Today in History 2/6 – 2/12

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February 6:

  • US Revolutionary War: France recognizes USA, signs Treaty of Alliance in Paris; first US treaty (1778)
  • US Revolutionary War: Britain declares war on France (1778)
  • Massachusetts becomes 6th state to ratify constitution (1788)
  • Monopoly board game goes on sale for first time (1935)
  • Maximilian I proclaimed Holy Roman Emperor,though 1st Emperor in centuries not to be crowned by the Pope (1508)
  • Solidarity union leader Lech Wałęsa begins negotiating with Polish Communist government (1989)
  • WW2: German President Paul von Hindenburg and Franz von Papen end the Prussian parliament (1933)
  • No-smoking rules take effect in US federal buildings (1987)
  • The first Spanish Inquisition “Auto da fe” which means “Act of Faith” was held when six men and six women, who refused to repent of alleged backsliding, were burned at the stake (1481)
  • Radio commentator Paul Harvey arrested for trying to sneak into Argonne National Laboratory, a nuclear test site located 20 miles west of Chicago (1951)
  • First great train robbery by Dalton Gang (1891)
  • John Calvin preached his last sermon (1564)
  • Queen Elizabeth II succeeds King George VI to the British throne (1952)
  • The first minstrel show in the United States The Virginia Minstrels, opens (1843)
  • Station KFSG, Kall Four Square Gospel, went on the air and broadcast the services of Angelus Temple, the church founded by Aimee Semple Mc Pherson (1924)
  • Queen Elizabeth II marks the 60th anniversary of becoming British monarch, becoming only the second to do so (2012)
  • Queen Elizabeth II succeeds King George VI to the British throne (1952)
  • Singer Frank Sinatra debuts on radio’s Your Hit Parade (1943)

February 7:

  • WW2: German theologian Deitrich Bonhoeffer was sent to Buchenwald Concentration Camp for his part in the resistance to Nazis (1945)
  • 11th Amendment to US Constitution ratified affirming the power of states (1795)
  • WW2: Dr. Josef Mengele, the infamous Nazi doctor who performed medical experiments at the Auschwitz death camps, dies of a stroke while swimming in Brazil (1979)
  • John Deere, pioneer American blacksmith and manufacturer of agricultural equipment who founded Deere & Company, is born (1804)
  • Senator Joe McCarthy finds “communists” in US Department of State (1950)
  • Walt Disney’s 2nd feature-length movie, Pinocchio, premieres (1940)
  • Author Charles Dickens is born (1812)
  • 8.2 earthquake shakes New Madrid, Missouri, the largest earthquake in the United States (1812)
  • Earthquake causes tsunami in Mississippi (1812)
  • The Mud March was the first large procession organized by the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (1907)
  • Beatles arrive in New York (1964)
  • Cassius Clay converts to Islam and renames himself Muhammad Ali (1964)
  • Charlie Chaplin debuts The Tramp (1914)
  • Birth of Hannah Whitall Smith, American Quaker evangelist and devotional author (1832)
  • Harvey Samuel Firestone, founder Firestone Tire Company, dies (1938)

February 8:

  • According to The Handbook of Biblical Chronology, Paul left Malta to sail to Rome (58 AD)
  • Stars & Stripes, weekly US armed forces newspaper, first published (1918)
  • US Civil War: Confederate States of America organizes in Montgomery, Alabama (1861)
  • WW2: Lodtz, first large ghetto established by Nazis in Poland, opens (1940)
  • US Civil War: Martin Robison Delany become first black man appointed as a major in US Army (1865)
  • D. W. Griffith’s silent film “The Birth of a Nation” opens at Clune’s Auditorium in Los Angeles and depicts slavery and KKK as good – first 12-reel film in America (1915)
  • Isaac Newton reads first optics paper before Royal Society in London (1672)
  • WW2: Harry McAlpin becomes first black reporter accredited to White House,  (1944)
  • Under the Dawes Act, Indians living apart from tribe granted citizenship (1887)
  • Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio becomes Walt Disney Studios (1926)
  • The College of William and Mary was founded in Williamsburg, Virginia for the purpose of educating Anglican clergyman (1693)
  • Enforcement Act repealed making it easier to enact Jim Crow laws and disenfranchise blacks (1894)
  • The Boy Scouts of America is incorporated by William D. Boyce (1910)
  • Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc (1952)
  • As Roman troops surrounded the church in Alexandria, Egypt, Bishop Athanasius escaped for the third time (356 AD)
  • Peter the Great, emperor of Russia, dies and is succeeded by his wife, Catherine (1725)
  • Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake premieres in St Petersburg (1895)
  • Giordano Bruno, astronomer who was called a martyr for science, was condemned to death by the Vatican
  • Mary Queen of Scots beheaded (1587)
  • Paul Brown agrees to coach the new American football expansion team in Cleveland which would later be named the Cleveland Browns after their coach (1945)
  • Last edition of Saturday Evening Post (1969)
  • 1800 Unification church couples wed in Korea (1975)
  • The first execution by lethal gas in American history is carried out in Carson City, Nevada. when Tong Lee, head of a Chinese gang, is executed (1924)

February 9:

  • Apollonia of Alexandria, a Christian teenager threw herself in the fire a mob had build to martyr her when she was ordered to deny Christ (249 AD)
  • WW2: Japanese troops evacuate Guadalcanal, ends epic WWII battle on the Solomon Islands in the Pacific (1943)
  • US Civil War: Jefferson Davis & Alexander Stephens elected President & VP of the Confederate States of America  (1861)
  • US Civil War: Tennessee votes against secession (1861)
  • US Army establishes US National Weather Service (1870)
  • Puritan John Hooper was burned at the stake during Queen Mary’s reign (1555)
  • American Indian Society organizes (1822)
  • First federal legislation prohibiting narcotics is enacted against opium (1909)
  • WW2: Nazi collaborators destroy pro-Jewish café Alcazar in Amsterdam when Alcazar refused to hang “No Entry for Jews” signs in front of cafe (1941)
  • House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams sixth US president (1825)
  • WW2: Daylight Savings War Time goes into effect in US (1942)
  • First appearance of Beatles on Ed Sullivan Show (1964)

February 10:

  • Apostle Paul thought to have been shipwrecked at Malta (60 AD)
  • Joseph Lister, surgeon who discovers germs caused infections, died (1912)
  • The Church of England first authorized use of the 1885 English Revised Version of the Bible in Anglican liturgy and worship (1899)
  • USSR swaps spy Francis Gary Power to US for Rudolph Abel as depicted in movie Bridge of Spies (1962)
  • Tom & Jerry created by Hanna & Barbera debut by MGM (1940)
  • Glenn Miller awarded first ever gold record for selling one million copies of Chattanooga Choo Choo (1942)
  • President Eisenhower warns against US intervention in Vietnam (1955)
  • YWCA, Young Women’s Christian Association, forms in New York City (1870)
  • First US fire extinguisher patent granted to Alanson Crane, Virginia (1863)
  • Japan and Russia declare war (1904)
  • Author Laura Ingalls Wilder dies at age 90 (1957)
  • Shirley Temple dies at age 85 (2014)
  • Beginning of Mormon march to western US (1846)
  • New York Times begins using slogan “All the News That’s Fit to Print” (1897)
  • IBM computer Deep Blue becomes the first computer to win a game of chess against a reigning human chess champion, Gary Kasparov (1996)
  • Glenn Miller awarded first ever gold record for selling one million copies of Chattanooga Choo Choo (1942)

February 11:

  • WW2: US General Eisenhower selected to command the allied armies in Europe (1942)
  • Robert Fulton patents steamboat (1809)
  • US Civil War: US House unanimously passes resolution guaranteeing noninterference with slavery in any state (1861)
  • US Revolutionary War: Stamp Act declared unconstitutional in Virginia (1666)
  • Vatican City was established as the smallest nation in the world at 109 acres (1929)
  • Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus, heir to the Roman Emperorship, dies under mysterious circumstances in Rome clearing the way for Nero to become Emperor (55 AD)
  • Traditional date for the foundation of Japan by Emperor Jimmu (660 BC)
  • Society of Friends petitions Congress for abolition of slavery (1790)
  • First vision of the Virgin Mary to 14-year-old Bernadette of Lourdes, France (1858)
  • Archie comic book debuts (1942)
  • Henry Kissinger unveils Nixon Administration’s seven-point “Project Independence” plan to make the U.S. energy independent (1990)
  • Henry VIII recognized as supreme head of Church in England following the schism with Rome following his divorce and excommunication (1531)
  • Henry Kissinger unveils Nixon Administration’s seven-point “Project Independence” plan to make the U.S. energy independent (1974)
  • American Physiological Society organizes in Boston (1837)
  • In Lourdes, France, 14-year-old French peasant Bernadette Soubirous experienced her first vision of the Virgin Mary (1858)
  • Rev. Barbara C. Harris was consecrated in Boston as the first woman bishop in the Anglican Church (1989)
  • Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation from February 28, the first pope to resign since 1415 (2013)

February 12:

  • The Pentecostal awakening known as the “Latter Rain Movement” traces its origin to this date when students at the Sharon Orphanage and Schools in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada began experiencing a mass spiritual awakening (1948)
  • Abraham Lincoln is born in a log cabin in Kentucky (1809)
  • Dedication ceremony for the about to be constructed Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. (1914)
  • Vietnam War: First US POWs in North Vietnam released when 116 of 456 flown to Philippines (1973)
  • Presbyterian minister Henry Highland Garnet, ex-slave, became the first black man to address US Congress when he preached against slavery (1865)
  • WW2: German troops entered Austria (1938)
  • Creek Indian treaty signed when Tribal chiefs agree to turn over all their land in Georgia to the government & migrate west by Sept 1, 1826 (1825)
  • Georgia founded by James Oglethorpe at site of Savannah (1733)
  • First US fugitive slave law passed requiring return of escaped slaves (1793)
  • Cotton Mather, Puritan preacher who supported Salem Witch Trials, was born (1663)
  • Queen of England for nine days, Lady Jane Grey is executed for treason (1554)
  • Last Ch’ing Manchu emperor of China, Hsuan T’ung, abdicates (1912)
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About Tamera Kraft

Tamera Kraft has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She is also a writer and has curriculum published including Kid Konnection 5: Kids Entering the Presence of God published by Pathway Press. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

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