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Today in Christian History
Tatars bind John of Kazan in Kazan (now a Russian Federation city but then under control of the Mongols) and mortally wound him with swords when he refuses to convert to Islam.
Belgium issues a mandate against the Mennonites whom it harrasses because of their Anabaptist beliefs.
The Dutch rout a Spanish force at the Battle of Turnhout, confirming their resolution to never again submit to Spanish rule.
Harvard appoints theologian Edward Wigglesworth to fill the newly created Thomas Hollis chair at Harvard College, the first divinity professor in America. By casting doubt on Calvinism, Wigglesworth will become a force for the development of Unitarianism in New England. Yale will be founded to counter his liberalism.
Four months before his celebrated Christian conversion, Anglican missionary John Wesley wrote in his journal: 'I went to America to convert the Indians. But oh! who shall convert me? I have a fair summer religion... But let death look me in the face, and my spirit is troubled.'
Birth of Anglican clergyman John Mason Neale, who was one of the first to translate ancient Greek and Latin hymns into English. Neale thus rendered the hymns known today as "All Glory, Laud, and Honor," "Good Christian Men, Rejoice" and "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel."
The London Provisional Committee issues a circular to the secretaries of the county associations of Independent churches in England and Wales, explaining the objects of a proposed union and inviting the associations to send deputies to a meeting to be held in London in May for considering the scheme.
Fanny J. Crosby, who will become a notable hymnwriter, is one of seventeen students from the New York Institute of the Blind who give a concert for the United States Congress, and she recites a thirteen stanza original composition calling for the creation of institutes for the education of the blind in every state. This draws "calls for an encore" and earns the congratulations of John Quincy Adams.
Thomas De Witt Talmage celebrates his seventeenth year as pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle. A noted orator, he is one of the leading pastors of his day and a crusader against vice in New York City.
The Rev. Barbara C. Harris, 55, of Boston, was confirmed as the first female bishop in the 450-year history of the Anglican Church.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"