Today in HisStory – September 2

Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt declared her son co-ruler as Ptolemy XV Caesarion. (44 BC)

At the Battle of Actium, Octavian’s forces defeated those under Mark Antony and Cleopatra off the western coast of Greece. This was the decisive naval battle that effectively ended the Roman Republic. (31 BC)

Simeon Stylites, who lived atop a sixty-foot pillar for thirty-six years, died. (459 AD)

The Third Crusade ended when Richard Lionheart and Saladin signed an agreement which allows Christians access to the holy city. (1192)

John Brebeuf, Jesuit missionary, baptized the first Iroquois to become a Christian. The man, a Seneca chief, was later tortured to death by rival Indians. (1636)

Great Fire of London began at 2 am in Pudding Lane. 80% of London was destroyed. (1666)

First Anglican service on Canadian soil was held on Baffin Island. (1758)

English clergyman Thomas Coke was consecrated the first bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church by founder John Wesley. (1784)

US Treasury Department was established by Congress. (1789)

French Revolution: In the September Massacres of the French Revolution in Paris, rampaging mobs slaughtered three Roman Catholic bishops and more than two hundred priests and prisoners, mostly Christians, believed to be royalist sympathizers. (1792)

First bank robbery in the US took place. The Bank of Pennsylvania was robbed of $162,821 at Carpenter’s Hall, Philadelphia. (1798)

US Civil War: Union General William T. Sherman captured and burned Atlanta. (1864)

McCall magazine was first published. (1897)

Machine gun was first used in battle. (1898)

US President Theodore Roosevelt advised, “Speak softly & carry a big stick.” (1901)

A Trip To The Moon, the first science fiction film, was released. (1902)

The Communist Party of America organized in Chicago. (1919)

A hurricane slammed the Florida Keys killing 423. (1935)

First transatlantic round-trip air flight took place. (1936)

Great Smoky Mountains National Park was dedicated. (1940)

WW2: As the Japanese marched into Papua, New Guinea, Bishop Strong of the Anglican Church broadcasted a radio message. “Whatever others may do, we cannot leave. . . .If we are fools, we are fools for Christ’s sake.” Most of the missionaries there would not leave and became tortured and martyred by the Japanese. Although this took place throughout the year, today is commemorated as Martyr’s Day. (1942)

WW2: German troops entered Stalingrad. (1942)

WW2: George H W Bush, future US president, ejected from a burning plane. (1944)

WW2: Holocaust diarist Anne Frank was sent to Auschwitz concentration camp. (1944)

WW2: V-J Day marked the formal surrender of the Japanese ending the war. This was the Japanese date. (1945)

The Third Man, directed by Carol Reed and starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, and Orson Wells, was released in the United Kingdom. (1949)

U.S. Air Force C-130A-II was shot down by fighters over Yerevan, Armenia when it strayed into Soviet airspace while conducting a mission. All crew members were lost. (1958)

Alabama Governor George Wallace prevented integration of Tuskegee High School. (1963)

First automatic teller machine in the United States was installed in Rockville Center, New York. (1969)

J.R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy, died. (1973)

Xie Songsan offered the welcome and benediction for the re-opening ceremony at Moore Memorial Church, Shanghai. It had been closed earlier by Chinese communists who interrogated, beat, and imprisoned Xie. (1979)


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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