Today in HisStory – June 18

Anne Askew was burned at the stake for teaching that the Lord’s Supper is not literally the body and blood of Christ, but rather a sacred symbol of it. (1546)

William Penn founded Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (1682)

US Revolutionary War: British abandoned Philadelphia. (1778)

First Baptist church was established in Kentucky by 18 people including Daniel Boone’s brother and three African Americans. (1781)

War of 1812: US declared war against Britain. (1812)

At the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon and France were defeated by British forces under Wellington and Prussian troops. (1815)

Slave revolt leaders Denmark Vesey and Peter Poyas were arrested in South Carolina. (1822)

Part of US-Canadian boundary was determined. (1822)

Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for voting for President (1873)

Macadamia nuts were first planted in Hawaii. (1892)

Bernard Mizeki, an African evangelist, was speared to death in Southern Rhodesia. Threatened, he had refused to flee, saying he worked for Christ. His wife and a helper leave to get blankets for him and reported that, from a distance, they saw a blinding light on the hillside where he has been lying, and heard a rushing sound, as though of many wings. When they return to the spot, his body has disappeared.(1896)

The Chicago national Republican Convention split between President Taft and Theodore Roosevelt after Taft was nominated. Roosevelt formed the Progressive Party also known as the Bull Moose Party. (1912)

American aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. She landed at Burry Port, Wales. (1928)

US Highway planning surveys were authorized nationwide. (1934)

WW2: Winston Churchill’s “this was their finest hour” speech urged perseverance during Battle of Britain. It was delivered to British House of Commons. (1940)

WW2: General Charles de Gaulle told the French to defy Nazi occupiers on the BBC. (1940)

WW2: German occupiers slaughtered cattle, pigs, and chickens in France. (1940)

WW2: Bernard W Robinson, became the first black ensign in the US Navy. (1942)

WW2: German submarine U-767 was sunk by English Navy destroyers in the English Channel. (1944)

WW2: William Joyce, Lord Haw-Haw, was charged with treason for making propaganda broadcasts for the Nazis. (1945)

American Library Association adopted Library Bill of Rights. (1948)

Divine services, Bible studies, and celebration of Communion in East Germany were forbidden by the Communist government. (1955)

US Supreme Court banned racial discrimination in the sale and rental of housing. (1968)

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev visited the US and President Nixon. (1973)

Space Shuttle test model Enterprise carried a crew aloft for first time. It was fixed to a modified Boeing 747. (1977)

A vaccine to prevent hoof & mouth disease was announced. (1981)

The AIDS epidemic was formally recognized by medical professionals in San Francisco, California. (1981)

Sally Ride became the first US woman in space. (1983)

Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, was indicted on ten criminal counts. (1996)


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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