Today in HisStory – August 19

Roman General Andrew and 2,593 Romans soldiers he’d led to Christ were tortured and executed for their faith. None recanted. (302 AD)

King James I of Aragon censored Hebrew writing. (1263)

Father Thomas Bilney was burned at the stake for preaching, “the just shall live by faith”, and for distributing Bibles to laymen. (1531)

Benjamin Banneker wrote a letter to the Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson using the United States Declaration of Independence to criticize Jefferson’s pro-slavery stance and to request justice for African Americans. (1791)

War of 1812: US warship Constitution defeated British warship Guerriere. (1812)

Details of Louis Daguerre’s first practical photographic process were released in Paris. (1839)

New York Herald reported gold discovery in California. (1849)

Orville Wright was born in Dayton, Ohio. (1871)

The Christian Union, the oldest Pentecostal denomination now known as the Church of God, was founded in Monroe County, Tennessee. (1886)

American frontier murderer and outlaw John Wesley Hardin was killed by an off-duty policeman in a saloon in El Paso, Texas. (1895)

First electric taxis drove in London. (1897)

The one and only Olympic Cricket Match in Paris took place. (1900)

Indianapolis 500 race track opened. (1909)

WW1: In a message to the Senate, US President Woodrow Wilson urged the American people to be “neutral in fact as well as name.” (1914)

WW1: British liner SS Arabic, a passenger ship, was sunk by German submarine without warning after leaving Liverpool for New York. 44 were killed including three Americans.  This created a diplomatic incident and brought the US closer to entering the war. (1915)

Sunday benefit baseball game at Polo Grounds resulted in John McGraw and Christy Mathewson’s arrest for violating Blue Laws. (1917)

The first All-American Soap Box Derby was held in Dayton, Ohio. (1934)

WW2: Adolf Hitler became the president of Germany. (1934)

WW2: Over 4,000 Canadian and British soldiers were killed, wounded or captured raiding Dieppe, France. (1942)

ABC began Saturday morning kid shows. (1950)

The first commercial atomic energy reactor, owned by the Yankee Atomic Electric Company, achieved a self-sustaining nuclear reaction in Rowe, Deerfield River, Massachusetts. (1960)

Soviet Cosmonauts Vladimir Lyakov and Valery Ryumin returned to Earth aboard Soyuz 34 after a record 175 days in space. (1979)

Operation Iraqi Freedom: The last of the United States brigade combat teams crossed the border to Kuwait, ending the war. (2010)


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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