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Quote of the day

“...after sunset when the moon had first become visible a marvelous phenomenon was witnessed by some five or more men...Now there was a bright new moon...”

“Twelfth Century Lunar Account Not Impact Event.” Virtual New York (April 19, 2001).


Paradise Will Be Better (1887)

Oh, forests, with your fresh coolness; glades, with tempered light, filled with winged creatures rejoicing in their life...



Judges under King Henry VIII sentence Anne Askew to be taken to Smithfield and burned for her views on transubstantiation. The sentence will be carried out the following month.

Authority for the date: Lambert, Tim. “A Brief Biography of Anne Askew.”


Death at Guben, Germany, of Johann Franck, a leading German hymnwriter whose verses were more mystical and individualistic than hymns of preceding centuries.

Authority for the date: Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal.


Eighteen people (three of them African American) gather under a sugar maple tree at Severn’s Valley (now Elizabethtown), Kentucky, to form the first Baptist Church in that state. They will soon build themselves a log cabin in which to worship and will conduct baptisms in a nearby stream.

Authority for the date: Nowlin, William D. “Kentucky Baptist History.”


The first Lutheran prison ministry in Germany opens under the leadership of Theodore Fliedner.

Authority for the date: ” Fliedner, Theodore.” Encyclopedia Britannica, 1911.


(or the 19th) Death of William B. Tappan, a clock maker, pastor, Sunday school leader, and hymnwriter. His most famous hymn is “’Tis Midnight and on Olive’s Brow.” He will be buried in Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

Authority for the date:  Cyberhymnal.


Bernard Mizeki, an African evangelist, is speared to death in Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). Threatened, he had refused to flee, saying he worked for Christ. His wife and a helper leave to get blankets for him and report that, from a distance, they see a blinding light on the hillside where he has been lying, and hear a rushing sound, as though of many wings. When they return to the spot, his body has disappeared.

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Divine services, Bible studies, and celebration of Communion in East Germany are forbidden by the Communist government.

Authority for the date: Hutten, Kurt. Iron Curtain Christians. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1967.

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