Today in HisStory – December 5

Charlemagne became the sole King of the Franks after the death of his brother Carloman. (771 AD)

500 Jews of Nuremberg were massacred during Black Death Riots. (1349)

The French Franc was created. (1360)

Earthquake struck Naples. 35,000 died. (1456)

Antibaptist Hans Schlaffer was martyred for standing for the Gospel. (1527)

English pirate Blackbeard ransacked the merchant sloop Margaret and kept her captain, Henry Bostock prisoner for 8 hours before releasing him. Bostock later provided the first record of Blackbeard’s appearance and the source for his name. (1717)

American Revolutionary War: First US fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa at William & Mary College, formed to discuss the war. (1776)

Wolfang Amadeus Mozart died. (1791)

US President Polk triggered the Gold Rush of 1849 by confirming gold discovery in California. (1848)

Author Alexandre Dumas died. (1870)

A fire at the Brooklyn Theater in New York killed nearly 300 people and injured hundreds more. (1876)

Artist Claude Monet died. (1926)

German physicist Albert Einstein was granted a visa to enter the United States. (1932)

Prohibition in US ended when 21st Amendment was ratified and 18th Amendment was repealed. (1933)

Flight 19, the “Lost Squadron” of 5 torpedo bombers and 14 airmen, was lost east of Florida in the supposed Bermuda Triangle. (1945)

US President Truman created the Committee of Civil Rights by Executive Order. (1946)

Historic bus boycott began in Montgomery, Alabama. (1955)

Vietnam War: The first Medal of Honor was awarded to a U.S. serviceman for action in Vietnam was presented to Capt. Roger Donlon of Saugerties, New York, for his heroic action earlier in the year. (1964)

Televangelist Jim Bakker was charged by a federal grand jury with mail fraud and conspiracy to defraud the public. (1988)

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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