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Today in Christian History
King's College was founded under Roman Catholic sponsorship in Aberdeen, Scotland. In 1860 it merged with the Protestant Marischal College (established in 1593) to become the University of Aberdeen.
German reformer Martin Luther wrote in a letter to his wife Kate: 'Pray, and let God worry.'
American Indians capture Mary Rowlandson and her three children during King Philip's war in Massachusetts and hold them for ransom. Five years later she will write the first "captivity narrative" which she titles The Sovereignty and Goodness of God: Being a Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson.
Anthony Mary Claret, Archbishop of Santiago and tireless worker for justice and reform, is wounded at Holguin, Cuba, by an assassin who lays his face open from ear to jaw with a razor. His calls for an end to racism and oppression had roused opposition.
The Church of England first authorized use of the 1885 English Revised (RV or ERV) Version of the Bible in Anglican liturgy and worship.
Michael Platonovich Krasnoperov is consecrated as the first bishop of the Orthodox diocese of Akmolinsk, under the name Bishop Methodius. In 1921, the Bolsheviks will execute Methodius as an example to rebellious peasants, stabbing him and thrusting his cross into one of the wounds.
In London, renowned Baptist clergyman and devotional author F. B. Meyer, 81, preached his last sermon. He soon entered a nursing home where his health failed rapidly, and he died March 28.
U.S. Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall prayed: 'Save Thy servants from the tyranny of the nonessential. Give them the courage to say "No" to everything that makes it more difficult to say "Yes" to Thee.'
Under the dictatorship of Idi Amin, Christians are shot in a stadium in Kabale, Uganda.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"