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“10 o clock fire engines out State House bell ringing. A powerful light in the direction of St. Augustine, no doubt tis on fire. The flame ascends high...”

“The Bible Riots of 1844: A Clash of Liberty and Equality.” Bill of Rights Institute.


Christ Is Our Master (1878)

Think of God, and work as in His sight—a life of devotion, and of quiet activity and industry cannot go unblest. U...



Torture and beheading of Victor of Milan, a soldier in the Roman army, because he had revealed his Christian faith by destroying pagan altars.

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The people of York go out to meet Archbishop William, who has just returned from Rome. As the throng follows him across the River Ouse on an old wooden bridge it collapses. Many people are pitched into the water, including women and small children. William makes the sign of the cross and prays. Not one life is lost. 

Authority for the date: The Troubles of Our Catholic Forefathers Related by Themselves, ed. by John Morris. (Burns and Oates, 1877).


Thirty-year old Julian of Norwich falls ill. Near death a few days later she will receive sixteen visions which she will later publish as Showings (also known as The Revelations of Divine Love).

Authority for the date: Christian History 83 (2004).


Pope Clement VII addresses a brief to the Observantine Franciscans, empowering them to receive all Lutherans desiring to return to the Catholic Church without the severe penalties decreed by Pope Leo X and others.

Authority for the date: Lea, Henry Charles. History of the Inquisition of Spain.


Tyndale’s Parable of Wicked Mammon is printed. A fugitive on the European continent, he smuggled pamphlets into England through merchant friends.

Authority for the date: Daniell, David. William Tyndale. Yale University Press, 2001.


Counter-reformer Peter Canisius is admitted into the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Mainz on his twenty-second birthday. By living a blameless life, founding colleges, preparing a clear well-organized catechism, and writing and speaking without bitterness and ridicule, he will restore the dignity of the Catholic Church in Northern Europe where the Protestant Reformation is ascendant.

Authority for the date: Braunsberger, Otto. "Blessed Peter Canisius." Catholic Encyclopedia. Appleton, 1911.


Death of John Hough, bishop of Worcester, known for great generosity and also for having been the president of Magdalen College, Oxford, whom James II had ejected in his effort to restore Roman Catholic influence in England.

Authority for the date: Wilmot, John. The Life of John Hough.


Moravian missionary David Zeisberger establishes a mission at Oxford, Canada.

Authority for the date: Gross, Ernie. This Day in Religion.


Thomas Middleton, the first Bishop of Calcutta is consecrated privately because the India company fears publicity.

Authority for the date: Andrews, C.F. North India. London: A. R. Mowbray, 1908.


Sixty representatives of American churches and regional Bible societies who have gathered in the Garden Street Reformed Church, New York City, resolve to form the American Bible Society. Three days later they will adopt its constitution.

Authority for the date: Dwight, Henry Otis. The Centenniel History of the American Bible Society. New York: Macmillan, 1916.


Bishop Adjai Crowther of Nigeria draws up the Niger Delta pastorate scheme in which the Delta District is to be made a native pastorate and financed through native agency. It will be inaugurated the next January.

Authority for the date: Dictionary of African Christian Biography.


Edward Thomas Demby is ordained a priest while in Texas and will serve churches in Tennessee, Missouri, and Florida. He will also become the second African-American bishop (a suffragen, or assistant bishop) of the Episcopal Church in the United States. 

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Death in Windsor, Ontario, of Henry McNeal Turner, a controversial bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He had served as the first African-American chaplain in the United States Colored Troops.

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Death of H. G. C. Moule, British New Testament scholar. Firmly evangelical, he had been associated with the Keswick movement.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Vladyka Gurias, archbishop of Suzdal, is arrested—one of many arrests he has endured at the hands of the Soviets. He will be sentenced to three years in concentration camps for “participation in a branch of the counter-revolutionary church-monarchist organization, ‘The True Orthodox Church’.”

Authority for the date: Moss, Vladimir. Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of the Urals, Siberia and Central Asia.


The executive committee of the World Communion of Reformed Churches meets for a week in Ghana, homeland of its global leader, theologian and pastor Setri Nyomi.

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Death in California of Dallas Willard from pancreatic cancer. A college professor of philosophy and widely published author, he had been closely connected with Renovaré, an evangelical deeper-life organization.

Authority for the date:  Christian History

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