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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.
Pope Gregory IX canonizes Anthony of Padua, the "Wonder Worker."
Jerome of Prague is burned for heresy by the Council of Constance. He had been a follower of reformer Jan Hus.
Joan of Arc walks to the market square in Rouen, Normandy, where she is to be burned, kneels and prays for her enemies, then mounts the pyre of wood. As the flames leap up, she asks for a cross to be held before her. Her final word is "Jesus."
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.
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.
Death of Martin Noth, 66, German Old Testament scholar. Noth was the first authority to note that 1&2 Samuel and 1&2 Kings contain virtually no mention of the classic prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos and Hosea.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"