Today in HisStory – August 11

The Mayan Calendar began. (3114 BC)

This is the traditional date of the defeat of Bel by Hayk, progenitor and founder of the Armenian nation. (2492 BC)

Philip Embury arrived in America to become first Methodist pastor in the colonies. (1760)

Francis II assumed the title of first Emperor of Austria. (1804)

First successful US silver mill opened in Virginia City, Nevada. (1860)

World’s first roller rink opened in Newport, Rhode Island. (1866)

Harvey Hubbell patented the electric light bulb socket with a pull chain. (1896)

SOS was first used by an American ship off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. (1909)

John Wray patented animation. (1914)

WW1: Jews were expelled from Mitchenick, Poland. (1914)

First newsreel pictures of US presidential candidates were taken. (1924)

Babe Ruth became the first to hit 500 homers. (1929)

Tempature reached 136°F, 57.8°C, at San Luis Potosi, Mexico. This set a world record. (1933)

First federal prisoners arrived at Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay. (1934)

WW2: Nazis held a mass demonstration against German Jews. (1935)

WW2: Allies refused Japan’s surrender offer to retain Emperor Hirohito. (1945)

East Germany began building the Berlin Wall. (1961)

Watts race riots began in Los Angeles. (1965)

During a radio voice test, US President Reagan joked he “signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in 5 minutes.” (1984)

Al-Qaeda formed at a meeting between Osama bin Laden, Zawahiri and Dr Fadl in Peshawar, Pakistan. (1988)

Largest Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever discovered was found in South Dakota. (1990)

NATO took over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history. (2003)

Largest ever outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease happened in New York. 12 died with over 100 cases reported in the South Bronx. (2015)

A Greenland shark was declared the oldest vertebrate animal in the world at 392 years by international team of scientists. (2016)


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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