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Saturday, April 6

(Probable date) Death of Methodius, who with his brother Cyril had evangelized the Balkans. Authority for the date: Obolensky, Dmitri. Six Byzantine Portraits. Clarendon, 1988.
Death in Denmark of church reformer and abbot William of Eskhill. Authority for the date: www.ewtn.com.
Death in Nürnberg of Albrecht Durer, German painter, engraver, and designer of woodcuts, famous for his religious scenes, including the popular “Praying Hands” (a study for the hands of an apostle). He was deeply influenced by Martin Luther. Authority for the date: Encyclopedia Americana, 1956.
The Stroganoffs send gifts to five audacious Cossack brigands - Iermak Timofeif, John Koltzo, James Mikhailoff, Necetas Pan, and Matthew Meschteriak - inviting them to become warriors of the White Czar. These Cossack leaders and their followers became the staunch defenders of Christian Muscovy. Authority for the date: Karamzin, Nikolai M. Cossack "Conquest of Siberia" in The Great Events by Famous Historians.
Hanging in London of John Greenwood and Henry Barrow, non-conformists who denied that the Church of England had biblical authority. Authority for the date: Dale, R.W. History of English Congregationalism.
The first Moravians from Europe arrived in America. Invited by colonial governor James Oglethorpe, ten males of the "Unitas Fratrum" landed in Savannah, Georgia after sailing from England in February.
Death at Lincoln Inn, London, of lawyer William Melmoth. He had authored the popular tract The Great Importance of a Religious Life Consider’d (1711), in which he argued that we should live lives of faith because belief offers us the greatest prospect of happiness. Authority for the date: Dictionary of National Biography
Ordination by a Congregational Council, of Henry Alline at Falmouth, Nova Scotia. He becomes a successful leader in the Canadian and New England "New Light" revival. Authority for the date: Hatfield, Edwin. The Poets of the Church. New York: Anson D. F. Randolph & Company, 1884.
Death in Plymouth, England, of Robert Hawker, a noted preacher, writer, and compiler of a popular hymn books for children. His most famous hymn was the doxology "Lord, dismiss us with thy blessing." Authority for the date: Nutter, Charles S. Hymn Writers of the Church.
Death in Hancock, Vermont, of Jeremiah Ingalls, who had composed and published hymn tunes, including NORTHFIELD ("O, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing") which he had supposedly written while waiting for a meal in an inn at Northfield. Authority for the date: Brown, Theron and Hezekiah Butterworth. The Story of the Hymns and Tunes.
James Augustine Healy, the first black Roman Catholic bishop in America, was born to an Irish planter and a slave on a plantation near Macon, Georgia.
Anglican priest Henry E. Manning is received into the Roman Catholic Church. He will become archbishop of Westminster in 1865 and a cardinal in 1875. Authority for the date: Britannica.
Mormon church leader Brigham Young, 67, married his 27th and last wife. (In all, Brigham Young's wives bore him 47 children.)
Death in Denver, Colorado, of William M. Thomson, a missionary veteran of work in Syria and author of The Land and the Book which illustrated the Bible with photographs of the Middle East. The work enjoyed popularity in the United States and in Britain, where it sold more copies than any other American publication except Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Authority for the date: The Church at Home and Abroad. (June 1894) 467.
Simon Kimbangu heals a sick woman in the Congo Free State (now Democratic Republic of the Congo). Soon a movement will form around him and become the large Kimbanguist church. Authority for the date: Christian History 79 (2003).
Bakht Singh arrives in Bombay to begin an evangelical work there. He had been converted aboard a ship while voyaging to Canada. Authority for the date: Smith, Daniel. Bakht Singh of India. International Students, Inc.
American missionary and Auca Indian martyr Jim Elliot wrote in his journal: 'Faith makes life so even, gives one such confidence, that the words of men are as wind.'
Death of Daniel Gee Ching Wu, an Episcopal priest who had worked among the Chinese of San Francisco. Authority for the date: Wikipedia.
Death in Zürich of influential Swiss theologian Emil Brunner, who had reaffirmed the tenets of the Protestant Reformed tradition in twentieth-century terms, while seeking ground for dialog with moderns holding theories of evolution, idealism, liberalism, and scientism. Authority for the date: Britannica.
An aircraft bearing Rwanda's dictatorial President Juvenal Habyarimana is shot down. The nation's majority ethnic group, the Hutus, use the event as an excuse to massacre minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus, killing eight hundred thousand in three months. A Tutsu rebellion will kill many Hutus and conquer most of Rwanda by mid-July 1994, establishing a Tutsu-dominated government. Ironically, both ethnic groups subscribe at least nominally to Christianity and some Christian leaders will support and some oppose the genocide and retaliation. Authority for the date: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Juvenal-Habyarimana
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