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Today in Christian History
Death in Eisleben of German reformer Martin Luther.
John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" was first published, in England. Bunyan was frequently imprisoned for preaching without a license. During these sequestered times, between 1660-72, Bunyan collected the ideas enabling him to pen this masterpiece of Christian literature.
At a monthly meeting in Germantown, PA, a group of Quakers and Mennonites became the first white body in English America to register a formal protest against slavery. The historic "Germantown Protest" denounced both slavery and the slave trade.
Birth of Henry Martyn, Anglican missionary to Persia. Martyn first sailed for the East in 1805. His great linguistic gifts led him to translate the New Testament both into Hindustani and Arabic, before his premature death at 31.
Sultan Abdel Medjid-Khan of the Ottoman Empire decrees that governmental authorization at the highest level is required for a permit to build or even to repair a church. The law will remain in effect more than a century and a half later in Egypt. Consequently it can take years for Christians to receive permission to repair even a leaking toilet.
Five Catholics are executed in Guizhou Province, China, for refusing to renounce their faith. They include missionary Jean-Pierre Néel; Lucy Yi Zhenmei, a virgin; Martin Wu Xueshang; John Zhang Tianshen; and John Chen Xianheng.
The Cambridge Seven (star college athletes who have dedicated themselves to Christian mission work) reach China.
A mob assaults the Presbyterian mission at Yeung Kong, China, breaking into the homes of the Rev. Andrew Beattie and Dr. D. A. Beattie, where they threaten and rough up the mission families (each man has a wife and child) as they smash and loot.
Father Butrus Sowmy of St. Mark's Syrian Orthodox Monastery in Jerusalem phones John Trever, asking that he examine an old manuscript. It will turn out to be the first discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Muslims burn down Victory Baptist Church, Alamuderi, Maiduguri, Nigeria.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"