Today in HisStory – August 18

The oldest known Roman temple to Venus was founded. (293 BC)

Helena, first Christian archeologist and mother to first Christian Roman Emperor Constantine, died. (328 AD)

Genghis Khan, founder of the Mongol Empire, died. (1227)

John White, the governor of the Roanoke Island colony in present-day North Carolina, returned from a supply-trip to England to find the settlement deserted. The colonists were never found. (1590)

John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim’s Progress, preached his last sermon. (1688)

Public was first admitted to the Salon de Paris art exhibition at the Louvre in Paris. (1737)

United States Exploring Expedition, headed by Charles Wilkes, departed for the Pacific Ocean and Antarctica. (1738)

A lightning strike on the Bastion of San Nazaro in Brescia, Italy ignited 90 tons of gunpowder. 3,000 people were killed. (1769)

Meriwether Lewis, famous explorer of the US, was born. (1774)

George Washington signed Jay Treaty with Great Britain. (1795)

60-70 foot sea serpent sightings were reported offshore in Gloucester, Massachusetts. (1817)

United States Exploring Expedition headed by Charles Wilkes departed for the Pacific Ocean and Antarctica. It was the first marine expedition. (1838)

American Society of Dental Surgeons was founded in New York. (1840)

US Civil War: General Lee’s adjutant, Major Stuart, was captured. (1862)

French Astronomer Pierre Janssen discovered helium in solar spectrum during an eclipse. (1868)

First mail-order catalog was issued by A M Ward. (1872)

US Congress created the Bureau of Immigration. (1894)

Mayor of Tokyo Yukio Ozaki presented Washington, D.C. with 2,000 cherry trees. US President Taft decided to plant them near the Potomac River. (1909)

WW1: US President Woodrow Wilson issued the Proclamation of Neutrality delaying US involvement in the war. (1914)

Cameron Townsend sets off from home to do mission work. He later founded Wycliffe Bible Translators and the Summer Institute of Linguistics. (1917)

Anti-Cigarette League of America formed in Chicago, Illinois. (1919)

19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote, was ratified after Tennessee voted yes. (1920)

The Yangtze River in China peaked during a horrible flood that kills 3.7 million people. (1931)

WW2: The Battle of Britain became ‘the hardest day” when Luftwaffe attacked the RAF in largest ever air battle. The Luftwaffe lost 69 aircrafts. The RAF lost 68. (1940)

WW2: Adolf Hitler orders that the systematic murder of the mentally ill and handicapped be brought to an end because of protests within Germany. (1941)

Chinese evangelist John Sung, who led thousands to Christ in China, died at 43 years old. (1944)

TV game show scandal investigation started. (1958)

First commercial oral contraceptive, Enovid 10, debuted in Skokie, Illinois. (1960)

Jerry Lewis appeared on Donahue to defend telethons after Phil Donahue’s attacks on them. (1981)

Ohio health care worker Donald Harvey was sentenced to triple life for poisoning 24 patients. (1987)

Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev was placed under house arrest during a coup by high-ranking members of his own government, military and police forces. (1991)


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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