Today in HisStory – August 16

Hongwu Emperor of Ming China, Emperor Dong, heard a case of couple who tore money bills while fighting over them. This was considered an act of destroying stamped government documents punishable by 100 floggings. Hongwu Emperor decided to pardon them. (1384)

John the Constant died. He had been a leader of the princes who protested the measures taken by the Catholic-dominated Diet of Speyer and was the first to be named a “Protestant”. He signed the Augsburg Confesssion and helped organize the Schmalkaldic League which protected the Protestant Reformation. (1532)

John Campanius sailed from Stockholm with his family to minister in Delaware. There he learned the Lenape tongue and translated religious works into it, kept weather records, and consecrated the first Lutheran church built in the new world. (1642)

Yorktown, Virginia was founded. (1691)

American Revolutionary War: Militiamen defeated British forces at the Battle of Bennington near Vermont. (1777)

War of 1812: General Hull surrendered Detroit and Michigan territory to British forces. (1812)

Siamese twins Chang and Eng Bunker arrived in Boston to be exhibited. (1829)

Britain’s Queen Victoria telegraphed US President James Buchanan. (1858)

US Civil War: US President Abraham Lincoln prohibited Union states from trading with Confederacy. (1861)

US Civil War: Chickamauga campaign took place in Georgia. (1863)

Second Great Awakening Revivalist Charles Finney died at Oberlin. (1875)

Indian chiefs from the Sioux and Onondaga tribes met to urge their people to renounce Christianity and return to their old Indian faith. (1894)

Gold was first discovered in Klondike, Alaska. (1896)

Edwin Prescott patented the roller coaster. (1898)

Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians was hit in head by Yankees pitcher Carl Mays. He died the next day in the only major league fatality. (1920)

US ended its occupation of Haiti. (1934)

WW2: Puyi, the last Chinese Emperor and ruler of Manchukuo, was captured by Soviet troops. He was a puppet ruler for the Japanese Empire. (1945)

Widespread riots erupted in Calcutta between Muslims and Hindus over whether Pakistan should be a separate state. 4,000 were killed, and 100,000 were left homeless. (1946)

Baseball player Babe Ruth died. (1948)

Author Margaret Mitchell died. (1949)

250,000 West Berliners demonstrated against East Berlin. (1961)

Elvis Presley died. He’s still dead. (1977)

IBM introduced software for artificial intelligence. (1988)

A solar flare from the Sun created a geomagnetic storm affecting micro chips. This led to a halt of all trading on Toronto’s stock market. (1989)

Uganda dictator Idi Amin died. (2003)

Julian Assange, Wikileaks founder, was granted political asylum by Ecuador. (2012)


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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