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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, May 20

325
Council of Nicea opens to settle the issue between Arians and Catholics. This is the church's first ecumenical church council since the days of the apostles.
1506
Death of Christopher Columbus at Valladolid, Spain. The explorer had opened the Americas to colonization and considered it his mission to bring Christianity to the New World.
1521
A cannonball strikes Spanish soldier I
1530
German reformer Martin Luther wrote in a letter: 'God's friendship is a bigger comfort than that of the whole world.'
1535
Pope Paul III makes a cardinal of John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester. Fisher has long opposed King Henry VIII and even invited Holy Roman Emperor Charles V to invade England. Henry declares that he will send Fisher's head to Rome to get his cardinal's hat - and soon will have him beheaded.
1690
Death of John Eliot, missionary to the American Indians, in the parsonage at Roxbury. He had translated the entire Bible into the Algonquin Indian language and published the first Bible printed in America.
1754
Columbia University in New York City was chartered as King's College, under sponsorship of the Episcopal Church. The institution adopted its present name in 1896.
1937
Jesse Overholtzer founds Child Evangelism Fellowship in Chicago.
1943
Smith College awards Wu Yi-fang, first Chinese woman to head a Chinese college (Ginling Women's College), an honorary Doctor of Law degree.
1945
The Christian Airmen's Missionary Fellowship is officially born. Later it will change its name to Missionary Aviation Fellowship (MAF). Betty Greene, an American wartime pilot, had written an article in which she suggested using planes to help missionaries. Jim Truxton, a Navy pilot, saw it, contacted Betty and suggested organizing to implement her idea.

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