Today in HisStory – January 17

Antony of Egypt, known as the first monk, died at 105. (356 AD)

Roman Emperor Theodosius divided the empire into western and eastern portions. (395 AD)

Giovanni da Verrazzano began his voyage to find a passage to China. (1524)

Zurich City Council held a public debate on infant baptism. (1525)

The Edict of St. Germain was officially recognized French Protestantism. (1562)

King Henry IV of France declared war on Spain. (1595)

King James Bible was commissioned to be written. (1604)

Founding Father and American Patriot Benjamin Franklin was born. (1706)

Avalanche destroyed every building in Leukerbad, Switzerland and killed 53. (1718)

Captain James Cook became the first to cross Antarctic Circle 66° 33′ S. (1773)

Nine old women were burnt as witches for causing bad harvests in Kalisk, Poland. (1775)

Gary Gilmore was shot to death by a firing squad in Utah, becoming the first person to be executed in the United States since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. (1777)

Author Anne Bronte was born. (1820)

Mexico permitted Moses Austin and 300 US families to settle in Texas. (1821)

A group of Modoc warriors defeated the United States Army in the First Battle of the Stronghold, a part of the Modoc War. (1873)

US took possession of Wake Island in the Pacific. (1899)

Captain Robert Scott’s expedition arrived at the South Pole, one month after Roald Amundsen. (1912)

First day Prohibition came into effect in the US as a result of the 18th amendment. (1920)

First fully automatic photographic film developing machine was patented. (1928)

Popeye made his first appearance in the comic strip Thimble Theater. (1929)

WW2: Kuomintang forces under orders from Chiang Kai-shek opened fire at communist forces, resuming the Chinese Civil War. (1941)

WW2: Auschwitz concentration camp began evacuation. (1945)

Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish Lutheran diplomat and a Christian, was last seen alive by his friends after Soviets took him into custody. His resourcefulness had saved thousands of Hungarian Jews during Nazi occupation. (1945)

United Nations Security Council held its first meeting. (1946)

Trial of 11 US Communist party members began in New York City. (1948)

In the Great Brinks Robbery, 11 men robbed $1.2M cash and $1.5M securities from the armored car company Brink’s offices in Boston, Massachusetts. (1950)

The Baptist World Mission was incorporated in Chicago. (1963)

The Supreme Court of India ruled that the successful work of a Christian evangelist is a threat to the “freedom of conscience” guaranteed to all citizens of India. (1977)

“Cold Sunday” in the United States saw temperatures fall to their lowest levels in over 100 years in numerous cities. (1980)

Operation Desert Storm began against Saddam Hussein. (1991)

US President Bill Clinton faced sexual harassment charges from Paula Jones. (1998)

US President Bill Clinton posthumously raised Meriwether Lewis’ rank from Lieutenant to Captain. (2001)

Doomsday Clock was set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea’s first nuclear test. (2007)

Japan unveiled plans to build the world’s largest wind farm near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. (2013)

US President Barack Obama commuted WikiLeaks discloser Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence from 35 to 7 years. (2017)

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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