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“I write this, my dear Mary, in a situation that would make your soul freeze with horror it is on the last projecting point of rock of the Land s End,...”

Hatfield, Edwin Francis. Poets of the Church. New York: Anson D. F. Randolph & Company, 1884.


Do not put off repentance (1822)

There is nothing more dangerous than to remain in a state of sin, even were it not longer than for a few moments, and th...



Death in Bohemia of John Ziska, a military genius. He dies of plague after defeating several armies that tried to suppress the Bohemian reformation begun by the martyr Jan Hus.

Authority for the date: New International Encyclopædia.


Leo X confers the title “Defender of the Faith” on England’s Henry VIII for his stand against Luther. After Henry’s break with Rome, Pope Paul III will revoke the title.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Death of Swiss reformer Ulrich Zwingli in the Battle of Kappel.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Dedication of New Jerusalem Church in Tranquebar, India.

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Death in Benham, Berkshire, England, of Thomas Stackhouse, biblical writer. His main work was a biblical history that addressed many objections by skeptics.

Authority for the date: Dictionary of National Biography.


Repose (death) of Leonid of Optina, a monastic leader who had introduced a controversial system of eldership to his monastery.

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Death of Archdeacon of the Yukon Hudson Stuck, an Episcopal priest who had explored in Alaska and climbed Denali (aka Mt. McKinley).

Authority for the date: Letter from Dr. Grafton Burke of Fort Yukon, Alaska.


The first session of the Second Vatican Council opens. It will transform the way the Catholic church relates to other Christian denominations.

Authority for the date: Hughes, Philip. A Short history of the Catholic Church. Burns & Oates Ltd., 1974.

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