Today in HisStory – July 19

After setting Rome on fire, Nero blamed Christians and enacted the first state sponsored persecution. Many were martyred during this time including Apostles Peter and Paul. (64 AD)

Circus Maximus in Rome caught fire during the Great Fire of Rome. (64 AD)

Martin of Mayence was burned as a heretic because he belonged to a sect known as Friends of God. He refused to observe the days and hours of prayer and worship, regarded all Christians as priests, maintained outward works have no merit before God, and preached that the Lord Jesus suffered more in bearing the judgment of God than in enduring the pain of the cross. (1393)

38 Jews were burned at stake in Berlin, Prussia. (1510)

Peasants’ War began in Germany’s Black Forest. (1524)

15-year-old Lady Jane Grey was deposed as England’s Queen by Mary Tudor after only 9 days. (1553)

Astronomer Johannes Kepler had an epiphany and developed his theory of the geometrical basis of the universe. (1595)

The Society for Propagating the Gospel in New England was founded for the purpose of converting American Indians to Christian faith. (1649)

Five Massachusetts women were hanged for witchcraft in Salem Massachusetts. 20 people in all were hanged. (1692)

Rosetta Stone was found. (1799)

Brunel’s steamship, the SS Great Britain, was launched. It became the first ocean-going craft with an iron hull or screw propeller and the largest vessel afloat in the world. (1843)

Fire in New York City destroyed 1,000 homes and killed many. (1845)

First US women’s rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York. (1848)

US Civil War: Battle of Buffington’s Island at Saint George Creek, Ohio took place after  Brigideer General John Hunt Morgan crossed into Ohio from West Virginia. Morgan’s Raid was the largest Ohio battle during the war.  (1863)

Tennessee was the first to ratify 14th Amendment to the US constitution, guaranteeing civil rights. (1866)

US Congress passed the third Reconstruction Act over President Andrew Johnson’s veto. (1867)

Doc Holliday killed for the first time after a man shot up his New Mexico saloon. (1879)

US President Arthur proclaimed the power to impose a quarantine on immigrants. (1884)

Under pressure from the Japanese, the Emperor of Korea abdicated in favor of his son. His son was figurehead. (1907)

A meteorite of estimated 190 kg mass exploded over Holbrook in Navajo County, Arizona. Approximately 16,000 pieces of debris rained down on the town. (1912)

Billboard published the earliest known Last Week’s 10 Best Sellers among Popular Songs. Malinda’s Wedding Day was number one. (1913)

WW1: German armies retreated across the Marne River in France. (1918)

Richard E. Byrd, Laurence McKinley Gould, and their polar expedition team returned to the United States following the first exploration of the interior of Antarctica. (1930)

WW2: Hitler ordered Great Britain to surrender. (1940)

WW2: British PM Winston Churchill launched his “V for Victory” campaign. (1941)

WW2: BBC World Service began playing the letter V for victory in Morse Code. It is …- the opening of Beethoven’s 5th symphony. (1941)

WW2: First US Army flying school for black cadets was dedicated in Tuskegee, Alabama. (1941)

George Washington Carver, famous agriculturalist, met with Henry Ford to start project to make plastic out of soybeans. (1942)

Apollo 11 orbited the moon. (1969)

World Health Organization put the world’s Ebola death toll at 11,284. (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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