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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, June 5

303
Felix, Bishop of Tibiuca in North Africa, is hauled before the magistrate of his city and ordered to hand over Christian books in compliance with an imperial decree, but staunchly refuses.
1409
The Council of Pisa declares that the rival popes Gregory XII and Benedict XIII are "notorious schismatics, promoters of schism, and notorious heretics, errant from the faith, and guilty of the notorious and enormous crimes of perjury and violated oaths."
1724
Death of Rev. Henry Sacheverell, a Church of England priest whose politically charged oratory led the Whig government to impeach him. Anglicans rose in his defense, riots followed, and the Whig government was swept from power.
1801
A Turkish tribunal condemns Mark of Smyrna to die by the sword after torturing him. He had previously betrayed his Christian faith but, ashamed of his behavior, renounced Islam and testified to the gospel although it meant sure death.
1831
Rafaravavy Rasalama is one of the Christians who takes part in the first observance of the Lord's Supper on Madagascar at the Ambatonakanga church. She will also become the island's first martyr under the persecutions initiated by Queen Ranavalona I.
1851
The first episode of Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin is published in serial form in National Era magazine.
1944
German Lutheran theologian and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote in a letter from prison: 'Certainly one must try everything, but only to become more certain what God's way is.'
1965
Death in London, England, of Eleanor Farjeon. She authored the popular hymn "Morning Has Broken."
1967
The Arab-Israeli Six-Day War began, during which Israel took control of the Sinai Desert, the city of Jerusalem and the west bank of the Jordan River. A cease-fire arranged by the U.N. ended the conflict on June 10th.
1995
Steve Saint and some of his family head for the Ecuador jungle with plans to train the Waodani Indians to handle their own lives in the modern world.

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