Today in HisStory – June 22

A Roman soldier, Alban, became the first martyr in England after harboring a priest and taking his place. Alban was tortured and given a chance to renounce Christ but wouldn’t. The soldier who was to behead Alban was so awed that he refused to do the job, becoming a Christian himself on the spot. Another soldier was ordered to behead them both. (208 AD)

John Fisher is beheaded by command of King Henry VIII of England because he has openly rebuked Henry’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon and refused to accept Henry as head of the Church of England. (1535)

Queen Elizabeth’s first Anglican Prayer Book was published. (1559)

Henry Hudson was set adrift in Hudson Bay by mutineers on his ship Discovery. He was never seen again. (1611)

Galileo appeared before the Inquisition and was forced to recant his views that the Earth orbits the sun. (1663)

Royal Greenwich Observatory was established in England by King Charles II. (1675)

Scottish Covenanters published the Declaration of Sanquhar, disavowing allegiance to King Charles II and the government of Scotland because of governmental interference in religious affairs. This action soon brought Covenanter rebel Richard Cameron and his followers into trouble. (1680)

Matthew Henry, famous as a Bible commentator, died. (1714)

Donut was created. (1747)

Great Awakening preacher Jonathan Edwards was dismissed from his Congregational pulpit in Northampton, Massachusetts for refusing to allow non-Christians to become members or accept communion. He would serve as their pastor for two years after being fired. One hundred and fifty years later, Northampton Church erected a monument to Edwards. (1750)

Somerset v Stewart UK court case ruled slavery was unsupported by English common law. This encouraged abolitionist movement. (1772)

War of 1812: British boarded the USS Chesapeake, a provocation leading to war. (1807)

War of 1812: Upon learning of plans by the Americans to execute a surprise attack, Laura Secord, a Canadian, walked 32 km to warn the British troops. This resulted in a British surprise victory at the Battle of Beaver Dam. (1812)

The Palestine Exploration Fund was first organized with the purpose to provide information about the archaeology, history, and people of the Holy Land (1865)

In  China, practically the whole foreign community in Peking, including many Chinese Christians, retreated to British compounds during the Boxer Rebellion. (1900)

John Dillinger was named America’s first Public Enemy Number One. (1934)

The Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio caught fire. (1969)

US President Nixon signed the 26th amendment lowering the voting age to 18. (1970)

US Supreme Court ruled juries of less than 12 are constitutional. (1970)


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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