Today in HisStory – December 7

Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman orator and politician, was assassinated in Formiae. (43 BC)

Emperor Lo-Yang in China saw a supernova. (185 AD)

At the Synod of Rome, Cyril of Alexandria formally condemned the doctrine which claimed there are two separate Persons in the Incarnate Christ – one Divine, the other Human. (430 AD)

Emperor Charles V placed a reward of one hundred gold guilders on the head of the peaceable Anabaptist leader Menno Simon. (1542)

The American Colony of Massachusetts suspended the Corporal Punishment Act of 1656 which had imposed harsh penalties on Quakers and other religious Nonconformists. (1661)

Connecticut Route 108, one of the oldest highways in the U.S., was completed to Trumbull. (1696)

In the Tumult of Thorn, religious unrest was followed by the execution of nine Protestant citizens and the mayor of Thorn by Polish authorities. (1724)

Delaware became the first state to ratify the US constitution and the first US state. (1787)

Naturalist Alexander von Humboldt reported his discovery of the decrease in intensity of Earth’s magnetic field from the poles to the equator. (1804)

Pomare II, the Christian king of Tahiti, died. (1821)

Thomas Edison demonstrated his phonograph, gramophone, to the editors of Scientific American. (1877)

Inventor Leo Baekeland patented the first thermo-setting plastic, Bakelite, sparking the birth of the plastics industry. (1909)

Bust of Queen Nefertiti was found in El-Amarna, Egypt. (1912)

WW1: US became the 13th country to declare war on Austria. (1917)

WW1: The USA’s 42nd Rainbow Division arrived in France with Colonel Douglass MacArthur among its ranks. (1917)

Gas refrigerator was patented. (1926)

WW2: Imperial Japanese Navy with 353 planes attacked the US fleet at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii killing 2,403 people and starting American involvement in World War 2. (1941)

Microwave oven was patented. (1945)

Pope Paul VI and Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras I simultaneously lifted mutual excommunications that led to split of two churches in 1054. (1965)

Richard Dodd returned a library book his great grandfather took out in 1823 from the University of Cincinnati. (1968)

Apollo 17, final manned lunar landing mission, launched. (1972)

The first execution by lethal injection took place. (1982)

PLO delegation led by Yasir Arafat proclaimed the State of Palestine, recognizing the existence of the State of Israel for the first time. (1988)

6.9 earthquake in Spitak, Armenia killed 25,000-50,000 people and left up to 500,000 homeless. (1988)

Pakistani authorities arrested Tahir Iqbal, a Christian paraplegic, declaring he had insulted Mohammed by underlining passages and making margin notes in a copy of a Koran. He died in prison, having declared, “I will kiss my rope, but I will never deny my faith.” (1990)

Rigoberto Alpizar, a passenger on American Airlines Flight 924 who allegedly claimed to have a bomb, was shot and killed by a team of US federal air marshals at Miami International Airport. (2005)

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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