Today in HisStory – September 5

Emperor Theodosius the Great decreed that everyone in the Roman Empire must be a catholic Christian—as opposed to the Arian teaching that Christ was the highest created being, not a full-fledged member of the Trinity. (380 AD)

Philips of Zwabia, Prince of Hohenstaufen, was crowned King of Germany and King of the Romans. (1198)

English Chancellor Thomas Cromwell imposed a new series of injunctions against the clergy in Henry VIII’s name. (1538)

Obadiah Holmes was whipped in Boston, Massachusetts for holding a Baptist church service in a private home. He was an ancestor of US President Abraham Lincoln. (1651)

Great Fire of London ended leaving 13,200 houses destroyed and 8 dead. (1666)

At Harvard College, Colonial clergyman Increase Mather received the first Doctor of Sacred Theology degree to be awarded in America. (1692)

Russian Tsar Peter the Great imposed a tax on beards. (1698)

American Revolutionary War: First session of the Continental Congress convened in Philadelphia. After electing its president, its first official action was a vote to open Congress with prayers. Episcopal preacher Jacob Duché was selected to deliver the invocations, which he will commence the following day. (1774)

American Revolutionary War: Twelve of the thirteen American colonies adopted a trade embargo with Britain at the first Continental Congress at Carpenters’ Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (1774)

American Revolutionary War: At the battle of Virginia Capes, French defeated British and trapped Cornwallis. (1781)

French Revolution: “Reign of Terror” began when revolutionary leader, Mr. Barère, exclaimed, “Let’s make terror the order of the day!” Before it was over, 16,594 were beheaded. (1793)

Sam Huston was elected president of the Republic of Texas. (1836)

First Opium War began in China. (1839)

US Civil War: General Lee crossed the Potomac and entered Maryland. (1862)

US Civil War: Bread revolt took place in Mobile, Alabama because of a shortage of food. (1863)

Southern blacks led by Pap Singleton settled in Kansas. (1877)

George Washington De Long, American Arctic Explorer, and commander on board the Jeannette, became trapped with his crew in pack ice during his attempt to reach the North Pole. (1879)

10,000 workers marched in the first Labor Day parade in New York City. (1882)

American baseball player-turned-evangelist Billy Sunday married Helen Thompson. (1888)

German Christine Hardt patented the first modern brassiere. (1889)

The Treaty of Portsmouth was signed concluding the Russo-Japanese War. US President Theodore Roosevelt would receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his role as mediator. (1905)

WW1: US President Woodrow Wilson ordered the US Navy to make its wireless stations accessible for any transatlantic communications, even to German diplomats sending coded messages. This led to the interception of the Zimmermann telegram and helped bring the US into the war. (1914)

WW1: The Battle of Marne began. French and British forces prevented the German army from advancing to Paris. (1914)

WW1: Tsar Nicholas II, distressed by increasing Russian losses, assumed personal command of his nation’s military forces. It was a symbolic act which further caused lack of confidence in him as the Russian tsar. (1915)

WW2: US President Franklin D Roosevelt declared US neutrality at start of the war in Europe. (1939)

WW2: On Mad Tuesday, 65,000 Dutch Nazi collaborators fled to Germany. (1944)

Baptist Bible College was founded in Springfield, Missouri. (1950)

First color video recording on magnetic tape was presented in Charlotte, North Carolina. (1958)

The Huckleberry Hound Show by Hanna-Barbera featuring Yogi Bear premiered on US television. (1958)

Cassius Clay won the Olympic light heavyweight gold medal. Later, he changed his name to Muhammad Ali. (1960)

Jerry Lewis’ first Muscular Dystrophy telethon raised one million dollars. (1966)

11 Israeli athletes were taken hostage and later killed by the Palestinian Black September Group at the Munich Olympics. (1972)

Lynette Fromme made the first assassination attempt on US President Gerald Ford in Sacramento. (1975)

Mother Theresa died. (1997)

Migsti Haile in Eritrea, after undergoing severe torture for refusing to sign a letter recanting her Christian faith, died. She was 33 years old. (2007)

Hurricane Irma became the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history with winds of 185mph. (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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