Today in Christian History
George Wishart, who had preached reform, is burned at the stake for "heresy" in Edinburgh, Scotland.
French Protestants (called Huguenots) are attacked at Vassy while worshiping in a barn. The 2nd Duke of Guise orders the barn set on fire, killing over sixty of them and wounding one hundred more. This will set off a series of religious wars between French Roman Catholics and Protestants that will last almost forty years.
On his deathbed, English poet and clergyman George Herbert, 39, uttered these last words: 'I shall be free from sin and all the temptations and anxieties that attend it...I shall dwell... where these eyes shall see my Master and Savior.'
John Newton, who will one day write the hymn “Amazing Grace,” is seized by a naval press gang while ashore in England and forced into a brutal regime aboard a ship.
Georgetown College was chartered in Washington, D.C., making it the first Roman Catholic institution of higher learning established in the United States.
Fidelia Fisk sails from Boston Harbor for Smyrna on the Emma Isadora to begin mission work. She writes to her sisters, "It may be that my usefulness will greatly depend upon your prayers for me. Sisters, pray for me."
The first issue of "The Evening Light and Church of God Evangel" was published in Cleveland, Tennessee. A. J. Tomlinson, the publishing editor, was an instrumental figure in the history of the Church of God (also headquartered today in Cleveland, Tennessee).
Several Christian leaders join with other opponents of Japanese occupation to declare Korean independence. As a result they are arrested and thousands of Korea's Christians become the butt of brutal retaliation by the Japanese.
Swiss Reformed theologian Karl Barth wrote in a letter: If Jesus is and does what we read in 1 John 2:2, then He prays for all men: for those who already pray and for those who do not yet pray.'
Death of Michael Oluwamuyide Adegbolagun, a leader and church builder in the Voice of Redemption Gospel Church of Nigeria.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"