Today in HIsStory September 9

The Battle of Svolder took place in the Baltic Sea. King Olaf on board the Long Serpent was defeated. This was one of the greatest naval battles of the Viking Age. (1000 AD)

Mary Stuart, at nine months old, was crowned Queen of Scots in the central Scottish town of Stirling. (1543)

New England colonies declared war on Wampanoag Indians. (1675)

American Revolutionary War: Congress officially changed the name of United Colonies of America to the United States of America. (1776)

Alexander Twilight, probably first African American to graduate from a US college, received a BA degree at Middlebury College. (1817)

English scientist and astronomer John Herschel took the first glass plate photograph. (1839)

California was admitted as the thirty-first U.S. state. (1850)

Territories of New Mexico and Utah were created. (1850)

US Civil War: Nurse Sally Tompkins was officially commissioned as an officer in the Confederate Army. She was the only woman officer in the Confederate and US Armies (1861)

US Civl War: General Robert E. Lee split his army and sent General Stonewall Jackson to capture Harpers Ferry. (1862)

US Civil War: At the Battle of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, the Union Army captured Chattanooga. (1863)

US President Cleveland’s daughter Ester was the first baby born in the White House. (1893)

Mounted police were first used in New York City. (1904)

Orville Wright made the first 1-hr airplane flight in Fort Myer, Virginia. (1908)

WW1: The Canadian Automobile Machine Gun Brigade was created, the first fully mechanized unit in the British Army. (1914)

Millionaire William Borden was ordained. He gave up his riches to become a missionary to Muslims in China and died on the way there at the age of 26. (1921)

WW2: Nazi army reached Warsaw, Poland. (1939)

WW2: 28 German aircraft were shot down above England. (1940)

WW2: First bombing on continental US soil was at Mount Emily, Oregon. (1942)

The first “bug” in a computer program was discovered by Grace Hopper. A moth was removed with tweezers from a relay and taped into the log. (1945)

Elvis Presley appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time. (1956)

Nashville’s new Hattie Cotton Elementary School was dynamited as a backlash for admitting African American students. (1957)

Republican President Eisenhower signed the first civil rights bill since the Reconstruction. (1957)

Alabama Governor George Wallace was served a federal injunction to stop orders of state police to bar black students from enrolling in white schools. (1963)

National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act was signed into law. (1966)

1,000 convicts rioted and seized Attica prison in New York. (1971)

Father Alexander Men, well-known Russian Orthodox priest, was murdered by being struck in the back of his head with an axe. (1990)

PLO recognized State of Israel. (1993)

Queen Elizabeth II became Great Britain’s longest-reigning monarch at 63 years and seven months. This beat the previous record set by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. (2015)



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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