Today in HisStory – June 26

Pied Piper lured 130 children of Hamelin away. This actually happened. (1284)

Toothbrush was invented in China. (1498)

The Diet of Ilanz proclaimed the right of all persons in the Grisons, a region of Switzerland to choose between the Catholic and the Reformed religion. Those who chose the Reformed were subject to banishment but not to death. (1526)

Francisco Pizarro, governor of Peru and conqueror of the Incas, was assassinated by Spanish rebels. (1541)

John Flavel, an English Puritan preacher ejected from his pulpit, died. He suffered much of his life from laws against Nonconformists but had many parishioners who would travel more than five miles one way to hear him preach in woods. He wrote many books, influencing future revival leaders, including George Whitefield and Robert Murray M’Cheyne. (1691)

American Revolutionary War: Delaware patriot Caesar Rodney, who rode on horseback all night to Philadelphia to cast the deciding vote on independence. died. (1784)

Mother Javouhey, a French nun, sailed with 100 people to the outcast colony of French New Giana in South Africa. It is also included Devil’s Island (1828)

First pure food law was enacted in US. (1848)

The first 62 recipients were awarded the Victoria Cross for valour in the Crimean war by Queen Victoria. (1857)

Missionary J. Hudson Taylor founded the China Inland Mission. (1865)

Christian holiday of Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the United States. (1870)

Iaac Barton Kimbrough, a Tennessee preacher who led thousands to Christ, was robbed of money he collected for a Christian college. After urging the robbers to repent, he convinced them to donate to the cause instead. (1886)

Pearl S. Buck, American Presbyterian missionary to China. was born. She was the author of the 1931 best-seller, The Good Earth. (1892)

Karl Benz of Germany received a US patent for a gasoline-driven automobile. (1894)

First movie theater in US opened in New Orleans. It charged 10 cents for admission. (1896)

Dr Walter Reed began research that led to effective treatment for Yellow Fever. (1900)

The Indian Relief Act passed after a protracted period of Passive Resistance led by Gandhi. (1914)

US President FDR signed the Federal Credit Union Act establishing Credit Unions. (1934)

WW2: Germany and Poland signed a non-aggression treaty. Germany broke it in 1939 starting the war. (1934)

United Nations Charter was signed. (1945)

Alma Bridwell White, first female bishop in the United States for the Pillar of Fire denomination—formerly known as the Methodist Pentecostal Union Church, died. A supporter of the Ku Klux Klan, she was anti-Semitic and strongly opposed to Pentecostal manifestations such as tongues-speaking. (1946)

Berlin airlift began. (1948)

The Universal Product Code was scanned for the first time to sell a package of Wrigley’s chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio. (1974)

U.S. Supreme Court’s ruled unanimously in “O’Connor v. Donaldson” that non-dangerous people can’t be confined to psychiatric facilities without adequate treatment if able to live viably in outside society. (1975)

Elvis Presley sang in Indianapolis. It was his last performance. (1977)

Noble Alexander, a Seventh Day Adventist pastor, stepped off a plane in Washington D.C. after spending twenty-two years in Castro’s prisons because of his faith. (1984)

U.S. Supreme Court struck down Internet indecency law. (1997)

U.S. Supreme Court upheld doctor-assisted suicide ban. (1997)

US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 same-sex marriage is a legal right across all US states. (2015)

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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