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Today in Christian History
Death of Eusebius, 74, Father of early church history. He attended the Council of Nicea in A.D. 325, and his "Historia Ecclesiastica" contains an abundance of detail on the first three centuries of the Early Church found nowhere else in ancient literature.
Death of Hubert, the "Apostle to the Ardennes" (a region now comprised of Northern France, Belgium, and Luxembourg).
Pope Gregory IX canonizes Anthony of Padua, the "Wonder Worker."
Last preserved letter of Conrad Grebel, written from Zurich, to his brother-in-law Vadian, is a vigorous plea against attempts to suppress Anabaptists by fines, confiscation of property, imprisonment, or death.
Philip of Hesse opens the University of Marburg.
Death at Bulstrode of Elizabeth Elstob, who had broken sex barriers to learn Anglo-Saxon. Among her translations was An English-Saxon Homily on the Birthday of St. Gregory, anciently used in the English-Saxon church, giving an account of the conversion of the English from paganism to Christianity. She had been a fervent defender of the Church of England.
At the request of his father-in-law, Anglican bishop Reginald Heber pens the words to his missionary hymn, "From Greenland's Icy Mountains."
A slave betrays plans for a massive uprising planned by African Methodist preacher Denmark Vesey in Charleston, South Carolina. One hundred and thirty one African Americans are arrested and Vesey's church is closed. Some of the plotters will be executed and others deported.
Death in Boga, Congo, of African evangelist Apolo Kivebulaya.
The two-day Barmen Synod ended in Germany. The resulting Barmen Declaration affirmed that the German Confessing Church recognized Jesus Christ to be the only authoritative voice of God, in clear contrast to all other (i.e., Nazi) powers representing divine revelation.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"