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Today in Christian History
Matthew Paris is clothed as a novice at the Abbey of St. Albans in England. He will be remembered as a monk who chronicled English history.
Newly-ordained missionary Christian Friedrich Schwartz embarks from London for Tranquebar, the seat of the Danish Mission in India. Four months after arriving, he will preach his first sermon in Tamil and afterwards will conduct a successful work.
Pioneer Methodist bishop Frances Asbury wrote in his journal: 'Though a stranger in a strange land, God has taken care of me.'
At the Academy of Music in Kansas City, Charles Parham preaches his first sermon dedicated soley to the experience of the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues.
Death in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, of Fanny Coppin, an ex-slave who became an educator to her people, principal of the Institute for Colored Youth, an inspiration to the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and a missionary to South Africa.
The American Lutheran Publicity Bureau is organized in New York City to inform the general public about The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.
Soviets execute the Orthodox priest Peter Alexeyevich Bulgakov for "agitation against Soviet power." He had long resisted their efforts to get him to abandon his faith and three months before his death had refused to hand over church keys to them.
Elders of the Little Flock and twenty-eight other Christian leaders in Shanghai are arrested. They have carried on the work begun by Watchman Nee, who is in prison.
Charismatic Bible Ministries was founded in Oklahoma. A fraternal fellowship of charismatic organizations, CBM held its first major conference in June 1986 in Tulsa.
Pope John Paul II begins a visit to Cuba, emphasizing the need for fundamental human freedoms.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"