Today in HisStory – July 20

Alexander the Great was born. (356 BC)

Anne Hutchinson was christened. She was Puritan woman preacher who was exiled to Rhode Island. (1591)

Great Awakening preacher Jonathan Edwards married Sarah Pierpont. (1726)

Elisha Brown Jr pressed a 1,235 pound cheese ball at his farm. (1801)

Napoleon decreed all French Jews adopt family names. (1808)

Euston Railway Station opened in London as the terminus of the London and Birmingham Railway. It is the city’s first intercity railway station. (1837)

German astronomer Theodor discovered Comet Brorsen-Metcalf. (1847)

US Civil War: Confederate States’ Congress began holding sessions in Richmond, Virginia. (1861)

US Civil War: Battle of Peachtree Creek took place during the Atlanta Campaign. (1864)

Jesse Overholtzer, founder of Child Evangelism Fellowship, was born. (1877)

Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull surrendered to US federal troops. (1881)

The Christian Endeavor Society of Missouri began a campaign to ban all motion pictures that depicted kissing between non-relatives. (1910)

WW 1: Draft lottery was held. Number 258 was first number drawn. (1917)

Congresswoman Alice Mary Robertson became the first woman to preside over the US House of Representatives. (1921)

Tehran, Persia came under martial law after the American vice consul, Robert Imbrie, was killed by a religious mob. They were enraged by rumors he had poisoned a fountain and killed several people. He didn’t. (1924)

Convention of the Methodist Church voted to allow women to become priests. (1926)

The government of Hungary issued a decree ordering Gypsies to end their nomadic ways, settle permanently in one place, and subject themselves to the same laws and taxes as other Hungarians. (1928)

In Washington, D.C., police fired tear gas on World War I veterans. They were part of the Bonus Expeditionary Force who attempted to march to the White House. (1932)

WW2: Vatican state secretary Pacelli Pius XII signed an accord with Hitler. (1933)

Billboard published its first singles record chart with I’ll Never Smile Again by Tommy Dorsey in the number one slot. (1940)

WW2: Hitler survived an assassination attempt led by Germany army officer Claus Von Stauffenberg. It was later depicted in the movie Valkyrie. (1944)

US President Harry S. Truman issued the first peacetime draft. (1948)

Vietnam War: Armistice for Indo-China was signed. Vietnam separated into North and South. (1954)

USSR recovered 2 dogs, the first living organisms to return from space. (1960)

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin from Apollo 11 became the first two men to land on the moon. 530 million watched the live global broadcast. (1969)

Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. As he took his first step, he said, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Buzz Aldrin was the second man to walk on the moon. (1969)

Buzz Aldrin was the first man to take communion on the moon. (1969)

Actor Bruce Lee died at age 32. (1973)

US Viking 1 landed on Mars at Chryse Planitia. It was the first Martian landing. (1976)

A flash flood hits Johnstown, Pennsylvania, killing 84 people and causing millions of dollars in damages. This flood came 88 years after the infamous Great Flood of 1889 that killed more than 2,000 people in Johnstown. (1977)

Hyde Park and Regent’s Park bombings took place. 11 British soldiers and 7 military horses were killed in Provisional Irish Republic. (1982)

James Holmes started a mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, a Denver suburb, killing 12 people and injuring at least 70 others. The youngest killed was a six year old girl. (2012)

A Russian law went into effect denying Protestants the right to share their faith in person or on the internet and banning church services in homes. In the first month of its enforcement, seven evangelical Christians were charged with violations. (2016)

The last fighting occurred in the Iraqi city of Mosul as the city was liberated from ISIS militants. (2017)

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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