Today in HisStory – December 28

Westminster Abbey was dedicated. (1065)

Educator, Bible translator, and church reformer John Wycliffe suffered a paralyzing stroke while saying Mass. He died three days later. (1384)

Galileo observed the planet Neptune, but he didn’t know it was a planet. (1612)

Aaron, a Tamil catechist, became the first Indian pastor ordained by the Lutheran mission at Tranquebar, India. (1733)

French Revolution: American Patriot Thomas Paine was arrested in France for treason. (1793)

Krishna Pal, following his conversion from Hinduism to Christianity under the teaching of William Carey and his co-workers was baptised. He preached the gospel to fellow Indians. (1800)

American Colonization Society was organized. (1816)

Confederate General William Taliaferro was born in Gloucester County, Virginia. (1822)

John C. Calhoun became the first vice president in U.S. history to resign from office. He resigned due to differences with President Andrew Jackson. (1832)

Spain recognized the independence of Mexico. (1836)

M Jolly-Bellin discovered dry-cleaning when he accidentally upset lamp containing turpentine and oil on his clothing saw the cleaning effect. (1849)

US Civil War: Harriet Tubman arrived in Auburn, New York on her last mission to free slaves. Known as Moses, she evaded capture for eight years on the Underground Railroad. (1860)

United States claimed Midway Island, the first territory annexed outside Continental limits. (1867)

William Finley Semple of Mount Vernon, Ohio patented chewing gum. (1869)

The Knights of Labor, a labor union of tailors in Philadelphia, held the first Labor Day ceremonies in American history. (1869)

World’s first commercial movie was screened in Paris. (1895)

Carry Nation attacked a saloon in Wichita, Kansas, shattering a large mirror behind the bar and throwing rocks at a titillating painting of Cleopatra bathing. (1900)

The most destructive earthquake in recorded European history struck Southern Italy. The earthquake and tsunami it caused killed an estimated 100,000 people. (1908)

All Kalmyk inhabitants of the Republic of Kalmukkie were deported by the Soviet Union to Central Asia and Siberia. Many died en route. (1943)

Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance. (1945)

WW2: Jacob DeShazzar, one of America’s Doolittle Raiders, returned to Japan to evangelize the country he bombed during the war. (1948)

Korean War: Chinese troops crossed the 38th Parallel into South Korea. (1950)

Gulag Archipelago by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, a book about Stalin’s prison camps in central Asia, was published. (1973)

Akron Ohio’s Chamber of Commerce terminated itself from Soap Box Derby. (1973)

US President Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act into law. (1973)

First American test-tube baby, Elizabeth Jordan Carr, was born in Norfolk, Virginia. (1981)

U.S. immigration judge ordered John Demjanjuk deported to Ukraine for crimes against humanity committed during World War II. (2005)

Vladimir Putin signed into law a ban on US adoption of Russian children. (2012)

Two-year-old child in Guinea dies of an unidentified haemorraghic fever. His mother, sister, and grandmother soon followed. This was the first sign of Ebola epidemic. (2013)

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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