Today in HisStory – December 4

Drops of molten silver injured the Shroud of Turin during a fire. (1532)

Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent occupied Baghdad. (1534)

38 colonists from Berkeley Parish in England disembarked in Virginia and gave thanks to God. This is considered by many as the first Thanksgiving in the Americas. (1609)

Father Marquette built the first dwelling in what is now Chicago. (1674)

Britain’s Observer, oldest Sunday newspaper in the world, was first published. (1791)

International Bible Society was founded in New York City. (1809)

Peter Gaillard of Lancaster, Pennsylvania patented a horse-drawn mower. (1812)

Britain outlawed “suttee” in India. Suttee was when a widow burned herself to death on her husband’s funeral pyre. (1829)

American Anti-Slavery Society was formed by Arthur Tappan in Philadelphia. (1833)

Mary Reed was born. She was an American Methodist missionary who spent 52 years of her life ministering to the lepers of India. (1854)

Former Minnesota farmer Oliver Hudson Kelley founded the Order of the Patrons of Husbandry. Today it is better known as the Grange. (1867)

The Mary Celeste Ship was discovered mysteriously abandoned by her crew in the Atlantic Ocean. (1872)

William “Boss” Tweed of Tammany Hall escaped from jail. (1875)

The first edition of the Los Angeles Times was published. (1881)

The world’s ten leading maritime nations attended a Naval Conference in London. They agreed on rules for blockade, convoys, and seizure of contraband. (1908)

WW1:Henry Ford’s peace ship, Oscar II, sailed for Europe “to get the boys out of the trenches by Christmas.” (1915)

All ecclesiastical property in Russia was confiscated. (1917)

WW1: US President Woodrow Wilson sailed for Versailles Peace Conference in France. He was the first US President to travel outside US while in office. (1918)

Cecil B. DeMille’s first version of The Ten Commandments premiered. (1923)

Vatican approved rhythm method for birth control. (1930)

US President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Federal Alcohol Control Administration. (1933)

WW2: Nazi ordinance placed Jews of Poland outside protection of the courts. (1941)

WW2: In Warsaw, a group of Polish Christians put their own lives at risk when they set up the Council for the Assistance of the Jews. (1942)

US President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered dismantling of Works Progress Administration. (1942)

Killer fogs began in London, England. It was first called smog. (1952)

Medical missionary Dr. Paul Carlson appeared on the cover of Time magazine. He had become a symbol for events in the Congo when he was seized by Simba rebels who executed him. (1964)

President Idi Amin ousted fifty missionaries from Uganda, charging that they have connections with Israel and South Africa.  (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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