Today in HisStory – January 21

Agnes, a thirteen year old girl, was tortured and beheaded for refusing to renounce Christ. (304 AD)

German King Heinrich IV petitioned Pope Gregory VII for forgiveness. (1077)

History’s first Anabaptist baptismal service took place in Zurich, Switzerland. (1525)

A Bedford, England congregation called John Bunyan as its pastor. He was in prison at the time for preaching. (1672)

First medical publication in America was a pamphlet on smallpox. (1677)

Ethan Allen, future Revolutionary War hero and key founder of the Republic of Vermont, was born. (1738)

Robert Aitken petitioned the U.S. Congress to officially sanction his publication of the first English-language Bible printed in America. (1781)

First American novel, WH Brown’s Power of Sympathy, was published. (1789)

French Revolution: King Louis XVI was executed by guillotine in the Place de la Revolution in Paris. (1793)

US Civil War: Confederate General Stonewall Jackson was born. (1824)

Envelope-folding machine was patented by Russell Hawes in Worcester, Massachusetts. (1853)

US Civil War: Jefferson Davis of Mississippi and four other southern US senators resigned. (1861)

At the Academy of Music in Kansas City, Charles Parham preached his first sermon dedicated solely to the experience of the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. (1901)

New York City regulation made it illegal for a woman to smoke in public. (1908)

Fanny J. Coppin died. She had been a former slave, a college graduate of Oberlin College, first African-American teacher teaching both black and white children, and first African American woman principal of a high school. (1913)

Vladimir Lenin, the architect of the Bolshevik Revolution and the first leader of the Soviet Union, died of a brain hemorrhage at the age of 54. (1924)

Soviets execute the Orthodox priest Peter Alexeyevich Bulgakov for “agitation against Soviet power.” He had long resisted their efforts to get him to abandon his faith and three months before his death had refused to hand over church keys to them. (1931)

WW2: 447 German bombers attacked London. (1944)

WW2: 649 British bombers attacked Magdeburg. (1944)

Former State Department official Alger Hiss was convicted of perjury in testimony about his alleged involvement in a Soviet spy ring before and during World War II. (1950)

Author George Orwell died. (1950)

Elders of the Little Flock and twenty-eight other Christian leaders in Shanghai were arrested. They were carrying on the work begun by Watchman Nee, who was in prison. (1956)

Vietnam War: The Battle of Khe Sanh, one of the most publicized and controversial battles of the war, began. (1968)

Vietnam War: US President Jimmy Carter pardoned almost all Vietnam War draft evaders. (1977)

-19°F at Caesar’s Head, South Carolina set a state record. (1985)

-34°F at Mt. Mitchell, North Carolina set a state record. (1985)

Charismatic Bible Ministries was founded in Oklahoma. (1986)

US accepted immigration of 30,000 US-Vietnamese children. (1988)

Black Monday in worldwide stock markets took place. FTSE 100 had its biggest ever one-day points fell, European stocks closed with their worst result since 9/11, and Asian stocks dropped as much as 15%. (2008)

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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