Today in HisStory – August 29

According to tradition, John the Baptist was beheaded on this date. (28 AD)

The Coptic Church’s Calendar of the Martyrs began on this day. It commemorated those who died for their faith during the rule of Diocletian the Roman Emperor. (284 AD)

Copper coins were minted in Japan for the first time. (708 AD)

In the Battle of Mohács, the Hungarian Empire was conquered by the Ottoman Empire. (1526)

Francisco Pizarro ordered the death of the last Incan King of Peru, Atahualpa. (1533)

John Dick, a Scotsman fugitive for his Covenanter faith, was captured and brought before the committee of public affairs. Although Dick managed to escape, he was recaptured a few months later and hanged. (1683)

Rev. Devereux Jarratt, a minister of the English Church, settled in Virginia where he was instrumental in stirring up revival among a largely apathetic and profane people, working in tandem with Methodist evangelists. (1763)

Selina Hastings Huntingdon opened an evangelical college at Trevecca, South Wales. (1768)

Shay’s Rebellion took place in Springfield, Massachusetts. (1786)

Second Great Awakening Evangelist Charles Finney was born. (1792)

Slaves in French colony of St Domingue were freed. It is now known as Haiti. (1793)

Portugal recognized the Independence of Brazil. (1825)

Michael Faraday, a devout Christian, induced an electrical current in one wire from the current in another, a discovery that utterly transformed the world. (1831)

Britain’s Slavery Abolition Act became law. (1833)

Self-governing windmill was patented. (1854)

US Bureau of Engraving and Printing began operations. (1862)

Seismic sea waves created by Krakatoa eruption created a rise in English Channel 32 hrs after explosion. (1883)

Goodyear Tire Company was founded. (1898)

First Olympics in US and 3rd Modern Olympics was held in St. Louis. (1904)

The Quebec Bridge collapsed during construction killing 75 workers. (1907)

Ishi, considered the last Native American to make contact with European Americans, emerged from the wilderness of northeastern California. (1911)

Congress created the US Naval Reserve. (1916)

WW2: Red Cross revealed Japan had refused free passage of ships carrying food, medicine, and other necessities for American POWs held by Japan. (1942)

WW2: General Douglas McArthur was named Supreme Commander of Allied Powers in Japan. (1945)

USSR exploded its first hydrogen bomb. (1953)

US Air Force Academy opened in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (1958)

Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins was released. (1964)

Final TV episode of The Fugitive starring David Janssen was watched by 78 million people. (1967)

Hurricane Katrina made its second landfall as a category 3 hurricane devastating much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida Panhandle and killing more than 1,836. (2005)

Hurricane Harvey set a rainfall record from a tropical cyclone in continental US, according to US National Weather Service. (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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