Today in HisStory – March 8

Mount Etna, on the island of Sicily in modern-day Italy, erupted. It killed 20,000 people and left thousands more homeless over the next few weeks. (1669)

The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge had their first meeting. (1698)

In The Spectator, English essayist Joseph Addison wrote: “To be an atheist requires an infinitely greater measure of faith than to receive all the great truths which atheism would deny.” (1711)

Great Awakening revivalist Gilbert Tennent preached a sermon, The Danger of An Unconverted Ministry, refuting church leaders who opposed the Great Awakening and starting the New Light movement of knowing God more intimately. (1740)

American Revolutionary War: Regiments from Ansbach and Bayreuth, sent to support Great Britain, mutinied in the town of Ochsenfurt. (1777)

Gnadenhutten Massacre ended with Ohio militia killing 90 Christian Native American men, women, and children as they knelt praying and singing. The massacre was led by Captain David Williamson of the Pennsylvania Militia. (1782)

Anne Bonny, famous female pirate, was born. (1802)

New York Stock Exchange was founded. (1817)

5th US President James Monroe’s daughter Maria was the first child of a President to marry in the White House. (1820)

First train crossed the first US railway suspension bridge at Niagara Falls. (1855)

US Civil War: St Augustine Florida surrendered to Union armies. (1861)

US Civil War: The Confederate ironclad Virginia wreaked havoc on a Yankee squadron off Hampton Roads, Virginia. (1862)

US Civil War: Battle of Elkhorn Tavern ended with Confederate withdrawal. (1862)

British North America Act was passed in the House of Commons. It served as Canada’s constitution for more than 100 years. (1867)

Susan B. Anthony addressed the U.S. House Judiciary Committee arguing for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote. (1884)

Emmet Dalton, the only survivor of the Dalton Gang’s disastrous attempt to rob two Kansas banks, went to prison for a life sentence. (1893)

Baroness Raymonde de Laroche of Paris became the first ever licensed female pilot. (1910)

Internal Revenue Service began to levy and collect income taxes. (1913)

Russian Revolution, also known as February Revolution, began. (1917)

The first case of Spanish flu occurred. This was the start of a devastating worldwide pandemic. (1918)

Edwin Hubble photo showed as many galaxies as Milky Way has stars. (1934)

The first stock car race was held in Daytona Beach, Florida. (1936)

US Supreme Court ruled in McCollum v. Board of Education that religious instruction in public schools is unconstitutional. (1948)

Volkswagon bus went into production. (1950)

Author William Faulkner said US school were degenerated to become babysitters. (1958)

US nuclear submarine, Patrick Henry, arrived at Scottish naval base of Holy Loch from South Carolina in a record underseas journey of 66 days 22 hrs. (1961)

Malcolm X resigned from the Nation of Islam. (1964)

Vietnam War:  First US combat forces arrived in Vietnam, on the beaches of Da Nang. (1965)

The Goodyear blimp made its first flight. (1972)

Eisenhower Tunnel, world’s highest and US longest, opened in Denver, Colorado. (1973)

The Provisional Irish Republican Army, in its first operation in Great Britain, planted four car bombs in London. 10 members of PIRA were arrested at Heathrow Airport while trying to leave the country. (1973)

First extraterrestrial volcano was discovered on Jupiter’s satellite Io. (1979)

The US issued a public statement accusing the Soviet Union of using poison gas and chemical weapons in its war against rebel forces in Afghanistan. (1982)

IBM released PC DOS version 2.0. (1983)

US President Reagan first used the term “Evil Empire” about the USSR in a speech in Florida. (1983)

When the Communist Polish government banned public crosses, three thousand students protested, waving crucifixes in the air. (1984)

Angered at Christian conversions of Hindus, Rajesh Singh tossed a bomb into a House of Prayer church in Buhar state, India, and then shot pastor Vinod Kumar. Kumar survived. (2009)

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 with 239 people lost contact and disappeared, prompting the most expensive search effort in history. (2014)

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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