This Week in History 3/6 – 3/12

HistoryThis Week in History

March 6:

  • Missionary to India, Amy Carmichael committed her first of many kidnappings by sheltering a young girl dedicated to the Hindu gods and forced into prostitution (1901)
  • US Supreme Court rules Africans cannot be US citizens in the Dred Scott Decision (1857)
  • Battle of Alamo ends when 1,500-3,000 Mexicans overwhelm the Texans at the Alamo, killing 182-257 Texans including William Travis, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett (1836)
  • First US alternating current power plant starts in Massachusetts (1886)
  • Artist Michelangelo Buonarroti was born (1475)
  • Acetylaslicylic acid, known as Aspirin, patented by Felix Hoffmann at German company Bayer (1899)
  • After a meeting in Indianapolis, USA, a group forms the Social Democratic Party, later becoming the Socialist Party (1900)
  • Silly Putty invented (1950)
  • Dmitri Mendeleev presents the first periodic table of the elements to the Russian Chemical Society (1869)
  • Stalin’s daughter Svetlana Allilujeva asks for political asylum in US (1967)
  • In Germany, the Edict of Restitution ordered that all church property secularized since 1552 be restored to the Roman Catholic Church (1629)
  • The trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, alleged Soviet spies, begins (1951)
  • Illinois passes first state vaccination legislation in US (1810)
  • Magellan discovers Guam (1521)
  • Edgar Allen Poe removed from West Point military academy (1831)
  • Cassius Clay joins the Nation of Islam and is renamed Muhammad Ali (1964)

March 7:

  • Christians Perpetua and Felicitas were martyred by being thrown to wild beast as they joyfully praised God and encouraged other believers (202 AD)
  • Ohio Territory militiamen began a two-day massacre of the Moravian Indian town of Gnadenhutten killing 96 Christian Delaware Native Americans in retaliation for Indian raids made elsewhere (1782)
  • Alexander Graham Bell patents telephone (1876)
  • Alabama state troopers & 600 black protesters clash in Selma (1965)
  • Cincinnati Mayor Mark Breith stood before city council & announces that, “women are not physically fit to operate automobiles” (1908)
  • Roman Emperor Constantine I decrees that the dies Solis Invicti, sun-day, is the day of rest in the Empire (321 AD)
  • Colonial preacher Anne Hutchinson and nineteen other exiles from the Massachusetts Bay Colony settled in Rhode Island (1638)
  • Russian February Revolution breaks out [OS=Feb 24] with strike at Putilov factory in Petrograd (1917)
  • WW2: Hitler breaks Treaty of Versailles, sends troops to Rhineland (1936)
  • Captain James Cook first sights Oregon coast at Yaquina Bay (1778)
  • First jazz record record released on a 78 (1917)
  • King Henry VIII’s divorce request is denied by the Pope; Henry then declares that he, not the Pope, is supreme head of England’s church (1530)
  • US Navy issues first permanent order assigning women on combat ship (1994)
  • Birth of Peter Cameron Scott, founder of the Africa Inland Mission (1867)
  • In Washington, D.C., the first Baptist church was organized with six charter members (1802)
  • Game of Monopoly invented (1933)

March 8:

  • Great Awakening revivalist Gilbert Tennent preached a sermon, The Danger of An Unconverted Ministry, refuting church leaders who opposed the Great Awakening and starting the New Light movement of knowing God more intimately (1740)
  • When the Communist Polish government banned public crosses, three thousand students protested, waving crucifixes in the air (1984)
  • Gnadenhutten Massacre – Ohio militia kills 90 Indians (1782)
  • The first case of Spanish flu occurs, the start of a devastating worldwide pandemic (1918)
  • Susan B. Anthony addresses the U.S. House Judiciary Committee arguing for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote (1884)
  • Russian Revolution, also known as February Revolution, begans (1917)
  • First flight of the Goodyear blimp (1972)
  • US Supreme Court rules in McCollum v. Board of Education that religious instruction in public schools is unconstitutional (1948)
  • Edwin Hubble photo shows as many galaxies as Milky Way has stars (1934)
  • The first meeting of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (1698)
  • New York Stock Exchange is founded (1817)
  • In The Spectator, English essayist Joseph Addison wrote: “To be an atheist requires an infinitely greater measure of faith than to receive all the great truths which atheism would deny.” (1711)
  • President Reagan first known use of term “Evil Empire” about the USSR in speech in Florida (1983)
  • Baroness Raymonde de Laroche of Paris becomes the 1st ever licensed female pilot (1910)
  • Malcolm X resigns from the Nation of Islam (1964)
  • Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 with 239 people loses contact and disappears, prompting the most expensive search effort in history (2014)

March 9:

  • 40 Roman soldiers refused to denounce Christ and marched naked into ice cold water to be martyred praying 40 would receive crowns of life. When one lost his nerve, a guard took his place and received Christ as his savior (320 AD)
  • WW1: Otterman Turks Interior Minister Talaat issued a directive to wipe out all Christian Armenians; one and a half million died in the next few months (1915)
  • WW2: 334 US B-29 Superfortresses attack Tokyo with 120,000 fire bombs in the single deadliest air raid of the war (1945)
  • Russian Bolshevik Party becomes the Communist Party (1918)
  • The first Barbie doll makes her debut at the American Toy Fair in New York City (1959)
  • WW2: Last Japanese soldier, a guerrilla operating in Philippines, surrenders, 29 years after World War II ended (1974)
  • First Ford Mustang produced (1964)
  • US Civil War: Ulysses S. Grant is appointed commander of Union Army (1894)
  • First female cadets accepted to West Point Military Academy (1976)
  • Phoebe Palmer Knapp, author of over 500 hymns, was born (1839)
  • The World Radio Missionary Fellowship was incorporated in Lima, Ohio which today broadcasts the Gospel in 15 languages to South America and Europe (1931)
  • Publication of the influential economics book The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith (1976)
  • Supreme Court issues NY Times vs Sullivan decision, public officials must prove malice to claim libel & recover damages (1964)
  • Marten Luther begins preaching his Invocavit Sermons in the German city of Wittenberg (1522)
  • Publication of the influential economics book “The Wealth of Nations” by Adam Smith (1776)
  • US Congress is called into special session by FDR, beginning its “100 days” (1933)

March 10:

  • Slave-ship Captain and author of Amazing Grace, John Newton, gave his life to Christ (1748)
  • First telephone call made, Alexander Graham Bell to Thomas Watson (1876)
  • US Senate approves amendment lowering voting age to 18 (1971)
  • Dante, author of Divine Comedy, was exiled out of Italy (1302)
  • Anabaptist leader Balthasar Hubmaier was martyred by being burned at the stake (1528)
  • Quaker William Penn received a charter from Charles II for the colonial American territory known today as the state of Pennsylvania (1681)
  • A group of Salvation Army members invaded New York City as “missionaries to America” (1880)
  • US Revolutionary War: USS Alliance under Captain Barry fights and wins last naval battle of US Revolutionary War off Cape Canaveral (1783)
  • Abraham Lincoln applies for a patent, only US president to do so, for a device to lift a boat over shoals and obstructions (1849)

March 11:

  • US army Corps of Engineers established (1779)
  • US Civil War: Confederate convention in Montgomery adopts constitution (1861)
  • Benjamin Banneker and Pierre Charles L’Enfant begin to lay out Washington, D.C. (1789)
  • Menachem Begin & Anwar Sadat sign peace treaty in Washington, D.C. (1982)
  • Muslims hold 130 hostages in Washington DC (1977)
  • WW2: First deportation train leaves Paris for Auschwitz Concentration Camp (1942)
  • Great blizzard of ’88 strikes northeastern US (1888)
  • 9.0 magnitude earthquake strikes 130 km east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people and causing the second worst nuclear accident in history (2011)
  • US War Dept creates the Bureau of Indian Affair (1824)
  • WW2: Hermann Goering officially creates German Air Force, the Luftwaffe (1935)
  • New York’s English Deputies approved a new legal code, which guaranteed all Protestants the right to practice their religious observances unhindered (1665)
  • US Civil War: Lincoln removes George McClellen as general-in-chief (1862)
  • Woman’s Medical College of Penn becomes first female medical school (1850)
  • A meteorite enters the earth’s atmosphere and explodes over New Martinsville, West Virginia (1897)
  • Ashes of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry are launched into space (1997)
  • Moscow becomes capital of revolutionary Russia (1918)
  • Felix Mendelssohn arranged to have Bach’s St. Matthew Passion played March 11, almost exactly a century from the date of its first, long-forgotten performance (1829)
  • Goths lay siege to Rome (537 AD)

March 12:

  • After years in exile, Jews finish rebuilding the temple of God (515 BC)
  • First record of Johann Gutenberg’s Bible, letter dated this day by Enea Silvio Piccolomini refers to the bible printed a year before (1455)
  • WW2: Nazi Germany invades Austria (1938)
  • US lowers voting age from 21 to 18 (1970)
  • US House joins Senate approving Hawaii statehood (1959)
  • New Jersey becomes an English colony (1664)
  • Girl Guides, now known as Girl Scouts, forms in Savannah, by Juliette Gordon Low (1912)
  • Coca-Cola is sold in bottles for the first time in Vicksburg, Mississippi (1894)
  • FDR conducts his first “fireside chat” (1933)
  • President Harry Truman introduces Truman-doctrine to fight communism (1947)
  • Congress accepts Pre-emption Bill: free land in West for colonists (1860)
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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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