Today in HisStory – July 17

12 Carthage Christians were the first to be martyred in North Africa. This was also the first recorded incident of Christians in Africa. (180 AD)

Charles VII of France was crowned at Rheims, largely as a result of the inspiring efforts of Joan of Arc. (1429)

English secret service discovered Anthony Babington’s murder plot against England’s Queen Elizabeth I. (1585)

Sir Walter Raleigh was arrested by forces of King James. (1603)

Several Protestant ministers met at Lüneburg to discuss the formation of an evangelical league of defense against the Catholic League. (1686)

Catherine II became Tsarina of Russia after the murder of Peter III. She was also known as Catherine the Great. (1762)

American Revolutionary War: First military hospital was approved. (1775)

Richard Allen organized Philadelphia’s Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. (1794)

French Revolution: Members of the French National Guard opened fire on a crowd of radical Jacobins at the Champ de Mars, Paris killing as many as 50 people. (1795)

Spain ceded Florida to the US. (1821)

Indian convert Radhu Das was baptized after abandoning his high caste, his idolatry, and his self-righteous acts. (1831)

Harvard Observatory took the first photograph of a star – Vega. (1850)

US Congress authorized paper money. (1861)

First US dental school, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, was established. (1867)

Spanish American War: Spaniards surrendered to US at Santiago Cuba. (1898)

Israeli army captured Nazareth. (1948)

Salvation Army evangelist Evangeline Cory Booth died. She was known as “white angel of the slums”. (1950)

Grand Opening of Disneyland took place. (1955)

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Eastern Ukraine by a Buk surface-to-air missile launched from pro-Russian separatist-controlled territory, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board. (2014)

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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