Today in HisStory – December 8

Jesuit explorer-missionary Jacques Marquette reached St. Ignace on the straits of what would become the state of Michigan. 1672)

American Revolutionary War: George Washington’s retreating army crossed the Delaware River from New Jersy. (1776)

Pope Pius IX declared the Immaculate Conception of Mary an article of faith. (1854)

US Civil War: Abraham Lincoln issued his Amnesty Proclamation and plan for Reconstruction of the South. (1863)

James Clerk Maxwell’s paper “A Dynamical Theory of the Electromagnetic Field” was first read by the Royal Society in London. (1864)

A fire at the Ring Theater in Vienna, Austria, killed at least 620 people and injured hundreds more. (1881)

Rose Lathrop and Alice Huber founded the Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne, also known as Servants of Relief for Incurable Cancer. (1900)

WW2: US and Great Britain declared war on Japan. United States entered the war. (1941)

WW2: US President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered “Day of Infamy” speech to US Congress a day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. (1941)

WW2: Montanan Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress and a dedicated lifelong pacifist, cast the sole Congressional vote against the U.S. declaration of war on Japan. (1941)

Japanese police arrest some students and fifteen faculty members at the Christian school Yanjing University in Beijing. (1941)

Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his “Atoms for Peace” speech at the United Nations in New York. (1953)

22-year-old Omar Cabrera was ordained in Argentina. Already president of an Assembly of God youth organization and secretary for the national Assembly of God, he became an internationally-known evangelist, leader of revival in Argentina, and pastor of one of the world’s largest churches—Vision of the Future Church. (1957)

John Lennon, former Beatle, was shot to death by Mark David Chapman. (1980)

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed into law by US President Bill Clinton. (1993)

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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