Today in HisStory – February 2

Giovanni da Plano Carpini set out for the heart of Mongol Asia to deliver the Gospel to Genghis Khan. (1246)

Jordan of Trebizond was beheaded in Constantinople by Muslims. Accused of mocking their prophet, he refused to convert to Islam when brought to trial. (1650)

New Amsterdam became a city. It was later renamed New York. (1653)

A British ship rescued marooned sailor Juan Fernandez from the Chilean island where he had been for 5 years inspiring the world’s first true narrative novel, Robinson Crusoe.(1709)

Great Awakening Evangelist George Whitefield departs for Georgia, intending to become a permanent missionary to the American colony. (1738)

Great Awakening preacher Henry Alline, known as “the Whitefield of Nova Scotia.”, died at age 36. (1784)

The first leopard exhibited in US was in Boston. Admission was 25 cents. (1802)

Russians established Fort Ross on the coast north of San Francisco. (1812)

The first person, a woman, of a group of pioneers commonly known as the Donner Party died during the group’s journey through a Sierra Nevada mountain pass. (1847)

First ship load of Chinese arrived in San Francisco. (1848)

Mexican-American War: Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended the war. US acquired Texas, California, New Mexico, and Arizona for $15 million. (1848)

Samuel Clemens first used the pen name Mark Twain in a Virginia City newspaper, the Territorial Enterprise. (1863)

Hymn-writer Adelaide Anne Procter died in London, England. Charles Dickens had published many of her verses and she had been a favorite of Queen Victoria. (1864)

The first formal church youth organization, The Christian Endeavor, was established. (1881)

Groundhog Day, featuring a rodent meteorologist, was celebrated for the first time at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. (1887)

First movie close-up, a sneeze, was at Edison Studio, West Orange, New Jersey. (1893)

Temperance leader Annie Wittenmeyer died. She had been active in home missions, founded orphanages, edited Christian periodicals, written hymns, and authored several books. Among her significant roles was as the first president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union which grew to 1,000 chapters under her leadership. (1900)

Female Army Nurse Corps was established as a permanent organization. (1901)

The US Congress passed the Army Reorganization Act, placing the minimum number of men under arms at 58,000. (1901)

Queen Victoria’s funeral took place in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, England. (1901)

College teacher Eliza George of Texas had a vision of Africans passing before the judgment seat of Christ, weeping and moaning, “But no one ever told us You died for us.” Two years later she left her teaching position and established a mission in Liberia. (1911)

Frederick R Law parachuted from Statue of Liberty. (1912)

James Joyce’s Ulysses published in Paris. (1922)

Ethyl gasoline was first marketed in Dayton, Ohio. (1923)

US signed a friendship treaty with Central American countries. (1923)

Dogsleds reached Nome with emergency diphtheria serum after 1000-km. (1925)

3 men danced the Charleston for 22 hours. (1926)

Geneva disarmament conference began with 60 countries. (1932)

Al Capone was sent to prison for tax evasion. (1932)

WW2: Two days after becoming chancellor, Adolf Hitler dissolved the Reichstag-Parliament. (1933)

Leonarde Keeler first used his polygraph machine on criminals later convicted of assault on its findings in Portage, Wisconsin. (1935)

Frank Sinatra’s singing debuted in Indianapolis with Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. (1940)

WW2: US auto factories switched from commercial to war production. (1942)

WW2: LA Times urged security measures against Japanese-Americans. (1942)

WW2: German 6th Army surrendered after the Battle of Stalingrad. (1943)

WW2: Allied troops first set foot on Japanese territory. (1944)

WW2: 4th US marine division conquered Roi, Marshall Islands. (1944)

B.B. King’s 3 O’Clock Blues hit #1 on the US Billboard’s R&B hit parade to become his first national hit. (1952)

US President Eisenhower held the first televised presidential news conference. (1955)

Buddy Holly’s last performance took place. (1959)

8 of 9 planets aligned for first time in 400 years. (1962)

GI Joe debuted. (1964)

Idi Amin ousted Milton Obote to become dictator of Uganda. (1971)

US Congressional Black Caucus organized. (1971)

Angry demonstrators burned the British Embassy in Dublin to the ground in protest at the shooting dead of 13 people on Bloody Sunday. (1972)

Radio Shack officially began creating. the TRS-80 home computer. (1977)

Actor and singer Gene Kelly died. (1996)

First case of Zika contracted on US mainland and second known sexually transmitted case was confirmed in Texas. (2016)

All 955 miners were rescued from the Beatrix gold mine in Welkom town, South Africa, after 2 days underground. (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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