Interviewing Multi-Published Author Lisa Lickel

by Tamera Lynn Kraft

Today, I’m interviewing Lisa Lickel. Lisa helped me a great deal with plot points and quilting info while I was writing Alice’s Notions. What was your favorite part of Alice’s Notions?

As a historian, I’m the nerdy one who adores and gets lost in research. I loved learning more about some of the things going on in the background of the government during the end of World War II and the start of the Cold War. Some of the facts we discovered about the setting, such as the DuPont factory, and how you worked so much pop culture into the events were thrilling. I suppose my favorite part of the story should be the quilts, but I really loved Alice and Rick’s adventures, getting themselves into and out of trouble.

You were a vast resource of information about quilting. Tell us a little about how you got started quilting and what you love about it.

Like you, I had a grandmother who was an inspiration to me. I would visit the farm while I was growing up, fascinated with the differences between city life and working farm life. She was a quilter, and showed me her methods. I have the first and last quilts she made. Piece in the summer and quilt in the winter was her wisdom. I love quilting because once I get the pieces planned and cut, I can sit and make squares while watching a movie or listening to the radio.

You are a multi-published author. Tell us a little about your newest book.

My newest book will be the upcoming release, Centrifugal Force, a sequel to Meander Scar, a romance about an older woman and younger man which won a Grace Award back in 2011. It took a long time for me to develop Centrifugal Force around an obituary I happened to see and cut out. I knew the man in the obituary was just like the main character in my story, but I wasn’t ready to write the story until about three years ago when my writer’s group helped me brainstorm. I spent a year on the manuscript with the help of the group and my crit partner. The story is about the main character from Meaner Scar, Ann Michel’s sister, Rachel. In Centrifugal Force, we learn how Rachel, the goody two-shoes, ended up raising a child as a single mom. When her daughter Maeve finally has her life together, superstar international academic Gervas Friedemann, Maeve’s father, shows up seeking a priceless artifact Rachel once took in revenge. It’s also the story of Gervas’s secret quest to find a cure for his oldest daughter’s genetic condition, which forces him to accept responsibility for a past he cannot change, but a future he’s desperate to save. Caveat: I wrote this book before Brexit. Centrifugal Force should release in September.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a sandwich story from my Love Is novella, Everything About You. This short romance, Post Production, is the story of how Danny and Shelly decide to follow through on their whirlwind love on the movie set. Danny’s business is going up in flames while Shelly wonders if she can give up her Hollywood life for the country. We know how it ends from Everything About You, but the fun is following on the journey while these two love-struck kids face reality without the camera and the option of splicing and editing.

Thanks for stopping by, Lisa. I appreciated all your help with Alice’s Notions.

It was fun working on the story with you!

Lisa Lickel is a Wisconsin author who loves books, collects dragons, and writes inspiring fiction. She also writes short stories, feature articles, and radio theater, and loves to encourage new authors through mentoring, speaking, and leading workshops. Lisa is a member of Women Fiction Writers Association, the Council for Wisconsin Writers, the Chicago Writer’s Association, and vice president/instructor for Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp and Writing Retreat, Inc. She is an avid book reviewer and blogger, and a freelance editor. Find more at ww.LisaLickel.com. Readers can find a current list of available books on her website, Goodreads, and her Amazon Author page.

 

Bio pic included

Cover to Meander Scar included

Amazon link to Meander Scar: https://www.amazon.com/Meander-Scar-Lisa-J-Lickel-ebook/dp/B0037Z6YM8

This Week in History 4/17-4/23

HistoryThis Week in History

April 17:

  • Apollo 13 arrives safely on Earth after oxygen tank explosion (1970)
  • US Civil War: Virginia secedes from the Union (1861)
  • 11,745 immigrants arrive at Ellis Island in New York (1897)
  • The Bay of Pigs invasion begins (1961)
  • Charles Henry Parkhurst, preacher who challenged Tammany Hall in New York City where police and organized crime were in cahoots, was born (1842)
  • Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating US Senator Robert F. Kennedy (1969)
  • Ford Mustang formally introduced (1964)
  • WW2: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany (1941)
  • Christopher Columbus signs contract with Spain to find Indies (1492)
  • Russia abandons all North American claims south of 54° 40’N (1824)
  • Geoffrey Chaucer tells the “Canterbury Tales” for the first time at the court of English King Richard II (1397)
  • Bayonne Decree by Napoleon I of France orders seizure of US ships (1808)
  • First US school for deaf in Hartford, Connecticut (1817)
  • Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures & Louis B Mayer Co merged to form Metro Goldwyn Mayer – MGM (1924)
  • Canada adopts its constitution (1982)

April 18:

  • US Revolutionary War: Paul Revere and William Dawes warn of British attack in what is now known as “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” (1775)
  • Us Revolutionary War: Fighting ceases in the American Revolution, eight years to the day since it began (1783)
  • Thousands of Chinese students continue to take to the streets in Beijing to protest against the government (1989)
  • US Civil War: Colonel Robert E. Lee turns down offer to command Union armies (1861)
  • WW2: James Doolittle bombs Tokyo & other Japanese cities (1942)
  • Great San Francisco Earthquake (1906)
  • Martin Luther would not recant his thesis at the Diet of Worms (1521)
  • Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier of Monaco (1956)
  • WW2: Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent Ernie Pyle was killed by Japanese machine-gun fire (1945)
  • WW1: US Secretary of State Warns Germany that the USA may break diplomatic relations unless torpedo attacks on unarmed ships stop (1916)
  • WW2: “Stars & Stripes” paper for US armed forces debuts (1941)
  • A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound is to be released from an insane asylum (1958)
  • Supreme Court rules states could make it a crime to possess or look at child pornography, even in one’s home (1990)
  • Mount Everest sees its deadliest day when 16 Nepali mountaineering guides are killed in an avalanche (2014)
  • The cornerstone of the current St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, is laid (1506)
  • First crossword puzzle book published (1924)

April 19:

  • American Revolutionary War: Revolution begins with the Battle of Lexington, the shot heard around the world (1775)
  • American Revolutionary War: New England militiamen begin the siege of Boston, hemming in the British army garrison (1775)
  • Oklahoma City bombing – a truck bomb at Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building kills 168 & injures 500 (1995)
  • First Boston Marathon (1897)
  • American Revolutionary War: John Adams secures Dutch Republic’s recognition of the United States as an independent government, and the Netherlands became first American embassy (1782)
  • American Revolutionary War: Paul Revere is captured by the British (1775)
  • Sally Ride announced as first woman astronaut (1982)
  • US Civil War: Lincoln orders blockade of Confederate ports (1861)
  • Reformers were first called Protestants (1529)
  • Supreme Court outlaws excluding people from juries because of gender (1994)
  • Connecticut finally approves Bill of Rights, 148 years late (1939)
  • British explorer Captain James Cook first sights Australia (1770)
  • Shirley Temple appears in her first movie, Stand Up & Cheer (1934)
  • General Douglas MacArthur ends his military career (1951)
  • Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba’s central committee after 45 years of holding the title (2011)

April 20:

  • At Columbine High School, two teenage gunman target Christian, killing 15 and wounding 23 (1999)
  • WW2: Germans Nazi troops massacred the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto (1943)
  • First known performance of Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth at the Globe Theatre (1611)
  • Birth of David Brainerd, missionary to the Stockbridge, Delaware and Susquehanna Indians (1718)
  • Klu Klx Klan Act authorizes President Grant to declare martial law, impose heavy penalties against terrorist organizations, and use military force to suppress the Ku Klux Klan (1871)
  • The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explodes, killing 11 and causing the rig to sink, causing a massive oil discharge into the Gulf of Mexico and an environmental diaster (2010)
  • WW2: Adolf Hitler is born (1889)
  • Marie & Pierre Curie isolate the radioactive element radium chloride (1902)
  • The first pasteurization test is completed by Frenchmen Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard (1862)
  • WW1: Manfred Von Richthofen, aka The Red Baron, shoots down his 79th and 80th victims marking his final victories before his death the following day (1918)
  • First detective story, Edgar Allen Poe’s Murders in Rue Morgue, published (1841)
  • US Revolutionary War: New York adopts new constitution as an independent state (1777)
  • Territory of Wisconsin created (1836)
  • Pope Gregory IX who instituted the Inquisition (1233)
  • Balfour Declaration recognized, makes Palestine a British Mandate (1920)
  • First check sent by radio facsimile transmission across Atlantic (1926)
  • Pope Eugenius IV issued the bull which asserted the superiority of the pope over the Councils (1441)
  • 136,000 mine workers strike in Ohio for pay increase (1894)

April 21:

  • Traditional date Christ was crucified (33 AD)
  • Thousands of Chinese crowd into Beijing’s Tiananmen Square cheering students demanding greater political and religious freedom (1989)
  • D.L. Moody was converted to Christianity (1855)
  • William Bradford become governor of Plymouth, Massachusetts (1621)
  • Birth of A. W. Tozer, Bible scholar and author of The Pursuit of God and The Root of Righteousness (1897)
  • Rome was founded by Remus and Romulus (753 B.C.)
  • John Adams sworn in as first US Vice President, 9 days before Washington (1789)
  • Spanish-American War: The U.S. Congress, on April 25, recognizes that a state of war exists between the United States and Spain as of this date (1898)
  • WW1: German fighter ace Baron Manfred Von Richthofen “The Red Baron”, shot down and killed over Vaux sur Somme in France (1918)
  • Fire at Ohio State Penitentiary kills 322 (1930)
  • FBI arrested Timothy McVeigh & charge him with Oklahoma City bombing (1995)
  • The Toleration Act was passed by the Maryland Assembly which protected Roman Catholics within the American colony against Protestant harassment (1649)
  • William III & Mary Stuart proclaimed King & Queen, duel monarchs, of England (1689)
  • Death of St. Anselm, Bible scholar, Christian philosopher, and apologist (1109)
  • The first discoveries of extrasolar planets are announced by astronomer Alexander Wolszczan (1994)
  • John Adams sworn in as first US Vice President nine days before Washington (1789)
  • Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train leaves Washington (1865)
  • Mark Twain died (1910)
  • First Lady Lucy Hayes begins egg rolling contest on White House lawn (1878)
  • Elvis Presley’s 1st hit record, “Heartbreak Hotel”, becomes #1 (1956)

April 22:

  • Oklahoma land rush begins (1889)
  • “In God We Trust” first appears on US currency (1864)
  • WW1: First military use of poison gas, chlorine by Germany (1915)
  • US President Washington attends opening of Rickett’s, first circus in US (1793)
  • Spanish American War: US President McKinley orders blockade of Cuban harbors (1898)
  • More than $3.3 million is stolen from the First National Bank of Arizona in Tucson in the then largest US bank robbery in history (1981)
  • Spanish American War: Congress passes Volunteer Army Act calling for a Volunteer Cavalry (1898)
  • Pedro Alvarez Cabral discovers Brazil & claims it for Portugal (1500)
  • Holocaust Memorial Museum dedicated in Washington D.C. (1993)
  • 243 people are injured in pro-democracy protest in Nepal after Nepali security forces open fire on protesters against King Gyanendra (2006)
  • US President Richard Nixon dies (1994)

April 23:

  • Traditional date Christ rose from the dead on the first Easter (33 AD)
  • William Shakespeare dies (1616)
  • Democratic convention in Charleston SC divided over slavery (1860)
  • US Civil War: Robert E. Lee named commander of Virginia Confederate forces (1861)
  • King Brian Boru of Ireland defeats Viking forces at Battle of Clontarf, freeing Ireland from foreign control (1014)
  • Bishop Adalbert, first missionary to the Prussians, was murdered (997 AD)
  • AIDS-virus identified as HTLV-III (1984)
  • United Methodist Church forms (1968)

What Easter Means to Me

by Carole Brown

I’m sitting at my desk this early morning, typing and occasionally looking out the window. I see the beginnings of spring, with the earlymisty, sunrise morn free flowers, trees pregnant with a promised renewal of life, the sun rays strongly dissipating the heavy mists in the valleys. Reminders that Easter–Resurrection Day–is approaching. And I realize anew what an awesome celebration it truly is. 

  • First and foremost, our God is a true God that loves, faithful to do as He says, just, all knowing, and all powerful. How confident that encourages me to be!

  • Secondly, that such a God cared enough he sent his ONLY beloved son into the world for his creation: mankind. What a sacrifice! What a love! Unlike other so-called gods who demand and never give, our supreme God gave his best and only for us. How humble I feel to know he would, and did, do such a thing!

  • Thirdly, our God’s son is a LIVE Son. He’s not dead. Although, mankind killed him in a horribly, brutal crucifixion, he died to conquer death and the grave, that we might live through Him.  How wonderfully alive I feel because of that life-changing event. Forever more–through this life, even into death, I can have the assurance that I live now, and will live eventually with my God, my Savior and King! 

Thank you, God, for what you did for us, for your love and eternal life you’ve given! 

Happy Easter, my friends!

10 Things that Impact Me about Easter

by Tamera Lynn Kraft

There are a lot more than 10 things that impact me about the Easter story, but here are ten of them.

10. I’m amazed at how quickly the people turned against their Messiah. In Luke 19:36-38, they were shouting Hosannas and waving palms. In Luke 23:18-25, they were shouting crucify Him. But it also amazes me how I so quickly turn away at times.

9. I’m amazed that the disciples are arguing about who is the greatest, and the greatest one of all, the Son of God, washes their feet. I’m also amazed at how much I try to promote myself when One greater than me lives inside of me. John 13:1-20

8. I’m amazed that Jesus knew Judas would betray him, yet He still washed his feet and shared a meal with him. Jesus also died on the cross for me knowing how many times I would betray Him. John 21:21-30

7. I’m amazed that Jesus weeps over Jerusalem when He knows they will murder Him and reject Him as their Messiah. How many times do we weep over the lost? Luke 19:41-44

6. I’m amazed at how one moment Peter is willing to die for Jesus, but the next, he’s denying Him. The saddest part of this story is Luke 22: 61 “The Lord turned and looked at Peter.” Imagine being Peter and knowing the Lord saw you deny Him, that He was standing right there. He sees when we deny Him too. He’s standing right there. Luke 22:54-62

5. I’m amazed that the soldiers could bring themselves to arrest Jesus after He declared Himself I AM, and they fell down under His power. Then after Peter cuts off Malchus’ ear, Jesus heals it. How did they bring themselves to do it? John 18:1-11

4. I’m amazed that Jesus carried His own cross after being beaten to a pulp and that He was willing to do that for me. How can I refuse to carry my cross after knowing that? John 19:1-17

3. I’m amazed by what Jesus suffered to reconcile me to God. John 19:16-24. My only reasonable response to that is to surrender everything to Him. Romans 12: 1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”

2. I’m amazed at how gently Jesus dealt with Peter’s denial. First He tell Mary at the tomb to go tell the disciples and Peter He’s alive. I believe He singles Peter out because Peter no longer feels like he’s worthy to be called Jesus’ disciple. Then Jesus cooks fish with Peter, deals with His sin with probing questions, and reinstates him. I’m also amazed at how gently and thoroughly Jesus deals with my sin. Mark 16:7, John 21:15-22

1. I’m amazed at Jesus’ Resurrection power. He took death captive when He rose from the grave and proved He is I AM. Matthew 28

I am amazed by one more thing. I’m amazed at how much He loves me.

Easter Fiction – Resurrection of Hope

There are lots of great Christmas stories out there for Christian readers, but Easter sometimes gets places on the sidelines. If you ask what great Easter fiction someone has recently read, she might scratch her head and try to come up with some Biblical titles, but there is some great Christian stories surrounding Easter if you know where to look. One story set at Easter time with an Easter theme is Resurrection of Hope.

Resurrection of Hope

by Tamera Lynn Kraft

She thought he was her knight in shining armor, but will a marriage of convenience prove her wrong?

After Vivian’s fiancé dies in the Great War, she thinks her life is over. But Henry, her fiancé’s best friend, comes to the rescue offering a marriage of convenience. He claims he promised his friend he would take care of her. She grows to love him, but she knows it will never work because he never shows any love for her.

Henry adores Vivian and has pledged to take care of her, but he won’t risk their friendship by letting her know. She’s still in love with the man who died in the Great War. He won’t risk heartache by revealing his true emotions

Alice’s Notions Facebook Launch Party

by Tamera Lynn Kraft

Help me celebrate the release of my new novel, Alice’s Notions, by coming to my online Facebook party today. You can join the fun at this link.

Here are some of the great prizes I’m giving away at the party:

200 4X4 cm of cotton squares for crafting, quilting, and scrapbooking

 

 

 

Big Band Music

This 1940s style necklace

 

 

 

 

 

And of course a copy of Alice’s Notions

This Week in History 4/10 – 4/16

by Tamera Lynn Kraft

This Week in History:

April 10:

  • WW2: U.S. Armed forces liberated the prison camp at Buchenwald, Germany where nearly 57,000 prisoners, mostly Jews, perished in the gas chambers (1945)
  • US Civil War: General Order #9, thanking the troops and releasing them from service, was issued by General Lee to the troops of Northern Virginia after their surrender at Appomattox (1865)
  • Dr Jonas Salk successfully tests Polio vaccine (1955)
  • US, USSR & 70 other nations agree to ban biological weapons (1972)
  • US Congress increases number of Supreme Court judges from 7 to 9 (1869)
  • RMS Titanic sets sail from Southampton for her maiden and final voyage (1912)
  • WW2: Austria becomes a state of Germany by popular vote (1938)
  • US Revolutionary War: Commander John Paul Jones aboard the USS Ranger set sail to begin raids on British warships (1775)
  • The first law regulating copyright is issued in Great Britain (1710)
  • US Patent system forms (1790)
  • “Big Ben”, a 13.76 tonne bell, is recast in the Tower of Westminster (1858)
  • The Good Friday/Belfast Agreement for Northern Ireland is signed by the British and Irish governments (1998)
  • Safety pin patented by Walter Hunt (1849)
  • The Gift of the Magi is published (1906)
  • The Great Gatsby” by F Scott Fitzgerald is published (1925)
  • Richard Allen was elected the first bishop of the newly-created African Methodist Episcopal Church and the first black bishop in the US (1816)
  • In New Orleans, torture chamber where slaves are routinely brutalized by Delphine LaLaurie is found after a fire set by a slave (1834)
  • American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (1866)
  • WW2: Adolf Eichmann tried as a war criminal in Israel (1961)
  • First Jewish ghetto established when Venice compels Jews to live in a specific area (1516)
  • New York makes syphilis test mandatory in order to get a marriage license (1938)
  • Henry H. Halley, the author of the handbook, was born (1874)
  • New York Tribune begins publishing under editor Horace Greeley (1841)
  • More than 1,000 buildings damaged by fire in Pittsburgh (1845)

April 11:

  • US Revolutionary War: Hostilities formally cease (1783)
  • The Apple I computer, created by Steve Wozniak, is released (1976)
  • David Zeisberger, Moravian missionary to Native Americans in Schoenbrunn and Gnaddenhuteen was born (1721)
  • George Mueller opened his famous orphanage on Wilson Street in Bristol (1836)
  • Ellis Island, New York, designated as an immigration station (1890)
  • US Civil War: Abraham Lincoln urges a spirit of generous conciliation during reconstruction (1865)
  • US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs 1968 Civil Rights Act (1968)
  • William III & Mary II crowned as joint rulers of Britain (1689)
  • US Navy’s first submarine made its debut (1900)
  • Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, who murdered 300,000 of his people, was overthrown and escaped the country (1979)
  • Apollo 13 launched to Moon; unable to land, returns in 6 days (1970)
  • President McKinley asks for Spanish-American War declaration (1898)
  • 450 prisoners rioted at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio on Easter Sunday and continued to do so for ten days (1993)
  • US President Harry Truman fires General Douglas MacArthur (1951)
  • The foundation stone of the new St. Peter’s Basilica was laid (1506)
  • Napoleon abdicates unconditionally and is exiled to Elba (1814)
  • The Full Gospel Fellowship of Churches and Ministers International, formed in Dallas in 1962, changed its name to Christ for the Nations (1967)
  • The last execution for witchcraft in Germany takes place (1775)
  • Birth of Marcus Dods, Scottish clergyman and biblical scholar (1834)
  • The Shogunate is abolished in Japan (1868)

April 12:

  • Assemblies of God denomination founded (1914)
  • US Civil War: War begins when Fort Sumter is fired upon (1861)
  • US Civil War: James Andrews and his team steal The General, a Confederate train, at Kennesaw, Georgia (1862)
  • Watchman Nee, Chinese preacher, sentenced to 15 years in prison in which he was tortured and suffered brainwashing techniques, for preaching the Gospel. Twenty years later, he died in prison without once renouncing the Gospel. (1952)
  • WW2: Germany prohibits publishing “not-Arian” writers (1935)
  • Texan envoys sign Treaty of Annexation with the United States (1844)
  • North Carolina legislature passes anti-Klan Law (1869)
  • WW2: Vichy-France’s head of government Admiral Dalarn consults with Hitler (1941)
  • US Revolutionary War: Townsend Acts repealed (1770)
  • Galileo is convicted of heresy (1633)
  • Thomas Jefferson is born (1743)
  • US President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies in office (1945)
  • First US colonists on Pacific coast arrive at Cape Disappointment, Washington (1811)
  • US Olympic Committee endorses a boycott of the Moscow Olympic games (1980)
  • Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first person to orbit Earth (1961)
  • Sir Frank Whittle ground-tests the first jet engine designed to power an aircraft at Rugby, England (1937)
  • WW2: Canadian troops liberate Nazi concentration camp Westerbork, Netherlands (1945)
  • The armies of the Fourth Crusade captured Constantinople and established the Latin Empire (1204)
  • The US Congress passes the Foraker Act, establishing Puerto Rico as an unincorporated territory (1900)
  • The Church Missionary Society was organized in London (1799)

April 13:

  • US Civil War: After 34 hours of bombardment, Fort Sumter surrenders to Confederates (1861)
  • Apollo 13 announces “Houston, we’ve got a problem!” as Beech-built oxygen tank explodes en route to Moon (1970)
  • US Civil War: Sherman’s march through Georgia begins (1864)
  • Handel’s Messiah premieres in Dublin (1742)
  • The US House of Representatives votes to institute direct elections of senators to Congress (1911)
  • South Carolina rejects black suffrage (1944)
  • US boycotts Summer Olympics in Moscow (1980)
  • Edict of Nantes grants political rights to French Huguenots (1598)
  • Due to lack of funds, Saturday mail delivery in US is temporarily halted (1957)
  • Paul the Deacon, scholar and author of The History of Rome, died (799 AD)
  • King Henry of France issued the Edict of Nantes, legally recognizing the Protestants and providing them religious liberties (1598)
  • William Henry Lane, Juda, perfects tap dance (1808)
  • Best view of Halley’s Comet in 2000 years (837 AD)
  • Royal Flying Corps, RAF, forms (1912)
  • Steam power brake patented by George Westinghouse (1869)
  • First elephant arrives in US from India (1796)
  • FDR dedicates Jefferson Memorial (1943)
  • First Pony Express reaches Sacramento, California (1860)
  • J C Penney opens his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming (1902)
  • US prospector Alfred Packer convicted of manslaughter though accused of cannibalism (1883)
  • Pope Nicholas II decreed that future popes could be elected by cardinals only (1059)

April 14:

  • President Abraham Lincoln is shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater (1865)
  • Black evangelist William J. Seymour started services on Azusa street which flamed into the Azusa Street Revival that swept the nation (1914)
  • Jewish zealots committed mass suicide within the fortress of Masada on this last night before the walls were breached by the attacking Roman Tenth Legion (73 AD)
  • U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward and his family are attacked in his home by Lewis Powell (1865)
  • The Human Genome Project is completed with 99% of the human genome sequenced to an accuracy of 99.99% (2003)
  • US Medical Corp forms (1818)
  • Black Sunday: The worst sandstorm ravages US midwest, creating the “Dust Bowl” (1935)
  • Dr Harry Plotz discovers vaccine against typhoid (1903)
  • RMS Titanic hits an iceberg at 11.40pm off Newfoundland (1912)
  • First Space Shuttle, Columbia 1, returns to Earth (1981)
  • US Secret Service created to fight counterfeiting (1865)
  • Congress forms Territory of Wisconsin (1836)
  • Noah Webster copyrights First American Dictionary (1828)
  • First public showing of Thomas Edison’s kinetoscope – moving pictures (1894)
  • First abolitionist society founded in Philadelphia (1775)
  • William Bullock patents continuous-roll printing press (1863)
  • President Taft begins tradition of throwing out ball on opening day (1910)
  • Four Dead in Five Seconds Gunfight erupts in El Paso, Texas (1881)
  • Word “telescope” is first used (1611)
  • Russian Archpriest Avvakum was martyred (1682)

April 15:

  • President Lincoln dies (1865)
  • Jackie Robinson becomes first black man on a major league baseball team (1947)
  • The Titanic sinks as evangelist John Harper warns fellow passengers to get right with God (1912)
  • First telephone installed: Boston-Somerville in Massachusetts (1877)
  • Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance artist, was born in Vinci, Italy (1452)
  • Corrie Ten Boom was born (1897)
  • In deciding the legal case “Watson v. Jones,” the U.S. Supreme Court declared that a member of a religious organization may not appeal to secular courts against a decision made by a church tribunal within the area of its competence (1872)
  • During the Boston Marathon bombings, 3 people are killed and 183 injured after two explosions near the finish line (2013)
  • Meteorite explode above Indonesia (1988)
  • First modern Olympic games close in Athens, Greece (1896)
  • Leonhard Euler, mathematician and Christian apologist, was born in Switzerland (1707)
  • Guy Carawan sings “We Shall Overcome” to a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Raleigh – popularising the song as a protest anthem (1960)
  • Samuel Johnson’s “A Dictionary of the English Language” published in London (1755)

April 16:

  • Manifesto of religious tolerance issued in Russia by Tsar Nicholas II stopped persecution of evangelical Christians in Russia for a short time (1905)
  • WW2: Red Army begins Battle of Berlin (1945)
  • Virginia Tech massacre, the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history (2007)
  • Birth of Grace Livingstone Hill, prolific Christian author (1865)
  • Martin Luther arrived at the Diet of Worms where he would defend his “Ninety-Five Theses” and refuse to recant ‘unless overcome by Scripture’ (1521)
  • Masada, a Jewish fortress, falls to the Romans after several months of siege, ending the Jewish Revolt (73 AD)
  • US Civil War: US president Lincoln outlaws business with confederate states (1861)
  • Birth of Merrill C. Tenney, American New Testament scholar and dean of Wheaton College Graduate School in Illinois from 1947-71 (1904)
  • Vladimir Lenin issues his radical “April Theses” calling for Soviets to take power during Russian Revolution (1917)
  • Queen Anne of England knights Isaac Newton at Trinity College, Cambridge (1705)
  • Annie Oakley sets women’s record by breaking 100 clay targets in a row (1922)
  • A solar eclipse may have marked the return of Odysseus, legendary King of Ithaca, to his kingdom after the Trojan War (1178 BC)
  • The Treaty of Accession is signed in Athens admitting 10 new member states to the European Union (2003)