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“How richly gifted was this Spanish priest poet this pious playwright this moral mechanist this devout dramatist How rare his experience how broad the...”

M’Gee, Thomas D’Arcy. “Review of Love the Greatest Enchantment, etc.” New York Tablet (July 19, 1862).


Desire a heart of flesh (1873)

I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh —Ezekiel 36:26 (NIV). This stony heart is...



Fire breaks out among the shops lining the Circus Maximus, Rome’s chariot stadium. Nero is blamed and tries to deflect blame from himself onto Jews and Christians, soon conducting a full scale persecution of Christians, notorious for the cruelty with which it is carried on.

Authority for the date: PBS, History Channel.


Martin of Mayence is burned as a heretic at Cologne because he belongs to a sect known as “Friends of God” and refuses to observe the days and hours of prayer and worship commanded by the church, regards all Christians as priests, maintains that outward works have no merit before God, and preaches that the Lord Jesus suffered more in bearing the judgment of God than in enduring the pain of the cross.

Authority for the date: Bevan, Frances. Three Friends of God.


Annaken van den Hove becomes the last Anabaptist martyr in Flanders. Catholic theologians determine he deserves death as a heretic and hand him over to the civil authorities who bury him alive.

Authority for the date: Wenger, John Christian. Even Unto Death: The Heroic Witness of the Sixteenth Century Anabaptist.


Death of Christmas Evans, one of the most notable Welsh preachers.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


More than three hundred men and women assemble in the Wesleyan Chapel at Seneca Falls, New York, for the first formal convention to discuss “the social, civil, and religious condition and the rights of women.” The event will be called the birthplace of the women’s rights movement. Men are not allowed into the convention until the second day.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


John Joseph Hughes is consecrated as the first Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York.

Authority for the date: Hayes, Patrick. “John Hughes.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1910.&


Gilbert Mulaha experiences salvation. Following his filling with the Holy Spirit a few months later, he becomes a Bible student, an evangelist, a man of prayer, and a prominent Christian leader in Kenya, noted for his advocacy of holy living.

Authority for the date: Dictionary of African Christian Biography.

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