Today in HisStory – June 1

The domestication of the horse took place for the first time in the Eurasian steppes near Dereivka in central Ukraine. (4000 BC)

Constantine, the first Roman emperor to consider himself a Christian, died. (337 AD)

Liberius, widely regarded as a heretic, was ordained Bishop of Rome- Pope. (352 AD)

Ethelbert, an Anglo-Saxon king, was baptized having converted to Christianity weeks earlier. (597 AD)

During the Battle of Beijing, Beijing was captured by Genghis Khan. (1215)

Pope Gregory XI issued a bull against John Wycliffe for publishing the New Testament in English. (1377)

Anne Boleyn was crowned queen of England after becoming Henry VIII’s second wife. (1533)

Mary Dyer was hanged in Massachusetts for being a Quaker. She was the first of the four Boston martyrs executed for being Quakers. (1660)

James Guthrie, Scottish Presbyterian minister, was executed for publishing a work which declared God’s coming wrath upon Scotland. He proclaimed the King of England was not the head of the church but instead Christ is. (1661)

Joseph Hawley, spiritually depressed, committed suicide in Northampton, Massachusetts, causing the collapse of a revival led by Jonathan Edwards. (1735)

The first recorded earthquake in the United States took place at Plymouth, Massachusetts. (1738)

American Revolutionary War: Benedict Arnold was court-martialed for 13 counts of misbehavior. Arnold was cleared of most of the charges but became angry when his mentor, General George Washington, reprimanded him anyway. (1779)

First US congressional act became law. It determined how to administer oaths. (1789)

Kentucky was admitted as 15th state. (1792)

Billy Bray, fiery 2nd Great Awakening evangelist, was born. His services were known for spontaneous outbursts of singing and dancing. (1794)

Tennessee was admitted as 16th state. (1796)

American Revolutionary War: The last British troops withdrew from the United States. (1796)

Pioneering Presbyterian minister Rev. Joseph Bullen met with Chickasaw leader Levi Colbert to propose a mission to the Chickasaw Indians—a proposal that was well received. (1799)

War of 1812: Captain John Lawrence declared the Navy motto for the first time. “Don’t give up the ship.” (1813)

Sojourner Truth left New York to begin her career as an antislavery activist. (1843)

US Civil War: First skirmish of the war took place at Fairfax Court House, Virginia. (1861)

US Civil War: US and Confederacy simultaneously stopped mail interchange. (1861)

US Civil War: The last day of battle at Fair Oaks/7 Pines, Virginia took place. 11,165 were killed. (1862)

US Civil War: General Robert E. Lee assumed command after Joe Johnston was injured at Seven Pines. (1862)

Voting machine was patented by Thomas Edison. (1869)

Lionel Fletcher , leading international revivalist between World Wars I and II, was born. (1877)

First pay telephone was installed. (1880)

WW2: Over 50,000 Fascists gathered for a meeting in Bologna. Mussolini warned he would lead a full-scale revolt against a government favoring anti-Fascist reaction. (1922)

Ji Wang was baptized secretly in Taiwan. A Presbyterian missionary later convinced her to get religious training to evangelize the tribe among whom she lives. She agreed. By her death in 1946, five thousand head hunters were baptized because of her ministry. (1924)

WW2: Germany banned all Catholic publications. (1941)

Charles de Gaulle was elected premier of France. (1958)

Mayor-council form of government was instituted for Washington, D.C. (1967)

The Ed Sullivan Show aired for the final time on CBS. (1971)

Reinhold Niebuhr, author of the Serenity Prayer and theologian, died. (1971)

The Heimlich maneuver for rescuing choking victims was published in the journal Emergency Medicine. (1974)

CNN, Cable News Network, was transmitted for the first time. (1980)

European Central Bank was founded in Brussels to define and execute the European Union’s monetary policy. (1998)

US unemployment rate fell to 3.8%, lowest since 2000 (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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