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Death of Patriarch Anatolius of Constantinople who had sided with Cyril of Alexandria and Pope Leo I against Nestorianism, Eutychianism, and other theological controversies of that day.

Authority for the date: Wikipedia.


The Synod of Orange convenes in Arausio, France. Caesarius of Arles presides over the council of thirteen bishops. He successfully submits a declaration on grace and free will outlining and upholding several of St. Augustine’s doctrines on the nature of grace. Pope Boniface II will formally approve the documents from this synod in 531.

Authority for the date: Weber, Nicholas. “Councils of Orange.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1911.


Jean de Lastic, Grand Master of Rhodes, writes Charles VII, King of France from Ethiopia, telling about Zãr’a Ya’iqob’s victories over the Saracens. His letter refers to Prester John, a legendary Christian king who until then had been thought to rule in Asia but now will be assumed to rule in Africa.

Authority for the date: Taddesse, Tamrat. Church and state in Ethiopia. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1972.


Hans Egede, Lutheran missionary, lands in Greenland with a party of forty-six people.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Pope Pius VII returns the papacy to Rome. His predecessor Pius VI had been removed in 1798 by a French general, dying in captivity.

Authority for the date: Paul Collins, Absolute Power


Calista Vinton sails for Burma where she will contribute most of the hymns used in the Sgau Karen hymnal.

Authority for the date: Burrage, Henry S. Baptist Hymnwriters and Their Hymns. Portland, ME: Brown Thurston & company, 1888.


Birth of Lucius H. Holsey in Columbus, Georgia. Denied the privilege of attending school because he is of African heritage, he will acquire an education anyhow, and become the fourth bishop of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church.

Authority for the date: Lane, Isaac. Autobiography of Bishop Isaac Lane, LL.D.


Prussia declares that clergy are subordinate to the state.

Authority for the date: Putnam, George Haven. Tabular Views of Universal History. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1916.


Death of David Brown, who had been prominent as a Christian author, educator, and church leader in Scotland. He is best known as the coauthor of the Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary on the Old and New Testaments, for which he had written the sections on the Gospels, Acts, and the Epistle to the Romans.

Authority for the date: New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge.


Seventy-one Chinese Christians are martyred by Boxers at Shouyang. The number includes eighteen women and eleven children.

Authority for the date: Paul Hattaway, China’s Christian Martyrs


Pope St. Pius X, in his encyclical Lamentabili, formally condemns the modernist intellectual movement in the Catholic Church.

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Death of Alfred H. Ackley, a prolific writer of hymns, remembered primarily for the tune HE LIVES.

Authority for the date: Cyberhymnal.


Near Munugodu, India, four Hindus attack and repeatedly stab Pentecostal pastor G. N. Paul, claiming he forcibly converts Hindus to Christianity.

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

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