Today in HisStory – February 11

According to the traditional date, Emperor Jimmu founded Japan. (660 BC)

Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus, heir to the Roman Emperorship, died under mysterious circumstances in Rome. That cleared the way for Nero to become Emperor. (55 AD)

Henry VIII was recognized as supreme head of Church in England following the schism with Rome caused by his divorce and excommunication. (1531)

American Revolutionary War: Stamp Act was declared unconstitutional in Virginia. (1766)

American Revolutionary War: Samuel Adams’ letter opposing the Townshend Act taxes circulated around American colonies. (1768)

American Revolutionary War: Georgia’s royal governor, Sir James Wright, escaped from his residence in Savannah after a month of house arrest by Patriots. (1776)

Society of Friends petitioned Congress for abolition of slavery. (1790)

A session of US Senate was open to the public for the first time. (1794)

Robert Fulton patented the steamboat. (1809)

American Physiological Society organized in Boston. (1837)

Inventer Thomas Edison was born. (1847)

Major streets were lit by coal gas for the first time. (1854)

In Lourdes, France, 14-year-old French peasant Bernadette Soubirous experienced her first vision of the Virgin Mary. (1858)

US President-elect Abraham Lincoln took the train from Springfield, Illinois to Washington, D.C. (1861)

US Civil War: US House unanimously passed a resolution guaranteeing noninterference with slavery in any state. (1861)

-15°F in Washington, D.C. set a district record. (1899)

-61°F in Montana set a state record. (1899)

Emma Goldman was arrested in New York City for lecturing and distributing materials about birth control. (1916)

Vatican City was established as the smallest nation in the world at 109 acres. (1929)

73°F was the highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in February. (1932)

-11°F in Ifrane, Morocco set an African record low. (1935)

WW2: US General Eisenhower was selected to command the allied armies in Europe. (1942)

Archie Comic Book debuted. (1942)

Yalta agreement was signed by FDR, Churchill, and Stalin. (1945)

A series of deadly avalanches began across central Europe. 20 were killed. (1952)

Jeffrey Kramer survived a 76 mile jump from the Washington Bridge over the Hudson River in New York City. (1968)

Japan became the fourth nation to put a satellite in orbit. (1970)

Henry Kissinger unveiled the Nixon Administration’s seven-point Project Independence plan to make the U.S. energy independent. (1974)

Margaret Thatcher defeated Edward Heath for leadership of the British Conservative Party. (1975)

China lifted a ban on Aristotle, Shakespeare, and Dickens. (1978)

Iran’s Premier Bakhtiar resigned. Ayatollah Khomeini seized power. (1979)

Rev. Barbara C. Harris was consecrated in Boston as the first woman bishop in the Anglican Church. (1989)

Nelson Mandela, leader of the movement to end South African apartheid, was released from prison after 27 years. (1990)

Guiquita Waewae died. He was one of the killers of Ecuador missionaries Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming, and Roger Youderian. He had become a Christian and led his people to leave their violent lifestyle. (1997)

Egyptian Revolution known as the Arab Spring culminated in the resignation of Hosni Mubarak and the transfer of power to the Supreme Military Council after 18 days of protests. (2011)

Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation. He was the first pope to resign since 1415. (2013)

Discovery of gravitational waves through a collision of two black holes was announced by physicists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory. (2016)

Last of Oregon militia occupying Malheur wildlife refuge surrendered to authorities after 41 days. (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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