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Death of Venerable Stephen the Myrrh-gusher. As king of Serbia, he had united Serbian groups and striven for the political independence of Serbia from the Byzantine Empire. In his old age he became an ascetic monk. His remains are supposed to have exuded the fragrant odor of myrrh.

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Death by drowning in the Mediterranean Sea of Jordan of Saxony, a noted Dominican preacher who had written a biography of St. Dominic and whose sermons moved Albertus Magnus to join the Dominican order. 

Authority for the date: The Legend of Blessed Jordan of Saxony, Second General of the Order of Preachers.


A national synod is convoked in Bohemia to discuss John Wycliffe’s teachings. Jan Hus, the chief exponent of Wycliffe’s teachings, is not present, having been exiled. The synod will adjourn without coming to agreement.

Authority for the date: Schaff, Philip. History of the Christian Church.


Death in Boston of Cotton Mather. A New England minister, he was a strong advocate of smallpox vaccination and a prolific author, but became notorious for his strong support of the Salem witch trials.

Authority for the date: Encyclopedia Britannica 


Death in Tanjore, India, of Christian F. Schwartz, “Apostle of India.”

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Devadasen [a.k.a. Nilakanda Subbiar] and three other Indian converts are ordained at the Nagercoil Church, the first ordinations of the Travancore Mission in India. Devadasen is of the Brahman caste and Brahmans will beat him severely for preaching the Christian faith.

Authority for the date: Satthianadhan and Murdoch, Sketches of India


Death in Santa Fe, New Mexico, of Jean Baptiste Lamy, the first archbishop of Santa Fe.

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Death in Krishnagiri, India, of pioneer Lutheran missionary Theodore Karl Naether, from bubonic plague.

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King George V receives Wilson Carlile—head of the Church Army—at Buckingham Palace, and expresses sympathy for the vagrants and criminals the Army is trying to reclaim. Carlile had founded the organization in 1882 and has worked with Church of England approval since 1883.

Authority for the date: New York Timesarchive.


The Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, organizes an Armed Services Commission to assist Lutheran chaplains.

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Death in Dundee, Scotland, of Minnie Cumming Watson, the first female missionary of the East Africa Scottish Mission. She had established a system of Christian schools for the Kikuyu people of Kenya.

Authority for the date: Dictionary of African Christian Biography.


Death of Ji Zhiwen, who had conducted a notable evangelistic work in China. He established the Bethel Evangelistic Band in Shanghai, followed by the Chinese Evangelization Society and an orphanage (also in Shanghai), and, when driven from mainland China, founded churches in Taiwan. He had extended his ministry to Southeast Asia, founding kindergartens, orphanages and day care centers, and had developed a Christian press before retiring to Los Angeles.

Authority for the date: Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity.


Vietnamese authorities arrest Father Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly for his calls for religious freedom. He has been arrested many times before. 

Authority for the date: Persecuted: the global assault on Christians.


Police raid a Baptist church service in Gomel, Belarus, and detain pastor Nikolai Varushin for trial for “holding an unauthorized religious service.”

Authority for the date: Persecuted: the global assault on Christians.

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