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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, June 4

308
Quirinus, bishop of Siscia, after imprisonment, tortures, and mockery is drowned in a river (in the region that will become Poland) where he preaches until he sinks.
1133
Lothaire II of Saxony receives the imperial crown from Pope Innocent II whom he has just established on the papal throne by a show of armed force.
1571
An executioner in Toledo, Spain, tries to spare Doctor Sigismondo Arquer from burning alive for his Protestant beliefs by garroting him, but the onlooking crowd riots at this mercy. In the melee, Arquer is seriously injured and is already half dead when committed to the flames.
1639
Fundamental Orders of New Haven are adopted. These had been proposed by Rev John Davenport and are an extraordinary example of the religiously-inspired formation of a government.
1663
Death at St John's, Oxford, of Archbishop William Juxon. As a priest he had attended King Charles I of England at his execution, for which service, after the Restoration, Charles II appointed him Archbishop of Canterbury.
1820
Birth of Elvina M. Hall, American Methodist poet who authored the hymn, 'Jesus Paid It All' (a.k.a. 'I Hear the Savior Say').
1878
Birth of Frank N. Buchman, American exponent of the social gospel. He founded the First Century Christian Movement (1921), the Oxford Group (1929) and the Moral Re-Armament Movement (1938).
1883
Death of "Righteous Vera," a girl who had begun early to seek the Lord and practice asceticism. Her twin sister Lyubov died four days later. The twelve-year-olds were visiting the Russian monastery at Optina.
1900
Birth of Nelson Glueck, American Jewish archaeologist. Director of the American School of Oriental Research in Jerusalem between 1932 and 1947, he explored and dated over 1,000 ancient sites in Palestine and the Near East.
1985
The Supreme Court of the United States rules against an Alabama law requiring a moment of silence (i.e.: prayer) in public schools.

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