Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, 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.
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').
1873
Birth of Charles F. Parham, American charismatic church pioneer. In 1898 he founded a Bible training school in Topeka, Kansas, where the modern Pentecostal movement began in 1901.
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).
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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