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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, May 14

1607
In Virginia, on the first Sunday after the arrival of the Jamestown Expedition, Anglican priest Robert Hunt, 39, held the first Anglican service in the New World. Named chaplain of the expedition to Jamestown, Hunt was also the first Anglican priest to come to America.
1610
Assassination at Paris of Henry IV of France, formerly a Huguenot, who had converted to Catholicism to become king.
1759
In Everton, England, Anglican evangelical John Berridge preaches outdoors for the first time. His message is one of salvation by grace alone: "Cease from thine own works."
1858
Death in South Windsor, Connecticut, of Bennet Tyler, a Congregational theologian who had served as president of Dartmouth College and was a founder of the Theological Institute of Connecticut (now Hartford Seminary). While he was president of Dartmouth, the college admitted its first African-American student.
1901
Althea Brown, an African-American Christian, is commissioned to go to Africa as a missionary. She will die there of malaria and sleeping sickness after compiling a dictionary and grammar of the Bushoong tribal language.
1932
Death of John Hughes, 59, Welsh rail official and church worker. During his life, Hughes composed a number of hymns, including CWM RHONDDA, to which the Church today still sings "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah."
1941
Christian missionary/educator Minnie Vautrin gasses herself to death in Indianapolis, unable to cope with memories of wartime experiences in which she protected thousands of Chinese women from rape by Japanese invaders.
1948
Defying the advice of his State and War Departments, President Harry Truman issues a de facto recognition of the State of Israel within hours of its declaration of independence.
1974
In the Anglican Church in England, the Rev. F. Donald Coggan, 64, was named the 101st Archbishop of Canterbury by Queen Elizabeth II, succeeding former Archbishop Michael Ramsey.
1995
Fr Oleg Steniaev and Bishop Arseney Epifanov of Istrinsk (vicar of Patriarch Alexis II), burn books of Leo Tolstoy, Nikolai Rerikh, Vladimir Soloviev, Sergei Bulgakov, Paul Florensky, and others in a church yard. The authors had written works that were considered either heretical or liberal.

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