Today in HisStory – June 2

Syrian Bishop St. Erasmus, also known as St. Elmo, was disemboweled during the savage persecution of Diocletian. (304 AD)

King Gaiseric and the Vandals sacked Rome. Rome was looted for 14 days. (455 AD)

Augustine, missionary to England and first archbishop of Canterbury, baptized Saxon King Ethelbert. This allowed the Christian faith to spread rapidly among the Anglos and Saxons. (597 AD)

American Revolutionary War: Intolerable Acts were enacted by Great Britain. (1774)

Anti-Catholic Gordon Riots protested Papists Acts ending discrimination of Catholics in England. (1780)

Abdool Musseeh was baptized. He was an ardent Muslim who was converted to Christianity while binding copies of Martyn’s Hindustani translation of the New Testament. (1811)

PT Barnum and his circus began their first tour of the United States. (1835)

First US alcohol prohibition law was enacted in Maine. (1851)

The Portland Rum Riot occurred in Portland, Maine. (1855)

James Gibbs of Virginia patented the chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine. (1857)

Donati Comet was first seen and named after its discoverer. (1858)

Nikolai, the first missionary to Japan, arrived in Japan. (1861)

US Civil War: Robert E. Lee took command of Confederate armies of North Virginia. (1862)

US Civil War: Harriet Tubman led Union guerrillas into Maryland to free slaves. (1864)

Alexander Graham Bell made his first sound transmission. (1875)

US President Grover Cleveland became the first US president to marry while in office. He married Frances Folsom in the White House. (1886)

Guglielmo Marconi applied to patent the radio. It wasn’t accepted until July 2, 1897. (1896)

Black Americans observed a day of fasting in protest against lynchings. (1899)

Velveeta Cheese was created by Kraft. (1928)

Sarah Dickson became the first woman Presbyterian elder in the United States. (1930)

US President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the first swimming pool built inside the White House. (1933)

Babe Ruth retired. (1934)

Queen Elizabeth II was crowned. (1953)

New Jersey enacted gambling, allowing the first casino in Atlantic City. (1977)

John Paul II became the first pope to visit a Communist country. He visited Poland. (1979)

10,000 Chinese soldiers were blocked by 100,000 citizens protecting students demonstrating for democracy in Tiananmen Square, Beijing. (1989)

US Congress passed new legislation to reform National Security Agency procedures, restricting gathering of phone records. (2015)

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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