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Events in the Bible

(Using Ab and Elul or Bul as August)


(All dates are B.C. The years are according to Ussher’s chronology)


1005 B.C. "And in the eleventh year (of Solomon’s reign) in the month Bul, which is the eighth month was the house (of the Lord) finished throughout all the parts thereof and according to all the fashion of it. So was he (Solomon) seven years in building it," I Kings 6:38.  Solomon "began to build the temple in the 480th year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign," I Kings 6:1.


1  520 B.C. In the second year of King Darius’ reign the prophet Zechariah began to prophesy concerning the future of the Israelites: the rebuilding of the temple by Zerrubabel and the reinstatement of Joshua as High Priest, Zech. 1:1.  It is by him (as well as Ezra, Nehemiah, Jeremiah and Isaiah) that the name of our Lord, "Branch," was given.


15 975 B.C. Jeroboam, first king of the northern ten tribes (Israel), made an altar "which he devised of his own heart" and made an offering thereon.  A prophet of God foretold that a later king of Judah would destroy the false priests of that altar. (Josiah did so.) I Kings 12:26- 13:6.


Events in our Country during the War Years

1632 Locke, John, Baptized as an infant the 29th of August; died in August, 1704.  He was "in particular,.. the authority to whom the Patriots paid greatest deference," C. Ed. Merriam.


1752 Liberty Bell: Inscription cast in August in England by order of the Pennsylvania Assembly: "Proclaim liberty through all the land and to all the inhabitants thereof," Leviticus 25:10.  It got its name from being rung July 8,1776, at the first reading of the Declaration of Independence.  It cracked as it rang for the death of Chief Justice Marshall in 1835.


4   1781 Lafayette opposes the British in Virginia.


16 1777 Battle of Bennington, an American victory.  The familiar colonial flag with the circle of stars and the year "76" in the center was flown during this battle.


17 1780 Worst American defeat; occurred in Camden, N. Carolina.


18 1780 Gen. Tarleton surprises the British and defeats them (Br. Gen. Sumter).


23 1781 The Br. general, Cornwallis, entered Yorktown. (Getting near the end of the War!)


30 1776 Washington’s famous retreat from Long Island: trapped there by Gen. Howe, it appeared he and his troops would be taken captive.  Marshaling all the boats he could from the area his troops evacuated everything including the horses!  A fog came up in the early morning when they needed it for cover that enabled them to leave without Howe’s knowledge.  What a surprise Gen. Howe got that day!

Events in the Year of the Constitution

4   1787 First draft of the Constitution (for the use of the delegates) in the hands of the printer.


7   1787 Debate item by item of the 23 provisions in the draft begun.


17 1787 Item debated: should the power to declare war be vested in congress?


28 1787 Roger Sherman proposed that the Constitution prohibit the use of anything but gold and silver be used as legal tender.


30 1787 Statehood for the western lands (the exact extent of which was then unknown) debated as a future possibility.


31 1787 The convention delegates approved a motion to require that the Constitution be submitted to state ratifying conventions which were to be established " speedily as circumstances will permit." Ratification by 9 states was to be required for approval.

General Events

309 B.C. death of Socrates.


1497 A.D. The coast of North America explored by John and Sebastian Cabot.


1627 Tsung-Ching, the last sovereign of the Ming dynasty ascended the Chinese throne.


1755 The great earthquake at Lisbon, Portugal, the tidal waves of which were felt all the way to New York.


14 1929 The Graf Zeppelin made its round the world flight.


15 1914 The Panama Canal officially opened.


17 1807 Robert Fulton makes his first successful application of steam power to navigation in the steamboat Clermont.

17 1833 Bill passed by English Parliament abolishing slavery throughout the British Empire.


18 1587 First child born in America, Virginia Dare, on the Island of Roanoke, near Jamestown.


22 1864 Signing by 16 nations of the Geneva Convention.


27 1859 The first oil well comes into operation at Titusville, Pennsylvania; drilled to a depth of 69 feet by Colonel Drake. (This is true science! In that same year Darwin published his book, The Origin of Species, based on myth-making rather than on true science.)

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