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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, May 18

304
Traditional date on which seven elderly Christian women at Ancyra (in modern Turkey) were drowned when they refused to apostasize.
526
Death of Pope St. John I, having been imprisoned in Ravenna, Italy, by Theodoric, an Arian, for not pressing the case of the Arians with the eastern emperor in Constantinople.
1675
Death on Michigan's west coast of Jacques Marquette, Jesuit missionary to Michigan and midwestern North America.
1808
Death in Pennsylvania of Jacob Albright who had founded the "Dutch Methodists" of Pennsylvania, later known as the Evangelical Association.
1814
In Philadelphia, the General Missionary Convention of the Baptist Denomination in the United States of America for Foreign Missions was established -- the first national organization of Baptists in the U.S. It was later called the Triennial Convention because it met every three years.
1847
Death of Orthodox monk Macarius Glukharyov who had founded a successful mission among the Altai people of Siberia. Unlike most traditional Orthodox missions, he had recruited female missionaries. The Russian Orthodox Church will eventually declare him a saint.
1864
Death of Cesar Malan, near Geneva. He had been a Swiss Reformed pastor, evangelist, and author of more than one thousand hymns.
1896
Missionary nurse Amy Wilkes and missionary Samuel Zwemer are wed at the British Consulate in Baghdad. The Church Missionary Society, which had paid Amy's passage to the field, will require them to reimburse the cost of her journey because she had left their work. When Zwemer raises the funds it will be said he purchased his bride in true Arab fashion.
1920
Funeral in Hong Kong for the Catholic priest Leong Chi Hing, long active in the care of China's Christian community as well as its missionary and linguistic work.
1925
Popular evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, 34, disappeared while on a beach outing. Turning up five weeks later, she claimed to have been kidnapped and held prisoner, before escaping from her abductors.

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