Today in HisStory – June 23

World’s oldest parliament, the Icelandic Parliament, the Alþingi, was established. (930 AD)

English Quaker William Penn signed his famous treaty with the Lenape Indians of Pennsylvania that was never sworn to or broken. (1683)

US Revolutionary War: Final draft of Declaration of Independence was submitted to Continental Congress. (1776)

First US balloon flight took place. (1784)

Dan Beach Bradley died. He was a doctor, newspaperman, and first missionary to Siam. (1873)

Frederick Douglas became the first African-American nominated for president. (1888)

Mercedes registered as the brand name for the car company. (1902)

Landslides created 3-mile long Slide Lake in Gros Venture, Wyoming. (1925)

Walter J. Ciszek was arrested in Russia where he has been preaching the gospel in spite of Communist laws against doing so. His book, He Leadeth Me, recounted his experiences and sufferings. (1941)

First twelve women graduated from Harvard Medical School. (1949)

Dutch Reformed Church accepted women ministers. (1958)

US Federal judge ruled race separation must end in Little Rock, Arkansas. (1958)

Convicted Manhattan Project spy Klaus Fuchs was released after only nine years in prison. (1959)

Japan signed security treaty with the US. (1960)

The Antarctic Treaty ensured Antarctica is used for peaceful purposes, for international cooperation in scientific research, and does not become the scene or object of international discord. (1961)

US President Richard Nixon and his Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman agreed to use CIA to cover up Watergate. (1972)

First extraterrestrial message was sent from Earth into space. (1974)

United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in their Brexit referendum. (2016)


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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