Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, May 23

1381
Metropolitan Cyprian of Moscow is received with rejoicing after long being denied the position because he is a Serbian. He will be declared a saint by the Russian church.
1430
Joan of Arc is taken captive by Burgundians during a sally from Compiegne, where she was besieged. For a large payment, the Burgundians will surrender her to the English who will execute her.
1498
Italian reformer Girolamo Savonarola, who had preached aggressively against the corruption of northern Italy's church and society, is hanged for heresy in Florence; then his body is burned.
1551
Philip Neri, who has already been doing spiritual work for many years in Rome, is ordained. He will found the Oratian order and develop the musical form known as the oratorio.
1832
Execution of Baptist deacon and ex-slave Samuel Sharpe, who had led a recent uprising (the Baptist War) against slavery in Jamaica in which as many as 60,000 slaves participated.
1891
Evangel, the first of several Baptist rail cars was dedicated in Cincinnati Ohio. Ten feet wide and sixty feet long, it will seat one hundred worshippers. Northern Pacific Railroad's General Manager orders his workers to take the car on any of the company's trains at no charge.
1903
Death of American Congregational missionary Henry Blodget. He had served forty years in China and helped translate the New Testament into colloquial Mandarin.
1926
Birth of Wilbur Nelson, Christian broadcast personality and for many years the host of "The Morning Chapel Hour," a radio ministry originating in Paramount, California.
1941
The scarred and disfigured body of the Orthodox bishop Platon of Banja Luka is found in the village of Kumsale, Croatia. Along with thousands of others he was killed in ethnic cleansing by the Ustashe, a Croatian fascist organization.
2009
The Nepal Defense Army, advocating for a Hindu state in Nepal, bombs the Catholic Church of the Assumption in Kathmandu. Six days later the organization will release a statement demanding that all one million Christians in Nepal leave the country, under threat of having each of their homes bombed.

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© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"