Today in HisStory – August 12

Venus and Jupiter were in conjunction. This could have been the Star of Bethlehem. (3 AD)

In the Battle of Otranto, Ottoman troops beheaded 800 Christians for refusing to convert to Islam. (1480)

Christopher Columbus arrived in the Canary Islands on his first voyage to the New World. (1492)

First American police force formed in New Amsterdam which is now New York City. (1658)

First war between American colonists and the Indians ended in New England. (1676)

French Revolution: A decree ordered the evacuation of all religious houses still occupied by religious men and women, meaning monks and nuns. (1792)

Chicago was founded. (1833)

Isaac Singer patented the sewing machine. (1851)

Anthony Fass patented the accordion. (1856)

Joseph Lister performed the first antiseptic surgery. (1865)

US President Andrew Johnson defied Congress by suspending Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. (1867)

Self-proclaimed Emperor Norton of the USA issued an edit abolishing the Democratic and Republican parties. (1869)

Thomas Edison invented the Edisonphone, a sound recording device. (1877)

The last quagga, a zebra subspecies, died at the Artis Magistra Zoo in Amsterdam. (1883)

Hawaii was formally annexed to the US. (1898)

Spanish American War: Peace protocol ending the war was signed. (1898)

Edith Nathan, May Nathan, and Mary Heaysman, three women who had been working as missionaries in the Chinese city of Ta-ning, were captured by Boxers and executed the next morning. (1900)

Henry Ford’s company built the first Model T car. (1908)

WW1: Great Britain declared war on Austria-Hungary. (1914)

WW I: Allies defeated Germans at the Battle of Amiens. This was the last great battle on the Western Front. (1918)

Bolsheviks arrested the Orthodox spiritual father of the Belogorsk monastery, Hieromonk Vyacheslav, whom they executed. (1918)

WW1: Battle of Warsaw took place between Poland and Russia. (1920)

Wings, the only silent film to win an Oscar for best picture, opened starring Clara Bow. It won Outstanding Picture in 1929. (1927)

The Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland, premiered. (1939)

WW2: French Marshal Henri Petain gave full support to Nazi Germany (1941)

In Bolivia, four years after Dave Bacon, Cecil and Bob Dye, George Hosback, and Eldon Hunter were martyred by Ayore Indians, a group of Ayoré laid down their weapons and came out of the jungle. (1947)

East Germany began construction on the Berlin Wall. (1961)

For the first time, two people were in space. (1962)

Vietnam War: Last American combat ground troops left Vietnam. (1972)

Chuck Colson, Watergate Conspirator, Christian speaker, and author, was saved. (1973)

High Energy Astronomy Observatory, HEAO 1, was launched into Earth’s orbit by NASA. (1977)

Space shuttle Enterprise, the first space shuttle, made its first atmospheric flight. (1977)

IBM introduced its first Personal Computer – PC & PC-DOS version 1.0. (1981)

Ebola outbreak death toll exceeded 1,000. (2014)

American swimmer Katie Ledecky’s medal tally of 4 golds, 1 silver made her the most decorated US female athlete at one Olympics. She was the highest female of Rio games and the first swimmer to win 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle at same Olympics since 1968. (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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