This Week in History 10/3 – 10/8

This Week in History

  • Washington proclaims first national Thanksgiving Day on November 26
  • SOS adopted as warning signal by first conference on wireless telegraphy (1906)
  • Reunification of East & West Germany. West German flag raised above Brandenburg Gate on the stroke of midnight (1990)
  • Lincoln designates last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day (1863)
  • Red Badge of Courage published (1895)
  • Federal income tax signed into law at 1% (1913)
  • Captain Kangaroo premieres on CBS-TV (1955)
  • Mickey Mouse Club premieres (1955)
  • Increase Mather published his Cases of Conscience Concerning Evil Spirits which effectively brought an end to the Salem Witch Trials (1692)
  • Author Edgar Allan Poe found delirious in a gutter in Baltimore, Maryland under mysterious circumstances, last time he is seen in public before his death (1849)
  • OJ Simpson acquitted of murder (1995)
  • Duke of Montrose issues a warrant for the arrest of Rob Roy MacGregor, a popular Scottish outlaw (1712)
  • Captain Cook anchors at Alaska (1778)
  • WW2: US forms parachute troops (1940)
  • Iraq gains full independence from Britain (1932)
  • WW2: 6 Paris synagogues bombed by Nazis (1941)
  • Bloomingdale’s department store in New York City opens (1872)
  • Thomas Gallaudet started the first church for the deaf in New York City (1852)

October 4:

  • Miles Coverdale finishes first complete English translation of the Bible (1535)
  • Russian Sputnik becomes first satellite in space (1957)
  • United Nations’ permanent NYC headquarters is dedicated (1949)
  • In Massachusetts, Plymouth Colony’s first law drafted (1636)
  • Christian Huygens patents pocket watch (1675)
  • First day of NYC subway when 350,000 people ride 9.1 mile tracks (1904)
  • Orient Express first run linking Turkey to Europe by rail (1883)
  • Paul VI became the first pope to visit the US when he made a speech at the UN exonerating the Jews of blame in the death of Christ (1965)
  • Edward Leveaux patents automatic player piano (1881)
  • Peter Stuyvesant establishes Americas first volunteer firemen (1648)
  • World Council of Churches forms under W Fisherman It Hooft (1948)
  • Leave It to Beaver debuts on CBS (1957)

October 5:

  • Jonathan Edwards

    Great Awakening preacher Jonathan Edwards is born (1703)

  • French Revolution: Christianity is disestablished in France (1793)
  • Harry Truman makes first Presidential address televised from White House (1947)
  • French Revolution: Women of Paris march to Versailles to confront Louis XVI about his refusal to promulgate the decrees on the abolition of feudalism, demand bread, and have the King and his court moved to Paris (1789)
  • Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Indians surrenders to U.S. General Nelson A. Miles in the Bear Paw mountains of Montana, declaring, “Hear me, my chiefs: My heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.” (1877)
  • Egyptian President Anwar Sadat assassinated by Islamic terrorists (1981)
  • Harry Emerson Fosdick dedicated Riverside Church in New York City (1933)
  • US War of 1812: Americans defeat British in Battle of Thames in Canada (1813)
  • Suffrage is extended to women in France (1944)
  • PBS becomes a US television network (1970)
  • Televangelist Jim Bakker was found guilty on 24 counts of mail and wire fraud (1989)
  • Spain declares war on England (1796)

October 6:

  • Yom Kippur War, 6 day war, begins as Syria & Egypt attack Israel (1973)
  • William Tyndale burned at the stake for translating the Bible into English (1536)
  • Dr. Albert Sabin

    Dr. Albert Sabin discovers oral polio vaccine (1956)

  • Jesse Overholtzer, founder of Child Evangelism Fellowship, died (1955)
  • First Mennonites in US arrived in Philadelphia (1683)
  • The Jazz Singer starring Al Jolson becomes the first movie with sound (1927)
  • US Revolutionary War: Yorktown is last battle of the war (1781)
  • WW2: Japanese execute 100 US POWs on Wake Island (1943)
  • Benjamin Hanks patents self-winding clock (1783)
  • Stalin proclaims USSR has atom bomb (1951)
  • First train robbery in US by Reno Brothers (1866)
  • Execution of the 13 Martyrs of Arad after the Hungarian war of independence (1849)

October 7:

  • U.S. invasion of Afghanistan starts (2001)
  • US Revolutionary War: Stamp Act Congress convenes in New York City (1765)
  • US Korean War: US forces invade Korea by crossing 38th parallel (1950)
  • Lottie Moon arrived in China as a missionary (1863)
  • WW2: The McCollum Memo proposes bringing the U.S. into the war in Europe by provoking the Japanese to attack the United States (1940)
  • Henry Ford institutes moving assembly line (1913)
  • Motion Picture Association of America adopts film rating system (1968)
  • American Bandstand debuts with Dick Clark (1952)
  • WW2: Uprising at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp  when Jews burn down crematoriums (1944)

October 8:

  • The first North American Congress on the Holy Spirit and World Evangelization opened in New Orleans, drawing 7,000 leaders from 40 denominations and stressing the part which the charismatic experience plays in evangelization (1986)
  • Sergeant York

    WW1: soldier Sergeant Alvin York single handedly kills 25, captures 132 Germans (1918)

  • Great Chicago Fire begins (1871)
  • US Revolutionary War: Officers decide to bar slaves & free blacks from Continental Army (1775)
  • Jerry McAuley, converted ex-con, opened Water Street Rescue Mission in New York City, the first rescue mission in the US (1871)
  • Soviet dissident author Alexander Isayevich Solzhenitsyn wins Nobel Prize for Literature (1970)
  • The epoch or origin of the modern Hebrew calendar (3761 BC)
  • Office of Homeland Security founded (2001)
  • Dow Jones starts reporting an average of selected industrial stocks (1896)
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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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