Today in HisStory – February 19

Emperor Constantius II shut down all heathen temples. (356 AD)

Medieval Iconoclastic Controversy ended as a council in Constantinople formally reinstated the veneration of icons in the churches. (842 AD)

Nicolaus Copernicus is born in Torun, Poland. (1473)

Miles Coverdale died. He had produced the first complete printed edition of the Scriptures in English, completing William Tyndale’s Bible following Tyndale’s execution. (1568)

Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina exploded in the most violent eruption in South American recorded history. (1600)

President of Harvard College Charles Chauncy died. A Congregational clergyman, his insistence on full immersion for baptism had been controversial in New England. (1672)

Alexander Mack, founder of the Dunkards aka German Baptists several American Brethren denominations, died. (1735)

Miles Coverdale, translator and publisher of the first complete Bible to be printed in English, died. (1768)

US Congress voted to make Ohio the 17th US state. (1803)

Vice President Aaron Burr was arrested in Alabama for treason. Later he was acquitted. (1807)

Congregational missionaries Adoniram and Ann Judson first sailed from New England to Calcutta, India. (1812)

First practical US coal-burning locomotive made its first trial run in Pennsylvania. (1831)

Texas State Government was formally installed in Austin. (1846)

Donner Party was rescued after practicing cannibalism to stay alive. (1847)

Tin-type camera was patented by Hamilton Smith. (1856)

Russian Tsar Alexander II abolished serfdom. (1861)

Thomas Edison patented the gramophone. (1878)

Kansas becomes first US state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages. (1881)

Tornadoes in Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana killed 800 people. (1884)

Xi Shengmo died. After years of bondage to opium, he had become a Christian and the Holy Spirit freed him from addiction. He went on to establish fifty opium refuges in four provinces where prayer was a major factor in treatment of the addicts. (1896)

Keith Kellogg and Charles D. Bolin founded the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company which is now the multinational food manufacturer Kellogg’s. (1906)

Typhoid Mary Mallon, was freed from her first periods of forced isolation and went on to cause several further outbreaks of typhoid in the New York area. (1910)

First prize was inserted into a Cracker Jack box. (1913)

Four-year old Charlotte May Pierstorff was mailed by train from Grangeville, Idaho to her grandparents’ house 73 miles away in most famous child in the post instance. (1914)

WW2: Nazi raided Amsterdam and rounded up 429 young Jews for deportation. Nazi police were attacked and driven away from Koco, Amsterdam by some of the young Jews. (1941)

WW2: US Presidential Executive Order 9066 began placing 100,000 persons of Japanese ancestry into ten relocation centers. (1942)

WW2: US 5th Fleet launched the invasion of Iwo Jima against the Japanese with 30,000 US Marines. (1945)

WW2: 980 Japanese soldiers reportedly were killed by crocodiles in two days on Ramree Island, Burma. (1945)

Father Butrus Sowmy conveyed the first of the Dead Sea Scrolls to American John Trever who sent photographs to famed archaeologist William Albright. Albright confirmed the value of the manuscripts. (1948)

USSR informed US President John F. Kennedy it was withdrawing several thousand troops from Cuba. (1963)

The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan, credited with starting of second-wave feminism, was published. (1963)

Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree single was released by Dawn featuring Tony Orlando. It became the theme song for the Vietnam Vets coming home. It was the Billboard Song of the Year. (1973)

Anti-smoking ad airs for 1st time on TV, featuring Yul Brynner. He died of smoking-induced lung cancer on 10th October 1985. (1987)

An Oklahoma City Bombing Museum was dedicated at the Oklahoma City National Memorial. (2001)

110 Nigerian Christian girls went missing. They were presumed kidnapped by Boko Haram after attack on school in Dapchi, Yobe. (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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