This Week in History 10/25 – 10/31

HistoryThis Week in History

October 25:

  • Tappan sells first microwave oven (1955)
  • Chrysanthus and Daria were martyred when pagans stoned them for being Christians (283 AD)
  • Revolutionary War: Congress petitions English king to address grievances (1774)
  • John Adams marries Abigail Smith (1764)
  • John Steinbeck awarded Nobel Prize for Literature (1962)
  • Pablo Picasso born (1881)
  • Giovanni Cassini discovers Iapetus, satellite of Saturn (1671)
  • Postcards first used in USA (1870)
  • First Youth For Christ rally was held at Bryant’s Alliance Tabernacle in New York City (1941)
  • Emma Whittemore’s first Door of Hope opened to help girls on the streets of New York City (1890)
  • Apostolic Church of Pentecost of Canada was founded (1921)
  • Cabinet member guilty in Teapot Dome scandal (1929)
  • The U.N. seats the People’s Republic of China and expels Taiwan against US objections (1971)
  • United States invades Communist Grenada and overthrows government (1983)
  • Charge of Light Brigade – Battle of Balaclava, Crimean War (1854)
  • Emperor Charles V bans wooden buildings in Amsterdam (1521)

October 26:

  • Revolutionary War: Benjamin Franklin departed from America for France on a mission to seek French support for the American Revolution (1776)
  • Lead pencils first used (1492)
  • Revolutionary War: Minute Men organized in colonies (1774)
  • Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1881)
  • Mother Teresa founded Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India (1950)
  • Pentecostal Fellowship of North America was organized to promote unity among Pentecostals (1948)
  • Betty Ferreri is acquitted for killing abusive husband (1948)
  • Civil War: Union troops ambush & kill ‘Bloody’ Bill Anderson in Richmond, Michigan (1864)
  • Pinckney’s Treaty between Spain & US is signed, establishing southern boundary of US & giving Americans right to send goods down Mississippi (1795)
  • Erie Canal between Hudson River & Lake Erie opened (1825)
  • White terrorists kill several blacks in St Bernard Parish, Louisiana (1868)
  • Hamilton Smith patents rotary washing machine (1858)
  • International conference begins in Geneva aimed at improving medical conditions on battlefields leading to the founding of the Red Cross (1863)
  • Pony Express ends (1861)
  • Federalist Papers published calling for ratification of United States Constitution (1787)
  • Georgia Colony reverses itself & rules slavery is legal (1749)
  • Mobs attack Jewish community of Krakow (1407)

October 27:

  • The first complete New International Version (NIV) of the Bible was published by Zondervan (1978)
  • 20,000 women march in a suffrage parade in New York (1917)
  • The United States and Soviet Union step back from brink of nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962)
  • Two Quakers are executed in the Massachusetts Bay Colony for their religious beliefs (1659)
  • New York City subway opens (1904)
  • DuPont announces its new synthetic fiber will be called “nylon” (1938)
  • Michael Servetus was burned at the stake for refuting the doctrine of the Trinity. John Calvin was on the council that tried him. (1533)
  • President Teddy Roosevelt born (1858)
  • WW2: Chicago Daily Tribune editorialize there will not be war with Japan (1941)
  • Samuel Williams and the first U.S. astronomical expedition to record an eclipse of the sun observes the event at Penobscot Bay (1780)
  • The first Lithuanian Church in America was organized (1889)
  • William (Boss) Macy Tweed, Democratic leader of Tammany Hall, arrested after NY Times exposed his corruption (1871)
  • First published reference to Jazz (1916)

October 28:

  • Constantine defeated the army of Maxentius and became emperor of Rome after having a vision of the cross and, soon after that, became the first emperor to embrace Christianity (312 AD)
  • Statue of Liberty dedicated and celebrated by first ticker tape parade (1886)
  • At Nonantum, Massachusetts, John Eliot conducted the first Protestant worship service for the Natives of North America while delivering the first sermon preached to them in their native tongue. (1646)
  • Khrushchev orders withdrawal of missiles from Cuba ending Cuban Missile Crisis (1962)
  • Gateway Arch in Saint Louis, Missouri completed (1965)
  • Ernest Hemingway wins Nobel Prize for Literature (1961)
  • Volstead Act establishing prohibition passed by US Congress (1919)
  • Harvard University founded to train ministers (1636)
  • Flag of Israel adopted (1948)

October 29:

  • Great Depression: Black Tuesday Stock Market crashes (1929)
  • Osama bin Laden first admits direct responsibility for the September 11, 2001 attacks and threatens the US to try to influence the 2004 U.S. presidential election on Al Jazeera broadcast (2004)
  • Christian business man and first Nobel Prize winner Henry Dunant  founded the Red Cross. A year later, they drew up the Geneva Convention rules for treatment of prisoners of war. (1863)
  • Birth of Juji Nakada, Japanese Christian evangelist, who influenced Charles and Lettie Cowman to come to Japan where they incorporated the Oriental Missions Society. (1870)
  • President William McKinley’s assassin, Leon Czolgosz, is executed (1901)
  • Publishing companies Penguin and Random House merge to form the world’s largest publisher (2012)
  • Apostolic Christian Association, now known as International Pentecostal Church of Christ, was incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia (1919)
  • First time missionary Jim Elliot saw a Auca Indian in Ecuador from an airplane. Ten weeks later, he and four other missionaries were martyred by the same Indians. (1955)
  • Hurricane Sandy makes landfall in New Jersey resulting in 110 deaths and $50 billion in damage and forces the New York stock exchange to close (2012)
  • John Glenn becomes oldest person to go into space at 77 when Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off (1998)
  • Law bans discrimination of sex or marital status in credit application (1974)
  • Alaska highway completed (1942)
  • Record-breaking snowstorm in the northeastern United States leaves nearly 2 million residents without power for more than 36 hours (2011)
  • Sir Walter Scott Raleigh is beheaded for allegedly conspiring against James I of England (1618)
  • Colonel Nasser disbands Muslim Brotherhood (1954)
  • The international day of Cyrus the Great, king of Persia, who declared the first charter of human rights in the world also known as Cyrus Cylinder (529 BC)

October 30:

  • Wesley Chapel on John Street in New York City was first Methodist church to be dedicated in the American colonies (1768)
  • President John Adams is born (1735)
  • Orson Welles causes a nationwide panic with his broadcast of “War of the Worlds” by not letting his audience know it was a fictional broadcast (1938)
  • WW I: Ottoman Empire, now known as Turkey, signs an armistice with the Allies, agreeing to end hostilities at noon on 31 October (1918)
  • Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility is published anonymously (1811)
  • WW2: Benito Mussolini forms government in Italy (1922)
  • Martha Hughes Cannon of Utah becomes first female senator (1896)
  • 20 die & 6,000 made ill by smog in Donora, Pennsylvania (1948)
  • Daniel Cooper patents time clock (1894)
  • English Parliament passes Act of Supremacy making King Henry VIII head of the Church in England officially breaking ties with the Pope and starting the Anglican Church (1534)
  • Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to Lars Onsager for thermodynamics (1968)
  • Nobel prize for physics awarded to Luis Alvarez for the bubble chamber (1968)
  • Anne Frank is deported from Auschwitz to Belsen (1944)
  • Antioch surrenders to the Muslim forces under Rashidun Caliphate after the Battle of Iron bridge (637 AD)

October 31:

  • Ezra reads the Book of the Law to the Israelites in Jerusalem recorded in Nehemiah 9:1 (445 BC)
  • Martin Luther nailed 95 theses on a church door in Germany beginning the Protestant Reformation (1517)
  • Michelangelo Buonarroti finishes painting The Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican  (1541)
  • Spanish flu-virus kills 21,000 in US in one week (1918)
  • Iraq announces it would no longer cooperate with United Nations weapons inspectors (1998)
  • Roman Catholic Church and Lutheran Church leaders sign the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, ending a centuries-old doctrinal dispute over the nature of faith and salvation (1999)
  • Vietnam War: President Johnson orders a halt to all bombing of North Vietnam (1968)
  • WW2: Battle of Britain ends (1940)
  • WW2: Deadline for Warsaw Jews to move into Warsaw Ghetto (1940)
  • First US paved coast-to-coast highway, the Lincoln Highway, is dedicated (1913)
  • Mount Rushmore Monument is completed (1941)
  • WW1: Great Britain & France declare war on Ottoman Empire (1914)
  • Harry Houdini died when his appendix ruptured (1926)
  • The world population reaches 7 billion inhabitants according to the United Nations (2011)
  • Nevada becomes the 36th state (1864)
  • Clothing factory fire in Huddersfield, England kills 49 (1941)
  • French Revolution: Execution of Girondins at Paris during Reign of Terror (1793)
  • Great Depression: In an effort to try restore investor confidence, the New York Stock Exchange unveils a fifteen-point program aimed to upgrade protection for the investing public (1938)
  • Sir Humphrey Davy of London patents miner’s safety lamp (1815)
  • Arthur Conan Doyle publishes The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)
  • The New York stock exchange opens after being closed for two days after Hurricane Sandy (2012)
  • George Washington Doane was consecrated as America’s first Episcopal bishop (1832)
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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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