Tamera Lynn Kraft Online Links

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Here are some places you can find me online other than Word Sharpeners:


Facebook Page

Amazon Author Page



Colonial Quills (I contribute every 3rd Friday of the month.)

Heroes, Heroines, and History (I contribute on the 29th of every month.)

Revival Fire for Kids (my children’s ministry website)

Revival Fire for Kids Facebook Page

This Week in History 8/22 – 8/28

HistoryThis Week in History

by Tamera Lynn Kraft

August 22:

  • US Revolutionary War: Redcoats land at Long Island (1776)
  • In Massachusetts, missionary John Eliot founded an Indian church at Martha’s Vineyard (1670)
  • J. Edgar Hoover becomes Assistant Director of the FBI (1921)
  • International Red Cross founded (1864)
  • Vietnam War: Vietnam conflict begins as Ho Chi Minh leads a successful coup (1945)
  • First female US newspaper editor, Ann Franklin, in Newport Rhode Island (1762)
  • US President Teddy Roosevelt became first US chief executive to ride in a car (1902)
  • United States annexes New Mexico (1848)
  • Cadillac Motor Company is founded (1901)
  • Mona Lisa stolen from the Louvre by Vincenzo Perugia, recovered in 1913 (1911)
  • The first air raid in history; Austria launches pilotless balloons against the Italian city of Venice (1849)
  • Civil War in England began between Royalists & Parliament (1642)
  • World Council of Churches created (1948)
  • DNA testing links OJ Simpson to murder of Nicole Simpson & Ron Goldman (1994)
  • Beatles arrive in New York City (1966)

August 23:

  • War of 1812: First Lady Dolley Madison saves portrait of George Washington and other important art work in the White House from the British before they march into Washington DC (1814)
  • African Methodist Episcopal Church incorporated (1796)
  • Russian ballet star Aleksandr Godunov becomes first dancer to defect to the United States (1979)
  • Osama bin Laden issues message entitled ‘A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places (1996)
  • Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley, Massachusetts first graduating class (1838)
  • Eastern Tennessee settlers declare their area an independent state called Franklin (1784)
  • First US National Women’s Rights Convention convenes in Worcester, Massachusetts (1850)
  • US Civil War: Confederate spy Rose O’Neal Greenhow by Allan Pinkerton (1961)
  • East Germany imposed new curbs on travel between West & East Berlin (1961)
  • Mexico declares independence (1821)
  • Texas Rangers arrest outlaw and killer John Wesley Hardin who once shot a man for snoring (1877)
  • WW2: Hitler-Stalin pact makes Germany and USSR allies (1939)
  • Italian-born anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti are executed for murder (1927)
  • William Wallace, Scottish patriot, is executed for high treason by Edward I of England (1305)
  • St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre where 70,000 Protestant Huguenots were slaughtered by Catholics (1572)
  • Mount Vesuvius begins stirring, on feast day of Vulcan, Roman god of fire (goes on to destroy Pompeii (79 AD)
  • New York City declares first cases of West Nile virus (1999)
  • First one-way streets open in London (1617)
  • Hurricane Katrina first forms over the Bahamas, later becoming a category 5 hurricane (2005)
  • British capture Hong Kong from China (1839)
  • Mars’ closest approach to Earth since 10th century (1924)
  • WW2: Last cavalry charge in history takes place at Isbushenskij, Russia, Savoia Cavalleria charge Soviet infantry (1942)
  • Fannie Farmer opens cooking school changing forever the way women cook (1902)
  • Patent for first tire chain issued (1904)
  • Rudolph Valentino, silent screen idol, dies at the age of 31 from a ruptured ulcer (1926)

August 24:

  • Gutenberg Bible was bound (1456)
  • War of 1812: British forces captured Washington, DC, & burned down many landmarks including the White House (1814)
  • First transcontinental non-stop flight by a woman, Amelia Earhart (1932)
  • District of Alaska becomes an organized incorporated territory of the United States (1912)
  • Act of Uniformity requires English to accept Book of Common Prayer (1662)
  • Rome fell to Alaric and his Visigoth armies when someone opened the city gate from within (410 AD)
  • Mt Vesuvius erupts burying Pompeii & Herculaneum and killing 15,000 (79 AD)
  • Thomas Edison patents motion picture camera (1891)
  • Edith Sampson named 1st African American US delegate to UN (1950)
  • First potato chips prepared in Sarasota Springs, New York (1853)
  • WW2: Luftwaffe bombs London (1940)
  • Duke James of York gives Delaware to William Penn (1682)
  • The Panic of 1857 begins setting off one of the most severe economic crises in U.S. history (1857)
  • Five Baptist congregations met at Jellico Creek, Kentucky, and formed the Church of God of the Mountain Assembly, a Pentecostal denomination (1906)
  • Richmond Daily Dispatch reports 90 blacks arrested for learning (1858)
  • Cornelius Swarthout patents waffle iron (1869)
  • -127°F, -88°C, in Vostok, Antarctica sets world record 1960)
  • Pope Innocent III declares Magna Carta invalid (1215)
  • 6,000 Jews blamed for the Plague are killed in Mainz (1349)
  • Announcement of possible Martian tornadoes (1987)

August 25:

  • John Birch

    Moravian missionaries Dober and Leupold left to sell themselves into slavery so they could preach the Gospel to slaves in St. Thomas (1732)

  • John Birch, an American missionary to China and a captain in the Army during World War 2, is killed by Chinese communists days after the surrender of Japan, for no apparent reason and becomes the first casualty of the Cold War (1945)
  • New York Sun newspaper perpetrates Great Moon Hoax reporting life had been discovered on the moon (1835)
  • WW2: Paris is liberated from the Nazis (1944)
  • Hurricane kills 275 in Galveston, Texas (1915)
  • Galileo demonstrates his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers (1609)
  • Japanese scientist Shibasaburo Kitasato discovers the infectious agent of the bubonic plague and publishes his findings in The Lancet (1894)
  • “Little House On The Prairie” author Laura Ingalls Wilder weds Almonzo James Wilder (1885)
  • First skirmishes of the Battle of Blair Mountain, a civil uprising in Logan County, West Virginia (1921)
  • New Orleans founded as hundreds of French pour into Louisiana (1718)
  • Theologian and preacher Andrew Murray’s testimony of his life was published in The Christian Magazine (1895)
  • Matthew Webb becomes first to swim English Channel (1875)
  • US Department of Interior forms National Park Service (1916)
  • Captain James Cook departs from Plymouth, England on his first voyage, on board the Endeavour, bound for the Pacific Ocean (1768)

August 26:

  • 19th Amendment adopted giving women the right to vote (1920)
  • The New Testament of the ASV American Standard Version Bible was first published (1901)
  • WW2: Japanese diplomats board USS Missouri to receive instructions on Japan’s surrender at the end of WWII (1945)
  • First US roller coaster built (1929)
  • Battle of Crecy in Normandy where the English annihilate the French ending the 100 Year War because of the use of a new weapon, the long bow (1346)
  • First televised Major League baseball game (1939)
  • An American in Paris with music by George Gershwin, directed by Vincente Minnell, and starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron premieres in London (1951)
  • Michelangelo was commissioned by Pope Alexander VI to carve the “Pieta” Mary lamenting over the dead body of Jesus (1498)
  • First Lutheran denomination in North America, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1748)
  • 16 blacks lynched in Tennessee (1874)
  • Harry Houdini escapes from chains underwater at Aquatic Park in 57 seconds (1907)
  • Charles Lindbergh dies (1974)

August 27:

  • Krakatoa becomes the most powerful volcanic eruption, destroys island, and affects weather and sea levels around the world. It is heard 3,000 miles away and creates 120-foot tsunamis that killed 36,000 people. (1883)
  • Guinness Book of World Records is first published (1955)
  • WW2:  Prince Fumimaro Konoye, prime minister of Japan, announces that he would like to enter into direct negotiations with President Roosevelt in order to prevent the Japanese conflict with China from expanding into world war (1941)
  • Worst fire in New York in 80 years ends after 4 days (1995)
  • WW2: US troops land in Japan after Japanese surrender (1945)
  • Revolutionary War: Battle of Brooklyn (1776)
  • Roman Holiday starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck is released (1953)
  • Books by poet John Milton were ordered burned because of his attacks on the monarchy (1606)
  • Missionary Ludwig I. Nommensen baptized the first four families of the Batak tribe in North Sumatra, now known as Indonesia, to be converted to the Christian faith (1865)

August 28:

  • 200,000 march and demonstrate for African American civil rights in Washington, DC where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gives his I Have a Dream speech (1963)
  • Campus Crusade for Christ was incorporated in Los Angeles by founder Bill Bright (1953)
  • WW2: 23,000 Hungarian Jews are murdered by the Gestapo in occupied Ukraine (1941)
  • Vietnam War: Police & anti-war demonstrators clash at Chicago’s Demcratic National Convention, and reporter Mike Wallace is punched in the mouth on live TV (1968)
  • US Civil War: 2nd Battle of Bull Run or Manassas at Groveton, Virginia with Union losses of 16,000 and Confederate losses of 9,000 (1862)
  • US Revolutionary War: Battle of Cooch’s Bridge takes place near Newark, Delaware (1777)
  • First locomotive in US, Tom Thumb, runs from Baltimore to Ellicotts Mill (1820)
  • Ten suffragists arrested as they picket the White House (1917)
  • Henry Hudson discovers & explores Delaware Bay (1609)
  • WW1: Germany declares war on Romania (1916)
  • WW1: Italy declares war against Germany (1916)
  • Oldest city in the US, St Augustine Florida, is established (1565)
  • Scientific American magazine publishes its first issue (1845)

It’s All About Me–NOT!

by Carole Brown

Why helping your fellow-authors is beneficial to YOUR writing career.

  • Don’t ever think one writer is more important than another. Why? The simple friends freeanswer is, because they’re not. We’re all equal. We’re all important in our own rights. We’re all traveling on different paths of this journey, whether by our own efforts, desires, decisions, God’s will, or whatever. No one should be able to say, I’m superior because of blah, blah, blah.
  • Promote other authors. But that takes time away from my own limited time frame, you say. Yep, but not much. So then, how?

1.  Begin with your local friends and local or close writer groups. These people are those who you no doubt associate with frequently or meet with often. They might be closer friends, those you talk with online more often than others. 

  • How long will it take to hit a share button for a new release or promotion? Requests to help by tweeting? Do it if you have a Twitter account.
  • When fellow/friend authors hold online promotions, try to take a few minutes and blog-freeshow up at their event site. Like a few posts, make a comment or two, let her/him know you’re there to support.
  • If you have a blog, host an author now and then, or maybe do like I do sometimes and have a post recommending (and promoting) another (or two or three) author’s book(s).
  • Share your knowledge, speak when the opportunity opens, help guide newbies with hints and ideas on how to they  can proceed successfully in their journey.

2.  Branch out. These are new people, those who’ve already “made it” and those who could be beneficial to your career. How to do this?

  • Be friendly, but not pushy. Almost everyone appreciates a smile, a complsmile_faceiment and a word of encouragement.
  • At conferences, sitting with others you might not know that well, be prepared to share a thought or two or, if the chance comes up, a question or two. Know how to phrase your own credentials in a positive, but unboasting way, even if you’re not a bestselling author yet.
  • Reach out when opportunities come up. Doesn’t matter what they are, if you’re comfortable with the offer, have the time (or can make the time), do it.


Extra thoughts:

Look for opportunities to do something nice.  An example:

At one conference, sitting at a table next to an editor I had thought I might want to approach about a book, I realized after a bit, that we wouldn’t be a good match. So when another author from across the table and the editor began talking and seemed to be on the same level, I offered my seat next to the editor to the author. I immediately saw how impressed the editor was that I would do that. No, at the time, we weren’t a good match. But down the road? Who knows what might/could happen?

Benefits for You:

  • Gets you attention. People notice when others do nice things. They may not let you know about it at the time, but believe me, they will see and remember. When you need a favor or an “in” you’ll already have established yourself in others’ eyes as a worthy person.
  • Gives you a leg-up on opportunities. You may not need or even want many that pop up, but occasionally you’ll find one that interests you or benefits your writing efforts. Grab it and to with it. You earned it.
  • Gives you Author Exposure. Whether you’re published now, or it’s in your future, you want to get known. Yes, this is similar to the first benefit I mentioned. That one feeling good freepointed primarily toward view you as a polite, charismatic person nice to be around. This one is more business-oriented. Nothing, and I mean nothing, is worthless when it comes to getting your name out there, and when you help others, you get noticed. More people will be encouraged to buy your books, ask you for endorsements and reviews and to write blog posts for their sites. You want all the exposure you can get.
  • Gives you a great feeling about yourself.

A couple warnings:

  • You’ll never be able to keep up with all the requests you’ll eventually getattention2 free from others wanting/needing endorsements and reviews. You’ll have to follow your heart on this one. Just remember that the one who might not be quite as popular may appreciate and need that review more than the more successful author. Think about it.
  • Secondly, a pet peeve confession!:)  I see on some of the author group sites I’m part of, that a person may share an achievement, an event or some other good news. Two, three, sometimes more will like and congratulations, but what do I see? Many who’ve viewed that post, but didn’t have time to hit, at the least, a like? Why? Well, I’m not God, not even a judge, but it makes me wonder, and it hurts me to think that people can see a wonderful happening in their “friend’s” life and not even show their happiness for them. Think about it.

Remember: It’s all about YOU and ME. 



Debra E. Marvin – Reviewers Needed Please! (book giveaway)

DM_headshot (1)Today Author Debra E. Marvin is visiting our blog and giving away a copy of her new book. Here’s a little about her.

Debra E. Marvin tries not to run too far from real life but the imagination born out of being an only child has a powerful draw. Besides, the voices in her head tend to agree with all the sensible things she says. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Sisters in Crime, and serves on the board of Bridges Ministry in Seneca Falls, NY. She’s released “Alarmingly Charming” in Austen in Austen Vol 1 from WhiteFire Publishing, and “Desert Duet” and “Starlight Serenade” from Forget Me Not Romances, after many unpublished contest successes including two finals for the Daphne DuMaurier award. Debra works as a program assistant at Cornell University, and enjoys her family and grandchildren, obsessively buying fabric, watching British programming and traveling with her childhood friends.


Reviewers Needed Please!

by Debra E. Marvin

Thank you for inviting me to your blog, Tamera! I enjoyed learning more about you and your recent release at our recent online event with Colonial Quills.

Here’s what’s on my heart: Reviewers. Reviewers are so very important to an author’s success, and yet actually enlisting reviewers was one of the last things I thought of through many years of writing.  I was thrilled to become part of a group blog (Inkwell Inspirations) about six years ago, and would have given up long ago without their collective guidance and encouragement. They are a major part of my writing journey.

Sadly, after I’d begun to sell books, I still didn’t understand the importance of reviewers. I’d heard about “tribes” and I’d watched authors worry and work their way through marketing, but when my first book went up on Amazon, I held my breath waiting for the magic to begin. Surprise. Nothing happened.  I did some marketing (not a lot!) and I asked a few people to read my book. I sent out a couple digital copies.  But it seemed to be dead in the water. People I’d asked to read and review weren’t quite getting to the point of actually reviewing it. Or, worse… I thought they didn’t like it.  (Ahhh. The worries when the new books exists in a vacuum!)

Book two: I was ready! I marketed all over the place. Gave away books, asked for reviews, went from blog to blog to blog. I begged people to review.  I had a bit more success, but not much.  Amazon supposedly has an average of 500 new books a day.  To get noticed, one has to work hard, have incredibly good luck or get arrested—preferably in an international incident.  Hard work was my option, so I spent six weeks marketing my book. Sadly, over half the people who say they will read and review don’t.  I understand that in a way. I’ve accepted books I never got around to reviewing. Sometimes it’s because I lost interest, but mostly it’s a matter of time.

DM bookBook three: I came out of the gate with blazing marketing and blatant begging. I’d read everything I could on marketing, watched webinars and spent every spare minute wondering how I could better market my books.

And somewhere, things started to click. I’ve made more connections and readers who are willing to review. They won’t all review, and they won’t all love my books. But it’s a slow and steady growth. For each person who actually reviews, I want to jump up and down and send them chocolates and flowers.  Review writing can be simple (the way I do it) or classy (the way I wish I could do it.)  Both kinds of reviews make me happy!

SS CoverStarlight Serenade

The Englishman would look back one day and blame it all on Jazz…
Flagstaff, Arizona 1930. Full-time Astronomer, and part-time sharp dresser Julian Dyson didn’t discover Pluto but he does discover a nasty case of self-righteousness when a former Ziegfeld Girl’s folly threatens his good name.

Broadway understudy Clara Longworth and her peculiar younger brother are on their way to a new life in Hollywood when they are stranded along Route 66. Clara is asked to fill in as nightclub entertainment, but her good intentions set her up as accomplice in the blackmailing of a government man who makes the real thugs look classy.
Until Julian and Clara put their heads together for more than dancing the Black Bottom, their big-as-the-night-sky dreams are on target to fail. Maybe they need a telescope to see what’s right in front of their starry eyes.

You can buy Starlight Serenade at this link.

Debra is giving away an eBook copy of Starlight Serenade next Thursday. To be entered in the drawing, comment answering this question: Readers, do you take the time to review books? Do you feel confident about it? What kind of encouragement would help you make that step? (Please let me know if I might add you to my newsletter list. It only goes out when I have a new release.)

Can We Expect God to Rescue Us

by Tamera Lynn Kraft

There’s a Bible story in Mark 34 is one that resonates to us all. Jesus told His disciples to get on the boat with Him and go to the other side. Jesus went to sleep on the voyage. Meanwhile, a great wind suddenly appeared and tossed the boat to the point where the disciples were in a panic. At this point, one of them noticed Jesus asleep. They woke Him and said. “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”

There are times when we all are in that situation. The wind is blowing, the waves are overwhelming us, and Jesus seems to be asleep at the wheel. It’s times like these we are tempted to wonder if God really cares. Can we really expect God to rescue us from this mess we’re in? The truth is there are times God doesn’t rescue His children. Peter was delivered from prison and certain death when an angel was sent to rescue him, but a few years later, he was martyred by hanging on a cross upside down. God doesn’t always rescue us, but sometimes He does.

Even when God doesn’t come to the rescue or send the cavalry, He still is there for us. The story of the disciples in the storm ends in Mark 4:39. “Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still!’ And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.”

In this case, Jesus rescued the disciples by speaking to the storm and rebuking the wind. He said, “Peace, be still.” Sometimes Jesus will rescue us by speaking to the storm, but sometimes Jesus will speak peace into our hearts in the midst of the storm.

ResurrectionOfHopeCoverArtIn my new novella, Resurrection of Hope, Vivian has gone through lots of storms. Her fiancé died in the Great War. Her entire family died of the influenza pandemic. If that wasn’t bad enough, she was evicted from her home because of her father’s gambling debts. She lost hope that God would ever rescue her. At the point when she was at her lowest, God sent Henry in her life to save her, but she still needed the hope and peace only God gives. She needed God to speak peace to her spirit.

Sometimes God will calm the storms; sometimes He won’t, but we can always count on God to speak peace to our spirits.

Faith-Filled Historicals for the Adventurous Heart

by Tamera Lynn Kraft

Faith-Filled Historicals for the Adventurous Heart is the tagline I came up with when I started writing fiction to be published. I wanted a tagline that reflected who I am as an author and what you would expect to find in my fiction.

Faith Word Showing Spiritual Belief Or TrustFaith-Filled: Every novel and story I write is written from a Christian worldview and has an element of faith in it. I don’t do preachy because I don’t try to add that faith element. Because my Christian faith permeates every part of my life, it comes out organically in everything I write.

Some stories, like A Christmas Promise and Soldier’s Heart, have more overt references. Soldier’s Heart (now out of print) is about a Civil War soldier with PTSD. The soldier is a Christian and uses Scripture to help him cope. A Christmas Promise is about Moravian missionaries in Ohio, so Christianity is a central part of the characters’ lives.

Other stories have faith in the background, but it’s still there. Resurrection of Hope, my newly released novella, is about two flawed people trying to make their marriage of convenience into a real marriage based on love and respect. Although God is occasionally mentioned, He is mostly in the background giving them the hope and guidance they need. Alice’s Notions, my soon to be released full-length novel, is even more subtle. The story is a cozy spy novel set in post World War Two with a Christian worldview as a backdrop.

HistoryHistoricals: All of my stories are set in American history. That’s where I find my ideas.

Adventurous Heart: The one element my stories all have is the adventure I long for when I read a novel. Most have an element of romance, some have an element of

suspense, but they all have a strong element of adventure running through them.

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In the middle of Soldier’s Heart, Noah has to confront his own insecurities and fear to face the danger that confronts him and his wife. In A Christmas Promise, John is faced with sharing the Gospel with a hostile tribe of Indians while his wife Anna worries for his safety. In Resurrection of Hope, at some point, a tornado blows through town. In Alice’s Notions, there are Communist spies in a sleepy town in West Virginia. I do this because facing danger, both from within and without, and conquering our fears to do what God wants us to do is the greatest adventure anyone could ever have.

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Today in History 8/15 – 8/21

HistoryToday in History

by Tamera Lynn Kraft

August 15:

  • War of 1812: After watching the Battle of Baltimore all night, Francis Scott Key writes Star Spangled Banner which becomes America’s national anthem (1814)
  • Mayflower sets sail from Southampton with 102 Pilgrims (1620)
  • The Wizard of Oz premieres at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Hollywood (1939)
  • Panama Canal opens under cost (1914)
  • First recorded US hurricane hit the Plymouth Colony (1635)
  • WW1: Japan joins side of allies (1914)
  • First Christian missionaries to reach Japan landed at Kagoshima (1549)
  • Freed American slaves establish Liberia on the West African coast through the American Colonization Society (1824)
  • Agnes Prest of Exeter, England martyred for her faith by being burned at the stake (1531)
  • National black convention meets in Buffalo, New York (1843)
  • In China, the Empress and some of her family, the court, and retainers flee while foreign troops move through Peking in an attempt to put down the Boxer Rebellion (1900)
  • India gains independence from Great Britain, remains a dominion until 1950 (1947)
  • Woodstock opens (1969)

August 16:

  • Second Great Awakening Revivalist Charles Finney died (1875)
  • IBM introduces software for artificial intelligence (1988)
  • Julian Assange, Wikileaks founder, is granted political asylum by Ecuador (2012)
  • US Civil War: Chickamauga campaign in Georgia (1863)
  • Indian chiefs from the Sioux & Onondaga tribes met to urge their people to renounce Christianity & return to their old Indian faith (1894)
  • 11th Olympic games closes in Berlin (1936)
  • Gold first discovered in Klondike, Alaska (1896)
  • Yorktown, Virginia founded (1691)
  • A solar flare from the Sun creates a geomagnetic storm that affects micro chips, leading to a halt of all trading on Toronto’s stock market (1989)
  • War of 1812: General Hull surrenders Detroit & Michigan territory to British forces (1812)
  • Britain’s Queen Victoria telegraphs US President James Buchanan (1858)
  • US ends occupation of Haiti (1934)

August 17:

  • East German border guards shot and killed 18 year old Peter Fechter while he was attempting to cross Berlin Wall into western sector (1962)
  • Scottish preacher John Witherspoon, signer of the Declaration of Independence, becomes president of Harvard (1768)
  • John White returns to Roanoke, NC to find no trace of colonists he had left there 3 years earlier (1590)
  • George Orwell publishes Animal Farm (1946)
  • Rudolf Hess becomes the last of Hitler’s henchmen to die when he is found strangled to death in Spandau Prison in Berlin at the age of 93, apparently the victim of suicide (1987)
  • Korean War: Korea is divided into North and South Korea along the 38th parallel (1945)
  • English Puritan Preacher Richard Mather first arrived in Boston (1635)
  • President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an “improper physical relationship” with White House intern Monica Lewinsky (1998)
  • Billy the Kid commits his first murder (1877)
  • Joe Pulitzer donated $1 million to Columbia University & begins Pulitzer Prizes (1903)
  • Robert Fulton’s steamboat Clermont begins first trip up Hudson River (1807)
  • Projection in Paris of the very first animated cartoon, Fantasmagorie realized by Émile Cohl (1908)
  • Solymon Merrick patents wrench (1835)
  • American Movement for Christian Unity which became Disciples of Christ denomination founded (1809)
  • Losantville, Ohio, now called Cincinnati, is founded (1788)

August 18:

  • 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote, is ratified (1920)
  • Mayor of Tokyo Yukio Ozaki presents Washington, D.C. with 2,000 cherry trees, which President Taft decides to plant near the Potomac River (1909)
  • US Revolutionary War: George Washington signs Jay Treaty with Great Britain (1795)
  • WW2: Battle of Britain becomes ‘The hardest day” as Luftwaffe attacks the RAF in largest ever air battle (1940)
  • First mail-order catalog issued by A M Ward (1872)
  • First commercial oral contraceptive, Enovid 10 debuts in Skokie Illinois (1960)
  • Helena, first Christian archeologist and mother or first Christian Roman Emperor Constantine, dies (328 AD)
  • Chinese evangelist John Sung, who led thousands to Christ in China, died at 43 years old (1944)
  • Meriwether Lewis, famous explorer of the US, is born (1774)
  • First US marine expedition (1838)
  • John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim’s Progress, preached his last sermon (1688)
  • American Society of Dental Surgeons founded in New York (1840)

August 19:

  • The Christian Union, a Pentecostal denomination now known as the Church of God, was founded in Monroe County, Tennessee (1886)
  • Indianapolis 500 race track opens (1909)
  • Roman General Andrew and 2,593 Romans soldiers he’d led to Christ were tortured and executed for their faith. None recanted. (302 AD)
  • WW2: Adolf Hitler becomes president of Germany (1934)
  • First electric taxis drive in London (1897)
  • Father Thomas Bilney burned at the stake for preaching, “the just shall live by faith”, and for distributing Bibles to laymen (1531)
  • New York Herald reports gold discovery in California (1849)
  • WW2: Over 4,000 Canadian & British soldiers killed, wounded or captured raiding Dieppe, France (1942)
  • ABC begins Saturday morning kid shows (1950)
  • The first All-American Soap Box Derby is held in Dayton, Ohio (1934)
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom ends, with the last of the United States brigade combat teams crossing the border to Kuwait (2010)
  • American frontier murderer and outlaw John Wesley Hardin is killed by an off-duty policeman in a saloon in El Paso, Texas (1895)
  • Benjamin Banneker writes a letter to the Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson using the United States Declaration of Independence to criticize Jefferson’s pro-slavery stance and to request justice for African Americans (1791)
  • Orville Wright is born in Dayton, Ohio (1871)

August 20:

  • New York Times sends first round the world telegram (1911)
  • Tchaikovsky‘s 1812 Overture opens in Moscow (1882)
  • Venus and Jupiter in conjunction – possible astrological explanation for Star of Bethlehem (2 AD)
  • First 20 known African Americans land at Jamestown Virginia (1619)
  • Alaska first sighted by Danish explorer Vitus Bering (1741)
  • US Civil War: President Andrew Johnson formally declares Civil War over (1866)
  • First US commercial radio station, 8MK-WWJ, Detroit begins daily broadcasting (1920)
  • Dial telephone patented (1896)
  • Sixty Anabaptists leaders met for the Synod of Martyrs to discuss how to evangelize Europe. Within five years, all but three were dead, most by persecution. (1527)
  • During the night 200,00 Warsaw Pact Soviet led troops begin to invade Czechoslovakia in response to the Prague Spring (1968)
  • First pilot to parachute from an aircraft (1913)
  • Viking 1 launched to orbit around Mars and make a soft landing (1975)
  • NASA launches Voyager 2 towards Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus & Neptune (1977)
  • The Church of God of All Nations Pentecostal denomination was formed out of the Church of God of Prophecy (1958)
  • The foundation of the Hungarian state (1000)
  • First Dutch East India Company ships return from the Far East (1597)

August 21:

  • First Lincoln-Douglas debate in Illinois (1858)
  • US Civil War: Lawrence, Kansas raid by William Quantrill and his raiders kill over 200 unarmed men and boys (1863)
  • Hawaii becomes 50th US state (1959)
  • Nat Turner leads unsuccessful slave revolt in Virginia (1831)
  • Oldsmobile begins operation as a General Motors Corp division (1897)
  • American Bar Association organizes (1858)
  • Theft of Mona Lisa discovered (1911)
  • American inventor William Seward Burroughs patents the adding machine (1888)
  • Democratic Convention opens in Chicago (1968)
  • Volcanic eruption Cameroon releases poison gas, killing 2,000 (1986)