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“I soon perceived he was failing, and tenderly urged his return to town, where he could enjoy the quiet of home, and the benefit of medical advice. But...”

Stuart, Arabella W. Lives of the Three Mrs. Judsons. Miller, Orton & Mulligan, 1855.


The Church Wounds Its Own (1888)

You will be beaten in synagogues—Mark 13:9 (ESV). Beaten in church, by church members? It sounds very strange, but...



Pope Gregory VII bans Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV and all his adherents, deprives him of his kingdoms of Germany and Italy, forbids the faithful to obey him, and bestows the crown of Germany on Rudolf.

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


Death in the monastery of Fossanova of Thomas Aquinas, possibly the most famous Dominican theologian, author of the Summa Theologica and Summa contra Gentiles.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Zurich council decrees death by drowning to all Anabaptists.

Authority for the date: Shelly, Bruce. Church History in Plain Language. Thomas Nelson, 1996.


Peter Richer and William Chartier, two ministers appointed by the City of Geneva to plant the Reformed faith in Brazil, arrive at Rio Janeiro. They will celebrate the first Reformed service in South America, but leave the continent before accomplishing a lasting work.

Authority for the date: Leben 1 #3 (2005).


Death on the Isle of Man of Bishop Thomas Wilson, beloved for his purity of life, kindness to the poor, and tolerance toward sects such as the Quakers. He had rebuilt his diocese and established libraries that included works in the Manx language spoken there. His charitable efforts included improvement of farming, amelioration of harsh laws, and support of English missions.

Authority for the date: Dictionary of National Biography


Death in London of Thomas Olivers, an itinerant Methodist minister, editor, and hymnwriter. His best-known hymn was “The God of Abraham Praise.”

Authority for the date: Nutter, Charles S. Hymns and Hymn Writers of the Church. Nashville: Smith & Lamar, 1915.


Death in Calcutta of William Ward, mission printer and co-worker of William Carey.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Trembling and homesick, young Fanny Crosby arrives at a blind school in New York. There she will receive the training that will enable her become an outstanding hymnwriter after her conversion.

Authority for the date: Ruffin, Bernard. Fanny Crosby. Pilgrim Press, 1976.


The Reverend Carl McIntire begins broadcasting “The Twentieth Century Reformation Hour.”

Authority for the date: Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.


Death of Zhao Maijia, who had suffered greatly in an effort to “bring the gospel back to Jerusalem” from China, working and preaching among Muslims on China’s western border and establishing the first church in the southern Xinjiang region.

Authority for the date: Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity.

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