Today in HisStory – January 22

Vincent of Saragossa, Spain’s first famous martyr who had been starved, racked, exposed in the stocks, and partially roasted, died. (304 AD)

Postal service between New York and Boston began. (1673)

Prince William of Orange, future King William III of Britain, summoned Convention Parliament to discuss ruling jointly with his wife Mary, daughter of exiled King James II. (1689)

Iroquois tribes renewed allegiance to British against French. (1690)

Lord Byron completed poems Parisian and Siege of Corinth. (1816)

Charles Dickens arrived in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife, Catherine. (1842)

In the Battle of Rorke’s Drift, a British garrison of 150 held off 3,000-4,000 Zulu warriors. Eleven Victoria Crosses and a number of other decorations were awarded to the defenders. (1879)

The Fifth Street Presbyterian Church of Troy, New York became the first church in America to be illuminated by electric lighting. (1882)

Queen Victoria died. (1901)

In St Petersburg, Russia, a large demonstration of workers led by Father Gapon, marched to the Winter Palace with a petition to the Tsar. Troops fired on the protesters in what became known as Bloody Sunday. (1905)

Our Town, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer-winner of small-town life in Grover’s Corners, NH, premiered. (1938)

WW2: First mass killing of Jews in Romania took place. (1941)

Temperature rose 49°F in 2 minutes in Spearfish, South Dakota. (1943)

WW2: Heavy US air raid took place on Okinawa. (1945)

US President Harry Truman set up the CIA, Central Intelligence Agency. For the first year, it was known as the Central Intelligence Group. (1946)

World’s largest cheese, 15,723 kg, was manufactured in Wisconsin for New York’s World Fair. (1964)

US Supreme Court legalized almost all abortions in Roe vs Wade decision. (1973)

Andrei Dmitriyevich Sakharov, the Soviet physicist who helped build the USSR’s first hydrogen bomb, was arrested after criticizing the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan. (1980)

Persian Gulf War: Kuwaiti oil facilities were destroyed by Iraqi forces. (1981)

75% of North America was covered by snow. (1982)

-30°F in Mountain Lake Bio Station, Virginia set a state record. (1985)

Cold wave damaged 90% of Florida’s citrus crop. (1985)

Pennsylvania politician R. Budd Dwyer shot and killed himself at a press conference on live national television. (1987)

Theodore J. Kaczynski pled guilty to all federal charges against him, acknowledging he was the Unabomber. (1998)

Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons were burned alive by radical Hindus while sleeping in their car in Eastern India. (1999)

Winter storm conditions stranded 500 motorists for 24 hours on the New Jersey Turnpike in Pennsylvania. (2016)

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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