Today in HisStory – August 15

The proconsul of Africa proclaimed unity of the African church under Gratus after years of conflict between the Catholic Church and the stricter Donatists. Donatus withdrew into exile. (347 AD)

Arabs abandoned a thirteen-month seige of Constantinople on the day of the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. They ascribed their victory to the mother of Christ. After forsaking the siege, many of the Arab ships involved were destroyed by a storm, and others were burned when ashes from the volcano of Santorini fell on them. (718 AD)

St. Stephen, first king of Hungary, died. Baptized and reared a Christian, he had founded many monasteries and churches and sent Christian missionaries throughout his realm. (1038)

King Duncan I of Scotland was killed in battle against his first cousin and rival Macbeth. He was not murdered in his sleep as in the Shakespeare’s play, and he was not succeeded by Macbeth. (1040)

Empire of Trebizond surrendered to forces of Sultan Mehmet II, the last Byzantine Empire remnant to fall. Emperor David was exiled and later murdered. (1461)

Agnes Prest of Exeter, England was martyred for her faith by being burned at the stake. She was a protestant. Her Catholic husband reported her. (1531)

First Christian missionaries to reach Japan landed at Kagoshima. (1549)

Agnes Prest was burned to death by Queen Mary’s government because of her rejection of the Roman Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation. (1557)

Mayflower set sail from Southampton, England with 102 Pilgrims. (1620)

First recorded US hurricane hit the Plymouth Colony. (1635)

French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was born. (1769)

War of 1812: After watching the Battle of Baltimore all night, Francis Scott Key wrote Star Spangled Banner, America’s national anthem. (1814)

Freed American slaves established Liberia on the West African coast through the American Colonization Society. (1824)

National black convention met in Buffalo, New York. (1843)

M Waldo Hanchett patented the dental chair. (1848)

Regular mail service to the Pacific coast began. (1858)

US Civil War: Abraham Lincoln ordered reinforcements be sent to Missouri. (1861)

Transcontinental Railway was actually completed in Colorado. (1870)

US law removed Indians from Black Hills after gold was found there. (1876)

In China, the Empress and some of her family, the court, and retainers fled while foreign troops moved through Peking in an attempt to put down the Boxer Rebellion. (1900)

Procter & Gamble introduced Crisco shortening. (1911)

Panama Canal opened. (1914)

WW1: Dinant, Belgium was destroyed by German bombs. Lt Charles de Gaulle, future president of France, was injured. (1914)

WW1: Japan joined the side of the allies. (1914)

American philosopher, writer, and speaker Will Roger died. (1935)

The Wizard of Oz premiered at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. (1939)

WW2: Victory over Japan, the Japanese surrender, and the end of the war was announced in Japan. (1945)

India gained independence from Great Britain. It remained a dominion until 1950. (1947)

A truck-load of rebel soldiers took over the hospital compound at Nobobongo, Congo, which they occupied for five months. Among the women held by them was medical missionary Dr. Helen Roseveare who lived to tell a tale of severe abuse and terror. (1964)

Woodstock opened. (1969)

US President Richard Nixon announced a 90-day freeze on wages, prices, and rents in an attempt to curb growing inflation. (1971)

North Korea created its own time zone. It moved its clocks back half an hour to GMT+8.5. (2015)

Scientists genetic study of the apple revealed its origin was in Kazakhstan. (2017)


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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