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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, March 26

668
Pope Vitalian ordains Theodore of Tarsus as Archbishop of Canterbury. Well-educated and diplomatic, Theodore will establish a school, defuse animosity between Christians of the Celtic and Roman traditions, and set diocesean boundaries throughout England.
752
Election of Pope Stephen III after the sudden death of Stephen II. He will become the first papal monarch when Pepin (King of the Franks) places Ravenna under his control.
809
Death of Ludger, a missionary to the Frisians and founder of Munster. He had been notable for his gentleness, but was also courageous - as evidenced by his refusing to respond to messengers from Charlemagne until he completed his devotions, defending his action to the king by saying, "God is to be preferred to you O King and to all men."
1624
The town council of Gorlitz summons Jacob Boehme to give an account of some of his writings that are considered heretical.
1831
Death of Richard Allen, founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the first African-American bishop in America.
1840
Birth of George Smith, famed English Assyriologist. During several expeditions to the site of ancient Nineveh, (1873Â74), Smith unearthed over 3,000 cuneiform tablets, including one which told the story of an ancient deluge, similar to Noah's Flood.
1843
Death in Indiana of Robert Richford Roberts who for forty years had served as a Methodist frontier circuit rider and bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, working primarily in Indiana.
1861
Birth of Uchimura Kanzo in Edo, Japan. He will convert to Christianity, become an evangelist and pacifist, found the "non-church" movement, and write the book How I Became a Christian.
1921
The Orthodox priest Gregory Matveyevich Vysotsky is sentenced to death, accused of having contacts with foreigners for "counter-revolutionary purposes."
1986
Joan Andrews is arrested for unsuccessfully attempting to disconnect the electric cord of a suction machine in an abortuary in Pensacola, Florida. Because she will not promise to cease antiabortion activities, and will refuse to cooperate with what she considers an unjust court system, she will be sentenced to five years of imprisonment - double the maximum recommended by sentencing guidelines.

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