This Week in History 11/28 – 12/4

HistoryThis Week in History

November 28:

  • Thanksgiving was first observed as a regular American holiday observed annually on the fourth Thursday in November (1863)
  • John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim’s Promise, was born (1628)
  • Ku Klux Klan trials began in Federal District Court in South Carolina (1871)
  • The Treaty of Hopewell is signed between the Confederation Congress of the United States of America and the Cherokee people (1785)
  • WW2: Dutch law professor Rudolph Clevering arrested by Nazis for protesting dismissal of Jewish colleagues (1940)
  • National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America was formed (1950)
  • A Dallas grand jury delivers a murder indictment against Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow for the January 1933 killing of Tarrant County Deputy Malcolm Davis (1933)
  • Ferdinand Magellan begins crossing Pacific Ocean (1520)
  • 492 die in a fire that destroyed Coconut Grove nightclub in Boston (1942)
  • William Shakespeare marries Anne Hathaway (1582)

November 29:

  • WW2: Passenger ship Lurline sends radio signal of sighting Japanese war fleet (1941)
  • John Hopkins hospital performs first open heart surgery (1944)
  • WW2: US rations coffee (1942)
  • The first surgery on a human to correct blue baby syndrome is performed by Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas (1944)
  • Saturninus dragged to death by a bull for refusing to renounce Christ (257 AD)
  • In Connecticut, Lemuel Haynes become the first black minister licensed to preach by a predominantly white denomination (1780)
  • Sir James Jay invents invisible ink (1775)
  • John Ray, father of Natural Science who classified plant life, was born (1627)
  • Crew of the slave ship Zong murder approximately 142 African slaves by dumping them into the sea in order to claim insurance. (1781)
  • Sand Creek Massacre, Colorado militia kills about 150 peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians including Cheyenne chief One-Eye (1864)
  • Antioch in modern day Syria struck by Earthquake, about 250,000 die (526 AD)
  • The Massachusetts General Court issued a call for local pastors to learn the dialects of neighboring Indian tribes as an aid toward converting them to the Christian faith (1644)
  • UN Security Council approves US-sponsored resolution authorizing the use of force in the Persian Gulf if Iraq does not withdrawal from Kuwait by Jan. 15, 1991 (1990)
  • In Nagpur, India, six church bodies — the Anglicans, the United Church of Northern India, the Baptists, the Methodists, the Church of the Brethren and the Disciples of Christ — merged to form the Church of India (1970)
  • Actress Natalie Wood drowns (1981)

November 30:

  • US Revolutionary War: Britain signs agreement recognizing US independence (1782)
  • John Geddie, Canadian missionary, sailed for the island of Aneiteum in Polynesia. When he died, the people of Aneiteum made a tablet in his memory which said, “”When he landed in 1848, there were no Christians here, and when he left in 1872 there were no heathen.” (1848)
  • Spain cedes her claims to Louisiana Territory to France (1804)
  • Mark Twain was born as Samuel Clemens (1835)
  • Roman Catholicism was briefly restored to England under the reign of Mary Tudor “Bloody Mary” who had Thomas Cranmer, Hugh Latimer, Nicholas Ridley and nearly 300 other Protestant leaders burned at the stake (1554)
  • A German engineer patents front-wheel drive for automobiles (1900)
  • Beijing hit by Earthquake; about 100,000 die (1731)
  • 16,000 inhabitants of Venice died this month of plague (1630)

December 1:

  • WW2: Japanese emperor Hirohito signs declaration of war (1941)
  • Rosa Parks arrested for refusing to move to the back of bus and give her seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama (1955)
  • Titus Coan, Great Awakening preacher and missionary who established a mission church in Hawaii that grew to be the largest in the world, died after bringing 70% of the population to Christ (1882)
  • WW1: US requests that Germany withdraw its military and naval attaches from the Embassy in Washington (1915)
  • 12 nations sign treaty for scientific peaceful use of Antarctica (1959)
  • WW2: SS-Fuhrer Himmler begins deportation of Polish Jews (1939)
  • Boys Town founded by Father Edward Flanagan west of Omaha, Nebraska (1917)
  • The Great Train Robbery, the first Western film, released (1903)
  • Golden Gate Bridge closes due to high winds (1951)
  • Birth of Albert Barnes, American Presbyterian clergyman and Bible commentator (1798)
  • Erie Canal closes for entire month due to cold weather (1831)
  • Hans Christian Andersen publishes his first book of fairy tales (1835)
  • First White House telephone installed (1878)
  • Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for Bob Jones College (1909)

December 2:

  • Chanting “Allah is great”, anti-Shah protesters poured through Tehran, Iran (1978)
  • First permanent artificial heart successfully implanted (1982)
  • US President James Monroe declared the Monroe Doctrine US Policy which stated that further efforts by European nations to colonize land or interfere with states in North or South America would be viewed as acts of aggression requiring U.S. intervention (1823)
  • US President Polk declared Manifest Destiny which stated the US had a destiny to colonize and expand the West (1845)
  • US Civil War: John Brown hanged for raid on Harper’s Ferry (1859)
  • Crowds attack US embassy in Tripoli, Libya (1979)
  • Fidel Castro declares he’s a Marxist & will lead Cuba to Communism (1961)
  • Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado (1976)
  • World Missions Fellowship was founded as European Christian Orphanage and Mission Society in Canada (1946)
  • Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned emperor of France in Paris (1804)
  • Fred Astaire’s first film, Dancing Lady, was released (1933)
  • Child Emperor Pu Yi ascends the Chinese throne at the age of two (1908)

December 3:

  • George Smith announced the discovery of a flood story similar to Noah’s flood story from another historical source, Gilgamesh Epic (1872)
  • WW2: Birth of Mitsuo Fuchida, the pilot who flew the lead plane in Japan’s air attack on Pearl Harbor (1902)
  • US Revolutionary War: First official US flag raised aboard naval vessel USS Alfred (1775)
  • Oberlin College in Ohio, the first truly coeducational and biracial college, opens (1833)
  • Frederick Douglass publishes first issue of his newspaper North Star (1847)
  • Cassian and Marcellus Beheaded for Their Bold Stand for Christ (298 AD)
  • Paul White, missionary doctor known as “The Jungle Doctor” gave his life to Christ (1926)
  • Astronomer Anders Celsius takes measurements that confirm Newton’s theory that the earth was an ellipsoid rather than the previously accepted sphere (1736)
  • First human heart transplant performed by Dr Christian Barnard, South Africa (1967)
  • Civil War: First blacks on US trial jury appointed for Jefferson Davis trial (1868)
  • Illinois becomes 21st state (1818)
  • Police arrests 800 sit-in students at University of California at Berkeley (1964)

December 4:

  • 38 colonists from Berkeley Parish in England disembark in Virginia and give thanks to God, considered by many as the first Thanksgiving in the Americas (1619)
  • WW1: President Woodrow Wilson sails for Versailles Peace Conference in France, 1st President to travel outside US while in office (1918)
  • International Bible Society was founded in New York City (1809)
  • Birth of Mary Reed, American Methodist missionary who spent 52 years of her life ministering to the lepers of India (1854)
  • American Anti-Slavery Society formed by Arthur Tappan in Philadelphia (1833)
  • The ship the Mary Celeste discovered mysteriously abandoned by her crew in the Atlantic Ocean (1872)
  • Britain outlaws “suttee” in India – widow burning herself to death on her husband’s funeral pyre (1829)
  • Killer fogs begin in London, England; “Smog” becomes a word (1952)
  • The first edition of the Los Angeles Times is published (1881)
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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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