This Week in History 10/11 – 10/17

HistoryThis Week in History

October 11:

  • Explorer Meriwether Lewis dies under mysterious circumstances at an inn called Grinder’s Stand in Tennessee (1809)
  • Slavery abolished in Maryland (1864)
  • Great Chicago Fire is finally extinguished after 3 days, 300 killed (1871)
  • Thomas Edison patents his first invention: electric voice machine (1868)
  • David Houston patents roll film for cameras (1881)
  • A Miles patents elevator (1887)
  • Daughters of American Revolution founded (1890)
  • WW1: Edith Cavell, an English nurse in Belgium, is executed by the Germans for aiding the escape of Allied prisoners (1915)
  • Chinese civil war begins (1945)

October 12:

  • US Navy forms (1775)
  • Columbus discovered America (1492)
  • Civil War: General Robert E. Lee died (1870)
  • President Grant condemns Ku Klux Klan (1871)
  • First use of Iron Lung at Boston Children’s Hospital (1928)
  • US Pledge of Allegiance first recited in public schools during Columbus Day (1892)
  • Summoned before Cardinal Thomas Cajetan, Martin Luther refused to recant the 95 theses he had posted on the chapel door at Wittenberg Castle. (1518)
  • USS Cole badly damaged in terrorist attack (2000)
  • First women’s medical school, Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, opens (1850)
  • President Theodore Roosevelt changes name of Executive Mansion to White House (1901)
  • America’s first insane asylum opens for ‘Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds’ in Virginia (1773)

October 13:

  • Washington lays cornerstone of Executive Mansion, now called White House (1792)
  • Greenwich established as universal time meridian of longitude (1884)
  • Revival of Hebrew language as Eliezer Ben-Yehuda & friends agree to use Hebrew exclusively in their conversations (1881)
  • Persian armies of Cyrus the Great captured Babylon (539 BC)
  • Nero become emperor of Rome (54 AD)
  • Jordan enters Yom Kippur War (1773)
  • In Virginia, slavery was banned for Negroes who arrived in the American colonies as Christians (1670)
  • Harvey starring Jimmy Stewart is released (1950)

October 14:

  • Massachusetts enacted a law against Quakers (1656)
  • John Wesley first set sail to America, to minister to the Indians (1735)
  • Yeager breaks sound barrier (1947)
  • Civil War: Battle of Bristoe Station in Virginia (1863)
  • Revolutionary War: The United Kingdom’s East India Company tea ships’ cargo are burned at Annapolis, Maryland (1773)
  • WW1: Adolf Hitler wounded (1918)
  • Robert the Bruce of Scotland defeats King Edward II of England at Byland, forcing Edward to accept Scotland’s independence (1322)

October 15:

  • Agnes Ozman

    Pentecostal evangelist Charles Fox Parham opened Bethel Bible Institute in Topeka, Kansas. Student Agnes Ozman became the first in that movement to speak in tongues. (1900)

  • Billy Graham begins his ministry (1949)
  • 11-year-old Grace Bedell writes to Lincoln, tells him to grow a beard (1860)
  • Edison Electric Light Company incorporated (1878)
  • Child labor law takes 12 year olds out of work force (1874)
  • WW1: Mata Hari is executed for spying for the Germans (1917)
  • Vietnam War: First draft card burned (1965)

October 16:

  • Civil War: John Brown leads raid on Harper’s Ferry intending to arm slaves (1859)
  • Cuban Missile Crisis begins when JFK becomes aware of missiles in Cuba (1962)
  • China becomes a nuclear power (1964)
  • Yale founded to fight growing liberalism of Harvard (1701)
  • The American colony of Maine passed legislation granting religious freedom to all its citizens (1649)
  • Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio founded (1923)
  • Nicholas Ridley and Hugh Latimer were martyred by being burned at the stake by order of Queen Mary of England (1555)
  • Welsh Revival Evangelist Daniel Rowland died (1790)
  • Lincoln speaks out against slavery (1854)
  • WW2: Alfred Rosenberg is executed as a war criminal (1946)
  • French Revolution: Marie Antoinette beheaded (1793)

October 17:

  • WW2: German occupiers issue identity cards (1940)
  • Ignatius, bishop of Antioch, was martyred by being thrown to wild beasts (107 AD)
  • Texas Rangers founded (1835)
  • Albert Einstein arrives in US, a refugee from Nazi Germany (1933)
  • Ohio national guard kills 3 lynchers while rescuing a black man (1894)
  • Revolutionary War: Americans win Battle of Saratoga (1777)
  • UN passes resolution saying “Zionism is a form of racism” (1975)
  • Church of the Holy Sepulcher Destroyed in Jerusalem destroyed by Muslims (1009)
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington starring Jimmy Stewart is released (1939)
  • Al Capone sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion (1931)
  • The United States population reaches 300 million (2006)
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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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