Today in HisStory – March 4

Nero was given the title princeps iuventutis, head of the youth. Later, he would become Roman Emperor and great persecutor of Christians, including the one who killed Peter, Paul, and other apostles, (51 AD)

Saint Adrian of Nicomedia was martyred for Christ. At one time, he was Roman head of the praetorium guard. He became a Christian after torturing Christians and asking them why they died with such courage. (303 AD)

England’s King Charles I granted a royal charter to Massachusetts Bay Colony. (1628)

Quaker William Penn received a charter from Charles II, making him sole proprietor of colonial American territory Pennsylvania. (1681)

First sighting of Orion nebula was by William Herschel. (1774)

American Revolutionary War: The Americans captured Dorchester Heights dominating the port of Boston, Massachusetts. (1776)

First US Congress met and declared the US Constitution in effect with 9 senators and 13 representatives. (1789)

US President George Washington called the US Senate into its first special session. (1791)

Vermont was admitted as the 14th US state. It was the first addition to the 13 colonies. (1791)

First Jewish member of US Congress, Israel Jacobs, took office. (1791)

Oranges were introduced to Hawaii. (1792)

At his second inauguration, US President George Washington gave the shortest inauguration speech to date at 133 words. (1793)

John Adams was inaugurated as the second President of The United States. (1797)

Thomas Jefferson became the first US president inaugurated in Washington DC. (1801)

US President Thomas Jefferson requested prayer in his second inaugural address. (1805)

James Madison became the first US President inaugurated in American-made clothes. (1809)

The first US RR was chartered. It was the Granite Railway in Quincy, Massachusetts. (1826)

Chicago became incorporated as a city. (1837)

The longest US presidential inauguration speech was 8,443 words and was made by William Henry Harrison. He caught a cold and died a month later. (1841)

US President Zachary Taylor refused to take the presidential oath of office on a Sunday leaving the United States “without” a president for a day. (1849)

US President James A. Garfield was baptized at age 18. (1850)

US Civil War: Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as 16th US President. (1861)

US Civil War: Confederate States adopted the Stars & Bars Flag. (1861)

US Territory of Idaho was established. (1863)

Alexander Campbell, co-founder of the Stone-Campbell movement which later became Disciples for Christ, died in West Virginia. (1866)

Jesse Chisholm, who blazed one of the West’s most famous trails, died in Oklahoma of food poisoning. (1868)

Holmes and Watson began A Study in Scarlet, their first case together. (1881)

In the Great fire in Shanghai, over 1,000 buildings were destroyed. (1894)

American Automobile Association, AAA, was founded in Chicago. (1902)

William Seymour, having preached that tongues is the Bible evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit, was padlocked out of the Los Angeles church where he had been invited to preach. He continued his ministry on Azusa Street where revival broke out. (1906)

First recorded case of Spanish flu was reported at Funston Army Camp, Kanas. This started a worldwide pandemic killing 50-100 million. (1918)

Happy Birthday To You was published by Claydon Sunny. (1924)

American missionary Gustav Schmidt opened the Danzig Instytut Biblijny in Danzig, Poland. It was the first Pentecostal Bible institute established in Eastern Europe. (1930)

Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugrated as the 32nd US president. He pledged to pull the US out of Depression and said, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” (1933)

Airship Hindenburg first flew at Friedrichshafen, Germany (1936)

Gospel Singer and Composer Gloria Gaither was born. (1942)

WW2: Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II, joined the British Auxiliary Transport Service as a driver. (1945)

Lucille Ball filed for divorce from Desi Arnaz. (1960)

Gaspar Makil, a Filipino missionary to Vietnam, his young daughter Janie Makil, and Elwood Jacobson, a missionary from the United States, were killed by the Vietcong. (1963)

Beatles John Lennon was quoted, “Christianity will… vanish and shrink… We’re more popular than Jesus Christ right now,” becoming one of many to announce the premature “death” of Christianity. (1966)

Over 1,100 Christian organizations were combined to form the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability ECFA. (1979)

U.S. Public Health Service’s published its guidelines for blood donors and AIDS. (1983)

Virtual ban on leaded gas was ordered by EPA. (1985)

International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. He was the first sitting head of state to be indicted. (2009)

Pastor Shi Enhao was beaten for preaching in Nanyang, Henan Province, China. Later he was sent to a labor camp for re-education. (2011)

A mob of thousands of Muslims burned down the Coptic church of Saint Mina and Saint George in Soul, Egypt. (2011)

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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