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Today in Christian History
Death at Aachen, Germany, of Charlemagne, the first emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. One of the greatest rulers of all time, he was influential in church matters.
Edward VI becomes king of England and promotes the Reformation.
Scotland's King James VI, who in 1603 would become England's James I, signed the Second Scottish Confession of Faith.
Birth of William D. Longstaff, English philanthropist. A close acquaintance of Dwight L. Moody and Ira D. Sankey, Longstaff is better remembered today as author of the hymn, "Take Time to Be Holy."
Sarah L. H. Smith reaches Beirut, where she will devote her life and energy as a missionary to Syrian women.
Conversion of Oswald J. Smith at a Robert A. Torrey evangelistic meeting. Smith becomes a notable evangelist as well as a hymnwriter.
Death of John Paton, missionary to the New Hebrides. His wife and son died shortly after he began work. Alone and broken-hearted, he dug a grave and buried them. A man of great faith, he survived numerous threats from the islanders.
In NY City, a copy of the 1640 Bay Psalm Book was purchased at an auction at Parke-Bernet Galleries for $150,000 --the highest price ever paid to date for a single volume. (The original title of the book was: "The Whole Book of Psalmes Faithfully Translated into English Metre.")
The Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith published an 18-page document ruling out the admission of women to the Roman Catholic priesthood because women lacked a "natural resemblance which must exist between Christ and his ministers."
Michelangelo's drawing of Jesus asking the Samaritain woman for a drink sells for .4 million at a Sotheby's auction.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"