Today in HisStory – February 20

Rutherford, author Apology of Divine Grace which refuted salvation based on works, was exiled from England. (1636)

US Postal Service Act creating US Postal Service was signed by US President George Washington. (1792)

US Supreme Court ruled the federal government power was greater than any state. (1809)

Andreas Hofer, Tyrolean patriot and leader of rebellion against Napoleon’s forces, was executed. (1810)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology formed as the first US collegiate architectural school. (1865)

Tennessee Governor W C Brownlow declared martial law in Ku Klux Klan crisis. (1869)

Hydraulic electric elevator was patented by Cyrus Baldwin. (1872)

Luther Crowell patented a machine that manufactured paper bags. (1872)

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art opened. (1872)

Silas Noble and JP Cooley patented a toothpick manufacturing machine. (1872)

Abolitionist and ex-slave Frederick Douglas died. (1895)

First Territorial Legislature of Hawaii convened. (1901)

Led by Lucy Peabody and Helen Montgomery, women united for a day of prayer for missions. This developed into an annual worldwide prayer event. (1919)

WW2: United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden resigned stating Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain had appeased Nazi Germany. (1938)

WW2: Adolf Hitler announced his support for Japan during the Sino-Japanese War. (1938)

Barlaam, Archbishop of Perm, who had been restricted and imprisoned at various times by Soviet authorities for his religious activities, died in prison. (1942)

WW2: American movie studio executives agreed to allow the Office of War Information to censor movies. (1943)

Batman and Robin comic strip premiered in newspapers. (1944)

State of Prussia ceased to exist. (1947)

William M. Strong, founder of the Gospel Mission of South America, died in a railroad accident. (1960)

Sir Leonard Woolley, Biblical archaeologist, died. He had done groundbreaking work on biblical peoples and places including the Hittites, ancient Sumeria, Sinai, and Ur of the Chaldees. (1960)

John Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth. (1962)

Cuban authorities detained Seventh-day Adventist pastor Noble Alexander who spent the next twenty-two years in prison. (1962)

Evangelist Kathereen Kuhlman died. (1976)

Kepler-37b, the smallest known exoplanet, was discovered. (2013)

Venezuela became the first country to launch a virtual currency, the petro, to counteract their financial crisis. (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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