Today in HisStory – August 13

Pontianus died after being exiled to the mines. He was the Apostle John’s great grandson and a leader of the church. His remains were returned to the church for a proper burial. (236 AD)

St. Maximus the Confessor, who had been a vigorous opponent of Monothelitism, died. He was tortured and had his tongue cut out and his right hand chopped off. Monothelitism was the heresy that Christ had a divine, but no human, will. (662 AD)

Spanish conquistadors under Hernán Cortés captured Aztec Emperor Cuauhtémoc in Tenochtitlan. This marked the end of the Aztec Empire. (1521)

Buddhist monks from Kyōto’s Enryaku Temple set fire to 21 Nichiren temples throughout Kyoto in the Tenbun Hokke Disturbance. (1536)

Michael Servetus was arrested by John Calvin in Geneva as a heretic. (1553)

In Roanoke, Virginia, Manteo became the first American Indian converted to Protestantism, and was baptized into the Church of England by members of Sir Walter Raleigh’s expedition. (1587)

John Smith’s story of Jamestown’s first days was submitted for publication. (1608)

Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens discovered the Martian south polar cap. (1642)

Litchfield, Connecticut was founded. (1651)

After a prayer meeting, the Moravian 100 year prayer meeting began ushering in a missionary age that is still going on today. Many, including me, believe this to be the starting date of the Philadelphia Church age in the book of Revelation and the precipice of the first Great Awakening. It is also known as the start of the Missionary Movement. (1727)

In the German village of Herrnhut, Count Nicolaus von Zinzendorf organized first Moravian community. (1727)

British parliament accepted the East India Company Act 1784, bringing the East India Company’s rule in India under the control of the British Government. (1784)

French Revolution: Revolutionaries imprisoned French royals including Marie Antoinette. (1792)

Earthquakes killed 25,000 in Ecuador and Peru. (1868)

William Gray patented the coin-operated telephone. (1889)

Spanish American War: US forces under Admiral George Dewey captured Manila. (1898)

Ira D. Sankey, Dwight L. Moody’s song evangelist for three decades, died. He had written many hymn tunes. (1908)

Harry Brearley invented stainless steel. (1913)

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

WW2: 45-48 German aircrafts were shot down over Southern England during the Battle of Britain. (1940)

US Court of Appeals ruled Congress must save all E-Mail. (1993)

American swimmer Michael Phelps ended his career at Rio Olympics winning 4×100 medley relay, his 23rd Gold medal. He is the world’s most decorated Olympian. (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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