Today in HisStory – December 6

St. Nicholas died. (343 AD)

Thomas Aquinas had a vision of Christ. (1273)

Thomas Pride prevented 96 presbyterians from sitting in the English parliament. (1648)

Father Louis Hennepin, visiting the Niagara Falls, drew the first known sketch of the awe-inspiring landmark. (1678)

First edition of Encyclopedia Britannica was published. (1768)

Cokesbury College, the first Methodist college in America, was founded. (1787)

U.S. Congress moved from New York City to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (1790)

US President John Adams suggested the establishment of a national observatory. (1825)

Missionary William Carey learned Sati, widow-burning, had been abolished in India. Although it was Sunday morning, he decided translating the declaration into Bengali was more important than preaching, and he raced to prepare the announcement before nightfall, fearing delay may cost lives. (1829)

Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery in Maryland for the second and and final time. (1849)

US Civil War: 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution was ratified. It abolished slavery. (1865)

Joseph H Rainey became the first black in US House of Representatives. (1870)

US Electoral College picked Rutherford B. Hayes as President. Samuel J. Tilden had more votes. (1876)

First recording made of the human voice was Thomas Edison reciting, Mary had a Little Lamb. (1877)

Washington Monument was completed. (1884)

Coal mine explosions in Monongah, West Virginia killed 361. (1907)

China voted for universal human rights. (1912)

Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed. Ireland received dominion status. A partition created Northern Ireland. (1921)

First US Presidential address was broadcast on radio by President Calvin Coolidge. (1923)

A federal judge ruled Ulysses by James Joyce was not obscene. The book had previously been banned in the US. (1933)

WW2: Gestapo arrested German resistance fighter and poster artist Helen Ernst. (1940)

Everglades National Park in Florida was dedicated (1947)

Nelson Mandela and 156 others were arrested for political activities in South Africa. (1956)

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer first aired on TV. (1964)

Gerald Ford was sworn-in as first unelected Vice President. He succeeded Spiro Agnew who resigned over corruption allegations. (1973)

Hugo Chávez was elected President of Venezuela. (1998)

Several villagers were shot dead during protests in Dongzhou, China. (2005)

NASA revealed photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars. (2006)

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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