Today in HisStory – August 20

Venus and Jupiter were in conjunction. This is a possible astrological explanation for Star of Bethlehem. (2 AD)

The Hungarian state was founded. (1000)

Sixty Anabaptists leaders met for the Synod of Martyrs to discuss how to evangelize Europe. Within five years, all but three were dead, most by persecution. (1527)

First Dutch East India Company ships returned from the Far East. (1597)

First 20 known African Americans landed at Jamestown, Virginia. (1619)

Theocharis of Neopolis, an Orthodox Christian, was martyred. The governor of Nevsehir in the Ottoman Empire had offered him his daughter in marriage on condition he convert to Islam. Offended by Theocharis’ refusal, he tortured and executed him. (1740)

Alaska was first sighted by Danish explorer Vitus Bering. (1741)

American Revolutionary War: George Washington began to move his troops south to fight Cornwallis. (1781)

US Civil War: US President Andrew Johnson formally declared Civil War over. (1866)

Tchaikovsky‘s 1812 Overture opened in Moscow. (1882)

Dial telephone was patented. (1896)

New York Times sent the first round the world telegrams. (1911)

Adolphe Pégoud of France became the first pilot to parachute from an aircraft. (1913)

First US commercial radio station, 8MK-WWJ, Detroit began daily broadcasting. (1920)

WW2: British PM Churchill said of Royal Air Force, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” (1940)

The Church of God of All Nations Pentecostal denomination was formed out of the Church of God of Prophecy. (1958)

US President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act, an anti-poverty measure totaling nearly $1 billion. It was the beginning of the massive welfare program. (1964)

During the night, 200,00 Warsaw Pact Soviet led troops invaded Czechoslovakia in response to the Prague Spring. (1968)

Viking 1 launched to orbit around Mars and made a soft landing. (1975)

NASA launched Voyager 2 toward Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. (1977)

Mother Teresa was hospitalized with malaria. (1993)

Actor and fund-raiser for MDA, Jerry Lewis, died. (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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