This Week in History 1/3 – 1/9

HistoryThis Week in History

January 3:

  • A band of Russian Pentecostal Christians who being persecuted, led by Paul Vashchenko, overwhelmed the policeman at the gates of the American embassy and entered (1963)
  • 320 pastors of the German Confessing Church met to draw up a statement opposing the Nazi German Nationalist Church (1934)
  • Alaska admitted as 49th US state (1959)
  • March of Dimes established to fight polio (1938)
  • US Civil War: Delaware legislature rejects proposal to join Confederacy (1861)
  • Construction begins on Brooklyn Bridge in New York (1870)
  • Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Catholic Church (1521)
  • Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tests a flying machine (1496)
  • First patent list issued by US Patent Office (1872)
  • US Revolutionary War: General George Washington’s revolutionary army defeats British forces at Battle of Princeton, New Jersey (1977)
  • Stephen F. Austin receives a grant of land in Texas from the government of Mexico (1823)
  • First wax drinking straw patented by Marvin C Stone in Washington, D.C. (1888)
  • Solomon Northup is freed after 7 illegal years in slavery with aid of Washington Hunt, Governor of New York (1853)
  • First deep sea sounding (1840)

January 4:

  • Louis Braille, creator of Braille system of reading for the blind, was born (1809)
  • Nixon refuses to hand over tapes subpoenaed by Watergate Committee (1974)
  • Reich-bishop Müller issued a decree known as the “Muzzling Order” forbidding ministers to say anything in their sermons against the Nazi regime or teach against a superior Arian race. Although most churches complied, 320 ministers pledged support to the Confessing Church and stood against the Nazi regime. (1934)
  • Utah becomes 45th US state (1896)
  • The US Senate appointed Peter Marshall to be their chaplain (1947)
  • Ferdinand of Austria, younger brother to Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, issued the first secular mandate forbidding the Anabaptist religious movement (1524)
  • First elected Jewish governor, Moses Alexander, takes office in Idaho (1915)

January 5:

  • Eight Methodist leaders, including Great Awakening preacher George Whitfield, gathered in South Wales to hold the first Calvinist Methodist Conference (1743)
  • Davy Crockett arrives in Texas, just in time for the Alamo (1836)
  • George Washington Carver, innovator of farming and former slave, died (1943)
  • Anabaptist reformer Felix Manz was drowned in punishment for preaching adult baptism, the first Protestant in history to be martyred at the hands of other Protestants (1527)
  • Following her divorce, popular American evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson resigned her denominational ordination and returned her fellowship papers to the Assemblies of God (1922)
  • Sudden extreme cold kills thousands of Europeans (1709)
  • President Harry Truman labels his administration the “Fair Deal” (1949)
  • Eris, the largest known dwarf planet in the solar system, is discovered by the team of Michael E. Brown (2005)

January 6:

  • 3 Kings Day – the day celebrated as the day the wise men found Jesus (3 AD)
  • Last year the Church in Jerusalem observed the birth of Jesus on this date (548 AD)
  • Morse demonstrates the telegraph (1838)
  • New Mexico becomes 47th state (1912)
  • Mother Teresa arrives in Calcutta to begin a her work among India’s poorest and diseased people (1929)
  • Pan American Airlines becomes the first commercial airline to schedule a flight, known as Pacific Clipper, around the world (1942)
  • President Franklin Roosevelt’s “4 Freedoms” speech (freedom from speech, worship, want and fear) during US State of Union address (1941)
  • Washington National Cathedral is chartered by Congress (1893)
  • Theodore Roosevelt dies (1919)
  • Mountain man Jedediah Strong Smith is born (1798)
  • Schoolhouse Rock premieres on ABC-TV with Multiplication Rock (1973)
  • King Harald of England crowned (1066)
  • Charles H. Spurgeon was converted in a Methodist chapel (1850)
  • Thomas Edison submits his last patent application (1931)
  • Daily newspaper comic strip Superman debuts (1939)

January 7:

  • First presidential election is held (1798)
  • Isabella Thoburn, missionary and teacher to improvised women in India, arrived in India (1870)
  • Fire destroys Jamestown, Virginia (1608)
  • Galileo discovered four satellites of Jupiter with the aid of the newly invented telescope (1610)
  • Fannie Farmer publishes her first cookbook (1896)
  • Typewriter patented by Englishman Henry Mill (1740)
  • Buck Rogers, first sci-fi comic strip, premieres (1929)
  • Tarzan comic strip premieres (1929)

January 8:

  • Missionaries to Ecuador, Ed McCulley, Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, Pete Fleming, and Roger Youderian, were martyred by Aucu (1956)
  • Youth for Christ organizes (1945)
  • In London, the first soup kitchens were opened for the relief of the poor (1800)
  • US President George Washington delivers first state of the union address (1790)
  • African American men granted the right to vote in Washington, D.C. despite President Johnson’s veto (1867)
  • Crazy Horse and his warriors fight their last battle with the United States Cavalry at Wolf Mountain (1877)
  • Columbus World’s fair in Chicago destroyed by fire (1894)
  • Severinus, missionary to Austria, died (482 AD)

January 9:

  • Ed Martin, missionary to Japan and founder of a prison ministry, became born again in prison (1944)
  • US Supreme Court strikes down Dallas’ ordinance imposing strict zoning on sexually oriented businesses (1990)
  • Semi-automatic rifles adopted by US army (1936)
  • First hot-air balloon flight in the US lifts off in Philadelphia (1793)
  • The Great Gale of 1880 devastates parts of Oregon and Washington with high wind and heavy snow (1880)
  • St. Philip of Moscow, primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, was murdered by Czar Ivan IV – Ivan the Terrible (1569)
  • After 140 years of unofficial racial discrimination, the Mormons issued an official statement declaring that blacks were not yet to receive the priesthood “for reasons which we believe are known to God, but which He has not made fully known to man.” (1970)
  • Abigail Van Buren’s Dear Abby column first appears in newspapers (1956)
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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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