Today in HisStory – June 29

Apostle Paul was beheaded with a sword near Rome according to The People’s Chronology. Some scholars disagree on the date placing it between 62 and 67 ADNero ordered the execution. (67 AD)

Missionary Raymond Lull was stoned to death in Bougie, North Africa. He had been persuaded by a vision to seek the conversion of Muslims, had founded a school to train men to the task, and had studied Islamic culture. (1315)

British ex-chancellor Thomas Cromwell was sentenced to death as heretic by King Henry VIII. (1540)

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre burned down. (1613)

American Revolutionary War: British passed Townsend Revenue Act levying taxes on America. (1767)

American Revolutionary War: Virginia state constitution was adopted. Patrick Henry was made the first governor. (1776)

First U.S. missionary society was organized. It was the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. (1810)

Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning told her husband of her love for him, gave him her blessing, and raised herself to die in his arms. “It is beautiful,” were her last words. (1861)

US Civil War: General Lee ordered his forces to concentrate near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. (1863)

US Civil War: George Armstrong Custer was appointed Union Brigadier General at age 23. (1863)

The first holiness conference opened at Keswick, England. (1875)

First known recording of classical music was made. It was Handel’s Israel in Egypt and was recorded on a wax cylinder. (1888)

US National Forest Service was organized. (1891)

During the Boxer Rebellion, the Imperial Chinese Court issued what was essentially a declaration of war against the foreigners in China and blamed hostilities on them. This gave license to the Boxers for even greater ferocity. (1900)

Pastor Meng Ch’ang-ch’un was martyred during Boxer Rebellion in China after helping missionaries get to safety when he refused to hide or run. (1900)

South Africa began implementing apartheid. They banned mixed marriages. (1949)

US Federal interstate highway system act was signed. (1956)

US Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed after an 83 day filibuster by Democrats. (1964)

First draft of Star Trek’s pilot Cage was released. (1964)

Vietnam War: US planes bombed Hanoi and Haiphong for first time. (1966)

Israel removed barricades and re-unified Jerusalem. (1967)

US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that death penalty is cruel and unusual. (1972)

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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