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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, April 15

297
The seven martyrs of Samos are incarcerated for refusing to offer pagan sacrifices and will remain imprisoned until late in June when they will be brought before the Emperor Maximian, reduced to little more than skeletons. Finally they will be crucified.
1552
King Edward VI of England grants royal assent to a new version of The Book of Common Prayer, the second of his reign.
1597
John Gerard, Jesuit, is tortured in the Tower of London for refusing to betray fellow Catholics. He later escapes.
1632
Burial of George Calvert at St. Dunstan's Church, England. He obtained the charter for the colony of Maryland, intending to make it a home for Roman Catholic refugees from England.
1767
Death of Elder Basil of Poiana Marului. He renovated the Skete there (a skete is a settlement of Eastern Orthodox monks dependent on a parent monastery) and gained renown for his austerities, focus on Scripture, and insistence on true repentance.
1791
Death in London of John Marrant, an African-American Methodist minister and missionary who had written three books about his experiences as a preacher with the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion.
1872
Canadians hold a day of thanksgiving in gratitude for the recovery of Prince Edward (future King Edward VII) from a serious illness.
1892
Birth of Corrie ten Boom, Dutch devotional author whose family was arrested by the Gestapo during WWII for hiding Jewish refugees in their home. (Corrie's experience with the Nazis was depicted in the 1971 film, "The Hiding Place.")
1919
Japanese soldiers lure twenty-five Christians into church in the village of Cheamri, Korea, where they shoot at them and burn the church over their heads.
1950
Thirty-six leading members of religious orders in Hungary send a protest letter to the Hungarian government for abuses done to their orders by the government.

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