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“My lords we greet you well, and have received sure advertisement that our deceased brother the king, our late Sovereign Lord, is departed to God s mer...”

“Mary’s Claim to the Throne.”


God’s purposes cannot be thwarted (1864)

My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please —Isaiah 46:10 (NIV). The purpose of God cannot be frustrate...



Death of Stephen Langton, a strong Archbishop of Canterbury. He had been a signatory of the Magna Carta. Prior to becoming archbishop, he had been one of the chief theologians at the University of Paris.

Authority for the date: Britannica.


To put an end to difficulties that had arisen through his acceptance of the teachings of Osiander, Albert of Prussia publishes a Lutheran Corpus doctrinae Pruthenicum (Collection of Prussian Doctrine) with a preface that states “no one shall be  admitted to any office in Church or school who does not approve of and accept it.”

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


The Spanish governor of the Philippines, Francisco Tello, reports on the state of Christian missions in the islands, describing the number and distribution of Augustinians, Franciscans, Dominicans, and Jesuits; he lists the schools they have established for training priests and Christianizing the “Indians.” He appeals for more religious workers to reap “a great harvest.”

Authority for the date: A History of Christianity in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, 1450-1990


Moravian missionary Georg Schmidt arrives in Cape Town with the intention of converting the Hottentots. He is roundly mocked by the Dutch Boers who believe Hottentots are beyond redemption. When Schmidt succeeds in teaching a few to read and leads some to Christ, the Dutch will expel him from the colony.

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George Frederick Handel begins writing the oratorio Judas Maccabaeus and will complete it in just thirty-two days.

Authority for the date: Upton, George P. The Standard Oratorios.


Death of Boston preacher Jonathan Mayhew, who had been controversial because of his Arminian (free will) theology in a largely Calvinist culture. His teaching on the Godhead was precursory to Unitarianism. In his support for personal liberty, he opposed the unpopular Stamp Act imposed by Britain on the colonies, apparently coining the slogan “No taxation without representation.”

Authority for the date: Britannica.


Michael Paknanas is beheaded at the site of the ancient temple of Olympian Zeus because of his refusal to deny Christianity and embrace Islam.

Authority for the date: Wikipedia.


Death in Dalporree, India, of Sir Robert Grant, English hymnwriter and civil servant, who had written the well-known hymn “O Worship the King.”

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Formation of The Society for the Restoration of Orthodox Christianity in the Caucasus. Supported by secular authorities, it seeks to strengthen and spread Orthodoxy through translation of the Bible and religious literature into local languages, and other activities, including provision of Orthodox education, material support for Orthodox priests, restoration of old churches, and opening new ones.

Authority for the date: Anar Alizade, Christianity in Azerbaijan


Death in Folkestone, Kent, England, of hymnwriter Emily May Grimes Crawford. Her best known hymns were “The Master Comes! He Calls for Thee” and “The Quiet Hour.”

Authority for the date: Cyberhymnal.


As many as seven people die in a stampede trying to get in to see Pope John Paul II in a soccer stadium in Fortaleza, Brazil.

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