Today in HisStory – August 17

Govenor John White returned to Roanoke, North Carolina to find no trace of colonists he had left there three years earlier. (1590)

English Puritan Preacher Richard Mather first arrived in Boston. (1635)

Two thousand Nonconformist pastors preached farewell sermons to their congregations in England, having been expelled from their pulpits by law. (1662)

Presbyterian pastor John Craig arrived in America, disembarking in Delaware. The first settled minister in western Virginia, he traveled the region preaching and baptizing. (1734)

Scottish preacher John Witherspoon, signer of the Declaration of Independence, became the president of Harvard. (1768)

Tennessee Pioneer and Senator Davy Crockett was born. (1786)

Losantville, Ohio, now called Cincinnati, was founded. (1788)

Robert Fulton’s steamboat Clermont began its first trip up Hudson River. (1807)

American Movement for Christian Unity, now known as Disciples of Christ denomination, was founded. (1809)

Solymon Merrick patented the wrench. (1835)

Mrs. Esther Morris became the first US woman magistrate in South Pass, Wyoming. (1870)

Billy the Kid committed his first murder. (1877)

Richard Upjohn, an architect who had designed many Christian churches in the United States, died. He applied revived English Gothic architectural style, but he refused a commission to design a Unitarian church building, considering Unitarians anti-Christian. (1878)

First public bathhouse with showers opened in New York City. It was called the People’s Bath. (1891)

Electric self-starter for automobile was patented. (1891)

Joe Pulitzer donated $1 million to Columbia University to begin Pulitzer Prizes. (1903)

Projection in Paris of the very first animated cartoon, Fantasmagorie, took place. (1908)

Hurricane struck Galveston, Texas, an island with only one bridge inland, after weather service predicted clear skies. 275 were killed. (1915)

WW2: Hitler ordered a total blockade of Great Britain. (1940)

Korean War: Korea was divided into North and South Korea along the 38th parallel. (1945)

George Orwell published Animal Farm. (1946)

The Radcliffe Line, the border between Union of India and Dominion of Pakistan. was revealed. (1947)

Federal Constitutional Court banned the Communist Party of Germany in West Germany. (1956)

East German border guards shot and killed 18 year old Peter Fechter while he was attempting to cross Berlin Wall into western sector. (1962)

Woodstock Music Festival ended. (1969)

WW2: Rudolf Hess became the last of Hitler’s henchmen to die when he is found strangled to death in Spandau Prison in Berlin at the age of 93, apparently the victim of suicide. (1987)

US President Bill Clinton admitted in taped testimony he had an “improper physical relationship” with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. (1998)

Collision of two neutron stars was witnessed for the first time first by US-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory. (2017)

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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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