This Week in History 10/18 – 10/24

HistoryThis Week in History

October 18:

  • Women considered persons under Canadian law (1929)
  • Mason Dixon Line first drawn (1767)
  • Edison makes electricity available for household use (1878)
  • The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a Christian church in Jerusalem, is completely destroyed by the Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah who hacks the Church’s foundations down to bedrock (1009)
  • African Inland Missionaries landed in Kenya led by Peter Cameron Scott (1895)
  • First published African-American woman and poet Phillis Wheatley freed from slavery (1775)
  • American flag raised in Puerto Rico (1898)
  • US takes possession after buying Alaska from Russian for 7.2 million (1867)
  • Ferdinand and Isabella marry uniting Spain and leading to persecution and expulsion of Jews (1469)
  • Boston Shoemakers, first labor organization in America, is founded (1648)
  • Louis XIV revoked the 1598 Edict of Nantes which permitted French Protestants limited religious tolerance (1685)
  • WW2: Hitler ordered captured allied commandos to be killed (1942)
  • Birth of Matthew Henry who was known for his Bible commentaries that are still in print (1662)
  • Thomas Edison

    Thomas Edison dies at age 84 (1931)

  • Civil War: Battle of Charleston, West Virginia (1863)
  • Basel earthquake, the most significant historic seismological event north of the Alps, destroyed the town of Basel, Switzerland (1356)
  • West Side Story movie release (1961)
  • Walt Disney Jungle Book released (1967)

October 19:

  • Revolutionary War: Victory at Yorktown bringing war to an end (1781)
  • First 4 African-Americans elected to Congress (1870)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. arrested at Atlanta sit-in (1960)
  • Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, was born (1921)
  • Birth of George Abbot, archbishop of Canterbury who played a major part in translating the 1611 King James Version of the Bible (1562)
  • Death of Jacob Arminius, theologian who espoused Arminianism (1609)
  • Civil War: Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia (1864)
  • Saddam Hussain goes on trial in Baghdad for crimes against humanity (2005)
  • Birth of John Woolman, American Quaker reformer whose writing influenced abolitionist movement of 1800s (1720)
  • English revivalist George Whitefield arrived in Maine for his second visit to America (1744)
  • Editorial accuses Thomas Jefferson with having an affair with a slave. Later it proved to be true. (1796)

October 20:

  • Revolutionary War: George Washington declared a day of Thanksgiving to celebrate the end of the war (1781)
  • Birth of American lawyer Horatio Gates Spafford who, upon learning his wife and four daughters had drowned in a shipwreck, wrote It is Well With My Soul (1828)
  • All white federal jury convicts 7 in murder of 3 civil rights workers in Meridan Mississippi (1967)
  • First Middle Ages Crusade (1007)
  • WW2: Nuremberg Nazi war crime trials open (1945)

October 21:

  • President Harding

    President Harding makes speech publically condemning lynching in the deep South (1921)

  • William Penn was deposed as Governor of Pennsylvania after being charged with being a papist (1692)
  • Revolutionary War: First display of the word “Liberty” on a flag raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts in defiance of British rule in Colonial America (1774)
  • Women allowed to vote in France for the first time (1945)
  • First women admitted to Coast Guard Academy (1975)
  • Birth of American Baptist clergyman Samuel Francis Smith who wrote over 100 hymns (1808)
  • Florence Nightingale and a staff of 38 nurses were sent to the Crimean War (1854)
  • Vietnam War: Nearly 100,000 people gather to protest in Washington DC to protest the war when 50,000 try to invade the Pentagon (1967)
  • My Fair Lady movie release (1964)
  • In Paris, Can-Can was first performed (1858)
  • Guggenheim Museum opens in New York City (1959)

October 22:

  • Cuban Missile Crisis announced (1962)
  • Ringling Brothers Greatest Show on Earth buys Barnum & Bailey circus (1907)
  • College of New Jersey now known as Princeton was founded (1746)
  • William Miller, a Baptist preacher, predicted the return of Christ (1844)
  • James B. Rodgers, missionary to the Philippines, baptized his first Filipino converts to the Christian faith (1899)
  • The complete Jewish Torah was published in English for the first time (1952)
  • Panic of 1907 leads to depression (1907)
  • 3000 blacks demonstrate & riot in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1906)
  • Sam Houston becomes first elected president of the Republic of Texas (1836)
  • Henry Ford becomes president of Ford Motor Company (1906)
  • First ship sails Erie Canal (1819)
  • Sons of American Revolution organizes (1875)
  • Mobster Pretty Boy Floyd killed by FBI (1934)

October 23:

  • Bishop James Ussher, 17th century scholar, declared God created the world on this date at 9:00 am (4004 BC)
  • 25,000 women march in New York City demanding right to vote (1915)
  • Walt Disney’s Dumbo released (1941)
  • Delegates from eight states met in Nashville and organized the Southern Baptist Sunday School Union (1857)
  • Boethius, a Bible scholar and writer of The Consolation, was executed for defending the Trinity and the deity of Christ (524 BC)
  • Elizabeth Gaunt, a Christian who provided aid for a traitor, was the last woman burned alive in England for treason (1685)
  • First steam locomotive is introduced (1828)
  • In Roman Republic Civil Wars, Marc Antony defeats Brutus, and Brutus commits suicide (42 BC)
  • WW1: Unknown soldier selected (1921)

October 24:

  • “Bloody Friday” saw many of the world’s stock exchanges experienced the worst declines in their history with drops of around 10% in most indexes (2008)
  • Civil War: West Virginia seceded from Virginia (1861)
  • Robert Koch discovers germ that causes tuberculosis (1882)
  • Missionary Aimee Elizabeth Kennedy Semple, founder of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, married Harold Stewart McPherson (1911)
  • Levi P Morton, US ambasador to France, drives first rivet in Statue of Liberty (1881)
  • Mob in Los Angeles, California hang 18 Chinese (1871)
  • United Nations born (1945)
  • First New York subway opens (1904)
  • Margaret Ellen Towner became the first woman ordained in the Presbyterian Church (1956)
  • First barrel ride down Niagara Falls (1901)
  • George Washington Bridge linking New York City and New Jersey dedicated (1931)
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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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