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“Faith Healers Arrested Two Charged with Choking to Death 5 Year Old Girl, Linden, Texas, Dec. 23, 1932. Despite a purported confession, officers to da...”

Brooks, D. M. The Necessity of Atheism. New York: Freethought Press Association, 1933.


Mary was like the Ark of the Covenant (1921)

On the way from Nazareth to Bethlehem lies Jerusalem, and we may be quite sure that a happy event for Mary and Joseph on...



Magnentius Hrabanus Maurus, who will become one of the most brilliant scholars of his era, is ordained a priest.

Authority for the date: Schaff, Philip. New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge.


Death of Thorlac Thorhallssohn, founder of Iceland’s first monastery.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Two hundred citizens of Basel assemble and present a petition, drawn up by the reformer Oecolampadius, for the suppression of the mass.

Authority for the date: Smith, Preserved. The Age of the Reformation.


Heinrich Bullinger accepts the pulpit of Zurich, vacated by the death of Zwingli in battle.

Authority for the date: Morgan, Robert J. On This Day. 1997.


Birth of Robert Barclay who becomes the most prominent theologian of the early Quaker church, author of Apology for the True Christian Religion.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Death of John Cotton, an eminent minister in colonial Massachusetts and “father of New England Congregationalism.”

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


In an Auto da fé (Act of faith) Inquisitor Cristóval Sánchez Calderón of Lima, Peru, burns Dona Ana de Castro alive, on the accusation of practicing a Jewish mourning ritual and other Jewish rituals that she did not consider in conflict with Christianity. The Inquisition also burns in effigy a Jesuit who had been suspected of practicing Quietism (a form of Christian mysticism tending toward passivity and annihilation of one's own will) and another Jesuit who may have been insane. They are burned in effigy because they had already died.

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Women of Hillsboro, Ohio, march to the places that serve liquor in town and by appeals and prayer shut most of them down. Within fifty days, saloons in two hundred and fifty Ohio cities will also be shut down.

Authority for the date: Graham, Frances W. and Georgeanna M. Gardenier. Two Decades.


Death of Sarah Grimké at West Newton, Massachusetts. She had been a sturdy opponent of slavery.

Authority for the date: “Grimké, Sarah Moore and Angelina Emily.”


Peru passes a law empowering Alcades (mayors) of provincial councils to solemnize marriages, thus enabling non-Catholics to wed.

Authority for the date: Moreno-Lacalle, Julian. "Peru." The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1911.


Edith Warner’s remains are laid to rest. She had been a missionary for thirty-three years in Niger and explored areas never before seen by a white person.

Authority for the date: Basden, G. T.  Edith Warner of the Niger. London: Seeley, Service & Co., 1927.

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