Today in HisStory – February 18

Mongolian Emperor Kublai Khan died. (1294)

Hernán Cortés left Cuba for the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico with 11 ships and 500 men. (1519)

Martin Luther died. (1546)

Sculptor Michelangelo died. At the end, he asked his friends only to remember the death of Christ. (1564)

Spanish Jesuits in the Chesapeake Bay area were martyred by the Indians they had come six months earlier to convert. (1571)

Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan, the most popular Christian book next to the Bible, was published. (1678)

Four Quakers in Germantown, Pennsylvania wrote a protest against enslavement of blacks known as the Germantown Protest. (1688)

Sultan Abdel Medjid-Khan of the Ottoman Empire decreed governmental authorization at the highest level required for a permit to build or even to repair a church, causing Christians to wait years to receive permission to repair even a leaking toilet. (1856)

US Civil War: Confederate President Jefferson Davis was inaugurated at Montgomery, Alabama. (1861)

King Victor Emmanuel II of Sardinia became the first King of Italy. (1861)

Five Catholics were executed in Guizhou Province, China for refusing to renounce their faith. (1862)

Evangelical or “low church” Episcopalians signed the Chicago Protest, against unprotestantizing tendencies in the Protestant Episcopal denomination. (1869)

Infamous Lincoln County War in New Mexico ignited after a murder. (1874)

Sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi was awarded a patent for his design for the Statue of Liberty. (1879)

Mark Twain published the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. (1885)

The Cambridge Seven, star college athletes who have dedicated themselves to Christian mission work, reached China. (1885)

A mob assaulted the Presbyterian mission at Yeung Kong, China, breaking into the homes of the Rev. Andrew Beattie and Dr. D. A. Beattie, where they threaten and rough up the mission families as they smashed and looted. (1894)

H Cecil Booth patented a dust removing suction cleaner. (1901)

First US postage stamps in rolls were issued. (1908)

The American ambassador to Japan was given a note by the Japanese in which they agreed to restrict Japanese emigration to the US. This became known as the Gentlemen’s Agreement. (1908)

US and Canada opened diplomatic relations. (1927)

The first Academy Awards were announced. (1929)

US astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto. (1930)

WW2: Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie, the leaders of the German youth group White Rose, were arrested by the Gestapo for opposing the Nazi regime. (1943)

Father Butrus Sowmy of St. Mark’s Syrian Orthodox Monastery in Jerusalem phoned John Trever asking that he examine an old manuscript. It would be the first discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. (1948)

The first Church of Scientology was established in Los Angeles, California. (1954)

Space Shuttle Enterprise, above a Boeing 747, went on its maiden flight. (1977)

D.C.K. Watson died. He was an Anglican priest, evangelist, and charismatic who had been instrumental in greatly expanding attendance at the churches over which he presided and was an active promoter of world missions. (1984)

Crash during Daytona 500 race on last lap claimed the life of Dale Earnhardt. (2001)

FBI agent Robert Hanssen was arrested for spying for the Soviet Union. (2001)

Muslims burned down Victory Baptist Church, Alamuderi, Maiduguri, Nigeria. (2006)

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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