Today in HisStory – March 9

After being tortured and imprisoned, 40 Roman soldiers refused to denounce Christ and marched naked into ice cold water to be martyred, praying 40 would receive crowns of life. When one lost his nerve, a guard received Christ as his savior and took his place. (320 AD)

Nicolaus Copernicus’ first recorded his astronomical observation. (1497)

Martin Luther began preaching his Invocavit Sermons in Wittenberg, Germany. He reminded citizens to trust God’s Word instead of resorting to violence. This helped bring to a close the revolutionary stage of the Reformation. (1522)

Kissing in public was banned in Naples and was punishable by death. (1562)

The influential economics book, The Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith was published. (1776)

Charles Graham of New York was granted first US patent for artificial teeth. (1822)

French Foreign Legion was founded. (1834)

Phoebe Palmer Knapp, author of over 500 hymns, was born. (1839)

Prussian government limited the work week to 51 hours for children. (1839)

U.S. Supreme Court ruled African slaves who seized control of the Amistad Slave Ship had been illegally forced into slavery, and thus are free under American law. (1841)

Mexican-American War: U.S. forces, under General Winfield Scott, invaded Mexico three miles south of Vera Cruz. (1849)

Albert Potts of Philadelphia patented the street mailbox. (1858)

US Civil War: General Ulysses S. Grant was appointed commander of Union Army. (1864)

Great Blizzard of 1891 began in England. It lasted until March 13. 200 people and 6,000 animals killed. (1891)

WW1: Otterman Turks Interior Minister Talaat issued a directive to wipe out all Christian Armenians. One and a half million died in the next few months. (1915)

WW1: Germany declared war on Portugal. (1916)

Hundreds of Mexican guerrillas, under the command of Francisco Pancho Villa, crossed the U.S.-Mexican border and attacked the small border town of Columbus, New Mexico. (1916)

Russian Bolshevik Party became the Communist Party. (1918)

The World Radio Missionary Fellowship was incorporated in Lima, Ohio. Today it broadcasts the Gospel in 15 languages to South America and Europe. (1931)

US Congress was called into special session by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, beginning its 100 days. (1933)

Construction of the Alaska Highway began. (1942)

WW2: 334 US B-29 Super-fortresses attacked Tokyo with 120,000 fire bombs in the single deadliest air raid of the war. (1945)

Hymn writer Civilla Durfee Martin died. Her many gospel songs included The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power, God Will Take Care of You, and His Eye Is on the Sparrow. (1948)

Edward Teller and Stanislaw Ulam submitted a classified paper at the Los Alamos lab. They proposed staged implosion for a practical megaton-range hydrogen bomb. (1951)

Pentecostal Evangelist Tommy Hicks arrived in Argentina and requested a large stadium even though local ministers told him it is impossible to obtain a large stadium and more impossible to fill it. After weeks of healing services, a larger stadium was needed to handle the huge crowds. (1954)

The first Barbie doll made her debut at the American Toy Fair in New York City. (1959)

US Supreme Court issued New York Times vs Sullivan decision. Public officials must prove malice to claim libel to recover damages. (1964)

First Ford Mustang was produced. (1964)

WW2: Last Japanese soldier, a guerrilla operating in Philippines, surrendered 29 years after the war ended. (1974)

First female cadets were accepted to West Point Military Academy. (1976)

A nuclear accident at a Japan Atomic Power Company plant in Tsuruga, Japan exposed 59 workers to radiation. (1981)

Comedian George Burn died at 100 years old. (1996)

Liquid water was discovered on Enceladus, the sixth largest moon of Saturn. (2006)

The US Justice Department released an internal audit that found that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had acted illegally in its use of the USA Patriot Act to secretly obtain personal information about US citizens. (2007)

Muslim gangs assaulted Christian garbage collectors in Cairo’s Mokatam, wounding one hundred and thirty people. They burned homes and destroyed garbage trucks and recycling plants. No emergency services responded until morning, by which time nine Christians and a Muslim homeowner were dead. (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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