Today in History 11/14 – 11/20

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November 14:

  • Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship was incorporated in Chicago (1941)
  • Charles J. Guiteau put on trial for the assassination of US President Garfield (1881)
  • Albert Einstein presents his quantum theory of light (1908)
  • Power plant at Niagara Falls begins operation (1896)
  • WW1: Ottoman Empire religious leader Sheikh-ul-Islam declares an Islamic holy war urging his Muslim followers to take up arms against Britain, France, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro (1914)
  • Vietnam War: US government sends 90,000 soldiers to Vietnam (1965)
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville published (1851)
  • New York World reporter Nellie Bly, Elizabeth Cochrane, begins her attempt to surpass fictitious journey of Jules Verne’s Phileas Fogg by traveling around the world in under 80 days and succeeds, finishing the trip in 72 days, 6 hours (1889)
  • Yale University announces it is going co-educational (1968)
  • WW2: Nazis deprive German Jews of their citizenship (1935)

November 15:

  • US Revolutionary War: Articles of Confederation adopted by Continental Congress (1777)
  • The original Mayflower pilgrims, having lived in their American colony for six years, bought out their London investors for 1,800 pounds (1626)
  • NY General assembly permits Jews to omit phrase “upon the faith of a Christian” from abjuration oath (1727)
  • US sentences Soviet spy Rudolf Ivanovich Abel to 30 years & $3,000, subject of movie Bridge of Spies (1957)
  • First US congressional session in air-conditioned chambers (1937)
  • Creek Indians lose all their property in US (1827)
  • Christopher Columbus notes 1st recorded reference to tobacco (1492)
  • First stock ticker (1867)
  • UN bans nuclear arms (1961)
  • Vietnam War: 250,000 peacefully demonstrate in Washington DC against Vietnam War
  • A package from the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski begins smoking in the cargo hold of a flight from Chicago to Washington forcing the plane to make an emergency landing (1979)
  • A Russian court sentences author Fyodor Dostoevsky to death for his allegedly anti-government activities (1849)
  • Isaac Pitman introduces his shorthand system (1837)

November 16:

  • According to early Christian theologian Clement of Alexandria, Jesus was born (3 AD)
  • Armenians

    6,000 Armenian Christians massacred by Turks in Kurdistan (1894)

  • 6 Jesuit priests are killed by El Salvadorian troops (1989)
  • US Civil War: United States Christian Commission founded to assist chaplains (1861)
  • US Revolutionary War: British troops captured Fort Washington (1776)
  • Vietnam War: President Kennedy decides to increase military aid to South Vietnam without committing US combat troops (1961)
  • Roosevelt establishes diplomatic relations with USSR (1933)
  • Native Americans surrender to British in Indian War of Chief Pontiac (1764)
  • First colonial prison organized in Nantucket Massachusetts (1676)
  • First edition of New York Evening Post (1801)
  • Oklahoma becomes 46th US state (1907)
  • American Association for Advancement of Atheism forms (1925)
  • New York City’s Fifth Avenue opens for business (1824)

November 17:

  • In Toronto, Ellen Hebden experienced a Pentecostal baptism, followed soon after by her husband James. They started East End Mission which became a focal point for establishing Pentecostal holiness throughout Canada. (1906)
  • Gregory, bishop of Neocaesarea in the region of Pontus, modern Turkey, died. When he became bishop in 239, there were only seventeen Christians. When he died, there were only seventeen pagans. (270 AD)
  • US Congress held first session in Wash DC in uncompleted Capitol building (1800)
  • David Livingstone

    Missionary doctor David Livingstone becomes the first European to see Victoria Falls in what is now Zambia and Zimbabwe (1855)

  • US Civil War: Battle of Knoxville, Tennessee begins (1863)
  • Elizabeth I aged 25 ascends English throne upon death of her half sister Queen “Bloody” Mary (1558)
  • The Church of England adopts legislation enabling the appointment of female bishops (2014)
  • President Richard Nixon tells AP “…people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook” (1973)
  • Tornado hits Washington, D.C. (1927)
  • Snow storms in New England, hundreds die (1798)
  • Tchaikovsky’s Slavonic March made its premiere in Moscow (1876)
  • Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony premieres in St Petersburg (1888)
  • Notre Dame finally lost a football game after nearly 25 years (1928)

November 18:

  • Standard time zones forms by railroads in US & Canada (1883)
  • Susan B. Anthony is arrested for voting (1872)
  • Pennsylvania is first to restrict abortions after US Supreme Court gave states the right to do so (1989)
  • WW1: General Douglas Haig finally calls off 1st Battle of the Somme – over 1 million killed or wounded (1916)
  • In Jonestown, Guyana 918 members of Peoples Temple are murdered/commit suicide under leadership of cult leader Jim Jones (1978)
  • Mickey Mouse appears in Steamboat Willie (1928)
  • Main span of Golden Gate Bridge joined (1936)
  • Brooklyn toy-maker Morris Michton names teddy bear after US President Teddy Roosevelt (1902)
  • Bell Telephone introduces push button telephone (1963)
  • William Tell reputedly shoots apple off his son’s head (1307)
  • Antarctica sighted by US Navy Captain Nathaniel B Palmer (1820)
  • National Woman’s Christian Temperance Union organizes in Cleveland (1874)
  • Vietnam War: President Kennedy sends 18,000 military advisers to South Vietnam (1961)
  • Mark Twain publishes Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County (1865)
  • First newspaper Sunday color comic section published with first comic strip, Origin of a New Species (1894)
  • Apollo Theater in New York City opens (1920)
  • Dartford-Purfleet tunnel under River Thames opens (1963)
  • 30 women meet at Mrs Silas Lee’s home in Wiscasset, Maine to organize the Female Charitable Society, America’s first woman’s club (1805)
  • Pope Boniface VIII published “Unam Sanctam”, the first papal writing to decree that spiritual power took precedent over temporal power, and that subjection to the pope was necessary to salvation (1302)

November 19:

  • US Civil War: President Lincoln delivers his Gettysburg address (1863)
  • Lewis & Clark reach Pacific Ocean, first European Americans to cross continent (1805)
  • Julia Ward Howe wrote Battle Hymn of the Republic (1861)
  • WW2: Operation Uranus: Soviet offensive begins during Battle of Stalingrad, 1 million Russians soldiers aim to encircle the Red Army (1942)
  • Billy Sunday

    Prohibitionist Carrie Nation attempts to address Senate (1903)

  • Billy Sunday, famous baseball player turned fiery evangelist, was born (1862)
  • American inventor Frederick E Blaisdell patents the pencil (1895)
  • Mayflower reaches Cape Cod & explores the coast (1620)
  • Christopher Columbus discovers Puerto Rico (1493)
  • US General Eisenhower becomes supreme commander of NATO-Europe (1950)
  • US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee begins impeachment hearings against President Clinton (1998)
  • US President Reagan & Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet for first time (1985)

November 20:

  • Blind Fanny Crosby, author of over 8,000 hymns underwent a dramatic spiritual conversion (1850)
  • Swedish Pentecostal missionaries Daniel Berg and Adolf Vingren arrived in Brazil where they would establish the first Pentecostal church there (1910)
  • US Civil War: Confederate armies of Mississippi and Kentucky merge as Army of Tennessee under General Braxton Bragg (1862)
  • US Civil War: First national convention of Grand Army of Republic (1866)
  • English King Edmund martyred by Danes for refused to deny Christ (869 AD)
  • John Williams, missionary to South Pacific, was martyr and eaten by natives (1839)
  • US Civil War: Secession ordinance is filed by Kentucky’s Confederate government (1861)
  • In Switzerland, John Calvin established a theocratic government at Geneva (1541)
  • The first Presbyterian meeting house in England was established at Wandsworth, Surrey (1572)
  • Revolution broke out in Mexico,led by Francisco I Madero (1910)
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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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