Today in HisStory – January 24

Claudius succeeded his nephew Caligula as Roman Emperor after Caligula’s assassination by Praetorian Guards. (41 AD)

Belgium issued a mandate against the Mennonites because of their Anabaptist beliefs. (1539)

Jonas Michaelius sailed for the New Netherlands, now the state of New York, accompanied by his wife and two of his children. (1628)

Lord Baltimore’s representative Margaret Brent was ejected from the Maryland Council after requesting the right to vote. (1648)

King Charles II disbanded the English parliament. (1679)

Edward Wigglesworth, a Unitarian, was commissioned to the Thomas Hollis chair as a divinity professor, a move that moved Harvard toward liberalism. (1722)

Russian Tsar Peter the Great began a civil system. (1722)

American Revolutionary War: Henry Knox arrived at Cambridge, Massachusetts with the artillery that he has transported from Fort Ticonderoga. (1776)

French Revolution: Louis XVI of France issued an edict calling for the convocation of the Estates-General, a major event in starting the revolution. (1789)

Hymn Writer Fanny J. Crosby gave a concert for the United States Congress. (1844)

James Marshall discovered gold along the banks of Sutter’s Creek in California. (1848)

University of Calcutta was founded as the first full-fledged university in South Asia. (1857)

US Civil War: Arsenal at Augusta, Georgia was seized by the Confederacy. (1861)

Rubber heels for shoes and boots was patented by Humphrey O’Sullivan. (1899)

First baseball games were played in the American League. (1901)

General Baden-Powell started the Boy Scouts. (1908)

Eskimo Pie was patented by Christian K Nelson of Iowa. (1922)

Lehman Caves National Monument was established. (1922)

-54°F Danbury, Wisconsin set a state record. (1922)

Aztec Ruins National Monument in New Mexico was established. (1923)

Alfred Hitchcock released his first film as a director, The Pleasure Garden. (1927)

The Grapes of Wrath, based on John Steinbeck’s novel of the same name and starring Henry Fonda and Jane Darwell, was released. (1940)

WW2: Adolf Hitler ordered German troops at Stalingrad to fight to the death. (1943)

WW2: Jewish patients, nurses and doctors were incinerated at Auschwitz-Birkenau. (1943)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, American adventure film based off B. Traven’s novel of the same name, directed by John Huston, and starring Humphrey Bogart, was released. (1948)

After warming to 100,000,000 degrees, two light atoms were bashed together to create a heavier atom, resulting in first man-made nuclear fusion. (1948)

Jackie Robinson was the first African American elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame. (1962)

28 refugees escaped from East to West Germany. (1962)

Irene Ferrel, missionary in the Congo, was martyred by Marxist Jeunesse while awaiting air support to rescue her. Her fellow missionary, Ruth Hege, was wounded but survived. (1964)

24th Amendment to US Constitution went into effect declaring states voting rights could not be denied due to failure to pay taxes. (1964)

Winston Churchill died. (1965)

WW2: Shoichi Yokoi, a Japanese sergeant, was discovered. He was unaware that World War II had ended. (1972)

Apple Computer Inc. unveiled its revolutionary Macintosh personal computer. (1984)

Reverend Barbara C. Harris was confirmed as the first female bishop in the Anglican Church. (1989)

The United States Department of Homeland Security officially began operation. (2003)

Former US Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar was found guilty of molesting over 150 girls and sentenced to 175 years in prison. (2018)

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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