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Today in Christian History
According to tradition, Roman Emperor Diocletian orders a slaughter of Christians at an English town which, because of the event, becomes known as Lichfield, "field of corpses."
The Moors surrender Granada to their Catholic majesties Ferdinand and Isabella.
Calvin's Ecclesiastical Ordinances are ratified as church law in Geneva.
Death in Canterbury, Kent, England, of Edward Perronet who had written the hymn "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name."
Death near Birmingham, England, of Edward Caswall, author of the hymn "When Morning Guilds the Skies."
Death in Philadelphia of Charles Porterfield Krauth. A Lutheran pastor, editor, and educator, he had spent his life promoting conservative Lutheran theology and a literal reading of the Augsburg Confession.
Ordination of Aimee and Robert Semple by Chicago evangelist William H. Durham. Aimee will marry Harold McPherson after Robert's death, becoming the founder of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel and one of America's most popular and controversial preachers of the early twentieth century.
Death of Sabine Baring-Gould at Exeter, England. An Anglican clergyman, he will be remembered as the author of two popular hymns: "Onward Christian Soldiers" and "Now the Day Is Over."
Sri Lanka's Parliament nationalizes the island's church schools, most of them Roman Catholic.
Swiss Reformed theologian Karl Barth wrote in a letter: 'In the Church of Jesus Christ there can and should be no non-theologians.'
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"