Today in HisStory – June 24

Nero began the first imperial persecution of Christians. He was responsible for Apostle Peter, Apostle Paul, and thousands of other being martyred. (64 AD)

Vikings destroyed Nantes in Western France. (843 AD)

A sudden outbreak of St. John’s Dance caused people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapsed from exhaustion. (1374)

John Cabot claimed Eastern Canada for England believing he found Asia in Nova Scotia. (1497)

Henry VIII was crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey. (1509)

English King Henry VIII commanded his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, to leave the court. (1540)

Five clergyman in Enkhuizen, Holland were hanged. (1572)

New Jersey Colony was founded. (1664)

First Free Masons’ grand lodge was founded in London. (1717)

The Kingswood School was opened by John and Charles Wesley in Bristol. The school later moved to Bath. (1748)

In the Gadsden Purchase, 29,670-square-mile were purchased from Mexico for $10 million. This is now southern Arizona and New Mexico. (1853)

US Civil War: Tennessee  11th state to secede from the Union, was the last state to do so. (1861)

Samuel David Ferguson, the first African-American Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church, was consecrated. (1885)

Decision was made to hold modern Olympics every four years. (1894)

An imperial decree ordered the killing of foreigners throughout China and started the brutal Boxer Rebellion. The uprising was not primarily anti-Christian, but missionaries and Chinese converts became the chief sufferers. (1900)

First exhibition by Pablo Picasso opened in Paris. (1901)

US President Grover Cleveland, the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms, died. (1908)

Mary Pickford became the first female film star to get a million dollar contract. (1916)

Orville J. Nave died. He was a U.S. Armed Services chaplain and the compiler of the popular Nave’s Topical Bible. (1917)

WW2: Adolf Hitler began a month long prison sentence for paramilitary operations. He railed against the Jewish sell-outs of Germany to the Bolsheviks. (1922)

WW 2: Entire Jewish male population of Grossly, Lithuania was exterminated by the Nazis. (1941)

United Church of Christ in Japan was founded. (1941)

Soviet Union began the Berlin Blockade. (1948)

U.S. Supreme Court ruled that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment in Roth v. United States. (1957)

IRS revealed US President Jimmy Carter paid no taxes in 1976. (1977)

US Supreme Court ruled a US president can’t be sued for actions in office. (1982)


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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