue of Liberty was laid on Bedloe’s Island. (1884)

British and French signed an accord to divide African colonization. (1890)

First electric traffic light was installed in the US on the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. (1914)

WW1: Warsaw, Poland was evacuated by the Russians. The Germans occupied it. (1915)

WW1: The entire US National Guard was taken into national service, subject to presidential rather than state control. (1917)

WW1: The Treaty of Berlin ended the war. US and Germany signed a separate peace treaty. (1921)

Houdini stayed in a coffin under water for 1½ hrs before escaping. (1926)

Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, was born. (1930)

At Berlin Olympics, Jesse Owens won his 3rd Olympic medal embarrassing the Nazis who believed they were the superior race. (1936)

WW2: During the Battle of Troina, Mount Etna in Italy erupted sending ash and lava miles into the sky. (1943)

WW2: Polish insurgents liberated a German forced-labor camp in Warsaw, freeing 348 Jewish prisoners. (1944)

Jesse Irvin Overholtzer, founder and first director of Child Evangelism Fellowship, died. (1955)

Movie actress Marilyn Monroe was found dead from a sducidal drug overdose in her home in Los Angeles. (1962)

Vietnam War: US began bombing in North Vietnam. (1964)

Martin Luther King Jr. was stoned with rocks during Chicago civil rights march. (1966)

US President Richard Nixon admitted he withheld information about Watergate break-in. (1974)

US President Ronald Reagan fired 11,500 striking air traffic controllers. (1981)

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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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