Today in HisStory – August 31

St. Aidan of Lindisfarne, who evangelized Northumbria, England, died. (651 AD)

Byzantine Empress Theodora became ill, died suddenly a few days later. She had no children to succeed the throne. This ended the Macedonian dynasty. (1056)

This was the likely date for the establishment of the Iroquois League, with the aid of Hiawatha and Deganawidah Tribes. (1142)

Henry VI became King of England at the age of 9 months. (1422)

The priest Robert Samuels was martyred under Queen Mary for visiting his wife from whom he had been forced to separate. (1555)

Puritan clergyman John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim’s Promise, died. (1688)

US Civil War: During the Atlanta Campaign’s Battle of Jonesboro Georgia, 1900 died. (1864)

First major earthquake in eastern US was recorded at Charleston, South Carolina. 110 died. (1886)

The body of Jack the Ripper’s first victim, Mary Ann ‘Polly’ Nichols, was found in Whitechapel, London’s East End. (1888)

Thomas Edison patented his movie camera. (1897)

Split skirt was first worn by Mrs Adolph Landeburg. She was a horse rider. (1902)

US President Theodore Roosevelt made a speech in Kansas advocating a square deal. He said, property shall be “the servant and not the master of the commonwealth.” (1910)

US President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an act prohibiting export of US arms to belligerents. (1935)

Hurricane Carol hits New England. 70 died. It was the costliest ever hurricane at the time and the first storm name to be retired. (1954)

First microwave TV station operated in Texas. (1955)

First sun-powered automobile was demonstrated. (1955)

The Provisional Irish Republican Army declared a ceasefire. (1994)

Pentium computer beat world chess champ Gari Kasparov. (1994)

Diana, Princess of Wales, died in a car crash in a road tunnel in Paris. (1997)

Stolen on August 22, 2004, Edvard Munch’s famous painting The Scream was recovered from a raid by Norwegian police. The painting was said to be in a better-than-expected condition. (2006)


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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