Today in HisStory – February 8

According to The Handbook of Biblical Chronology, Apostle Paul left Malta to sail to Rome. (58 AD)

As Roman troops surrounded the church in Alexandria, Egypt, Bishop Athanasius escaped for the third time. (356 AD)

Revolution broke out in Basel, Switzerland when a Protestant mob surrounded the town hall, plants cannon, and forced the council to expel the twelve Catholic members, meanwhile destroying church pictures and statues. (1529)

Puritan parliamentarian Peter Wentworth was sent to the Tower of London for making a rousing defense of freedom of speech. (1576)

Mary Queen of Scots was beheaded. (1587)

Giordano Bruno, astronomer who was called a martyr for science, was condemned to death by the Vatican. (1600)

King James I disbanded the English parliament. (1622)

Isaac Newton read his first optics paper before Royal Society in London. (1672)

The College of William and Mary was founded in Williamsburg, Virginia for the purpose of educating Anglican clergymen. (1693)

Peter the Great, emperor of Russia, died and was succeeded by his wife Catherine. (1725)

US Civil War: Union General William Tecumseh Sherman was born. (1820)

Author Jules Verne was born. (1828)

US Civil War: Confederate States of America organized in Montgomery, Alabama. (1861)

US Civil War: Union General Ambrose Burnside and his troops captured Roanoke Island, North Carolina. (1862)

US Civil War: Martin Robison Delany became the first black man appointed as a major in US Army. (1865)

Under the Dawes Act, Indians living apart from a tribe were granted citizenship. (1887)

Enforcement Act was repealed making it easier to enact Jim Crow laws and disenfranchise blacks. (1894)

Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake premiered in St Petersburg, Russia. (1895)

John Ames Sherman patented the first envelope folding and gumming machine. (1898)

The Russo-Japanese War began. (1904)

Cyclone hit Tahiti and adjacent islands, killing 10,000 people. (1905)

The Boy Scouts of America were incorporated by William D. Boyce. (1910)

D. W. Griffith’s silent film The Birth of a Nation opened at Clune’s Auditorium in Los Angeles and depicted slavery and KKK as good. It was the first 12-reel film in America. (1915)

WW1: Stars & Stripes, weekly US armed forces newspaper, was first published. (1918)

The first execution by lethal gas in American history was carried out in Carson City, Nevada when Tong Lee, head of a Chinese gang, was executed. (1924)

Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio became Walt Disney Studios. (1926)

-23°F in Seminole, Texas set a state record. (1933)

WW2: Lodtz opened. It was the first large ghetto established by Nazis in Poland. (1940)

WW2: Japanese troops evacuated Guadalcanal, leaving the island in Allied possession after a prolonged campaign. (1943)

WW2: Harry McAlpin became first black reporter accredited to the White House,  (1944)

Paul Brown agreed to coach the new American football expansion team in Cleveland which would later be named the Cleveland Browns after their coach. (1945)

Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty, the highest Catholic official in Hungary, was convicted of treason and sentenced to life imprisonment by the Communist People’s Court. (1949)

Author John Grisham was born. (1955)

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom issued an Order-in-Council, stating that she and her family would be known as the House of Windsor, and that her descendants will take the name Mountbatten-Windsor. (1960)

Last edition of the Saturday Evening Post was published. (1969)

Nasdaq Composite stock market index debuted with 50 companies and a starting value of 100. (1971)

1800 Unification church couples wed in Korea. (1975)

Nor’easter storm that brought a severe blizzard to New England finally subsided after three days. It had snowed 55 inches, and caused 56 deaths. (1978)

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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