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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, June 4

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.
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.
1775
John Carmichael of Brandywine, Pennsylvania, preaches a sermon saying war in self-defense is lawful. Sermons of this character helped form American opinion at the time of its Revolutionary War.
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.
1931
Carl McIntire is ordained and installed at the Chelsea Presbyterian Church in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He will become well-known as a radio broadcaster delivering fundamentalist and anti-Communist views.
1948
The first radio broadcast of the Far East Broadcasting Company's new Manila station goes on the air, with the staff singing "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name."
1985
The Supreme Court of the United States rules against an Alabama law requiring a moment of silence (i.e.: prayer) in public schools.
1995
At the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Brussels, Pope John Paul II beatifies Father Damien, the priest who had given his life in Hawaii for outcasts suffering leprosy.

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