Today in HisStory – July 18

Great Fire of Rome began under the Emperor Nero. Historians believe Nero started the fire. Nero blamed the Christians and used it to launch a great persecution. (64 AD)

Pope’s authority was declared void in England by King Henry VIII. (1536)

American Revolutionary War: Boston Gazette published Liberty Song, America’s first patriotic song. (1768)

Author Jane Austin died at age 41. (1817)

US Civil War: US President Lincoln asked for 500,000 volunteers for military service. (1864)

The Pope was declared infallible. (1870)

The Ballot Act introduced secret ballot elections in Great Britain. Previously votes were made openly. (1872)

The Signal Corps was first established. It was the first US army air service. (1914)

Astronaut and US Senator John Glenn was born. He was the first man to orbit the Earth. (1921)

WW2: Adolf Hitler published Mein Kampf. The original title was Four and a Half Years of Struggle Against Lies, Stupidity, and Cowardice. (1925)

British seized the Exodus 1947 Ship carrying Jewish immigrants, many of them Holocaust survivors, to Palestine because of improper visas and incomplete paperwork. The immigrants were returned to France and detained in internment camps. (1947)

Teresa of Avila, born in 1515, was declared first woman doctor by the church. (1970)

21 people were killed and 19 were injured in a massacre in a McDonalds restaurant in San Ysidro, California. It ended with the shooting of its perpetrator, James Oliver Huberty. (1984)

Kim Jong-un was officially appointed Supreme Leader of North Korea and given the rank of Marshal in the Korean People’s Army. (2012)

Detroit, Michigan filed for bankruptcy becoming the largest US municipal bankruptcy at $18.5 Billion. (2013)

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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