Today in HisStory – June 21

Jews were expelled from Nurenberg Bavaria by Emperor Maximillian. (1498)

Francis Fletcher, chaplain to Sir Francis Drake, read from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer somewhere in California. This was the first known Protestant church service in the New World. (1579)

The first Protestant church in America was established in Jamestown. (1607)

Increase Mather was born. He was an early American theologian who published nearly 100 books and helped end executions for witchcraft in colonial America. (1639)

King Charles II revoked the Massachusetts Bay Colony charter. (1684)

In Montreal, a black slave, Marie-Joseph Angélique, having been convicted of the arson that destroyed much of the city, was tortured and hanged by the French authorities in a public ceremony. (1734)

US Constitution was ratified. (1788)

French Revolution: French King Louis XVI and his family were captured at Varennes-en-Argonne while trying to flee France. (1791)

The African Methodist Episcopal AME Zion Church was formally constituted in New York City. (1821)

American inventor, Christian, and businessman Cyrus Hall McCormick patented the reaping machine. He made a fortune from it and gave most of the money to charities. (1834)

Isaac McCoy, a missionary to American Indians, died. He wrote many times about his concern of the Indians being corrupted by white men. (1846)

F.W. Woolworth opened the first store. It  failed almost immediately. (1879)

First Ferris wheel premiered in Chicago. (1893)

U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Guinn v. United States striking down an Oklahoma law denying the right to vote to some male citizens. Women still didn’t have the right to vote. (1915)

WW2: US defeated Japanese on Okinawa. (1945)

Three civil rights workers, Michael H Schwerner, Andrew Goodman & James E Chane, were killed by Klu Klux Klan after their release from a Mississippi jail. (1964)

Jaws movie opened. (1975)

Space Ship One became the first privately funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight. (2004)


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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