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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, June 15

992
Death of Michael of Kiev, the first Metropolitan of Kiev.
1520
Leo X issued the papal encyclical 'Exsurge Domine,' which condemned German Reformer Martin Luther as a heretic on 41 counts and branded him an enemy of the Roman Catholic Church.
1649
Margaret Jones of Charlestown became the first person tried and executed for witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts.
1686
In Boston, the King's Chapel was organized. It was the first Anglican church established in colonial New England.
1692
In response to a query from Salem leaders regarding trial procedures, Cotton Mather and eleven associates sign a statement on witchcraft that shows their literal belief in the claims coming out of the Salem witch trials.
1755
Birth in New York of John Marrant, an African-American who will become a missionary to Native Americans, one of America's first African-American missionaries.
1774
Death at Halle, Germany, of Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky, a German Pietist hymnwriter.
1932
Death of Dorothy Frances Blomfield Gurney at Notting Hill, London. She had authored the wedding hymn "O Perfect Love."
1950
American missionary martyr Jim Elliot wrote in his journal: 'A man without Christ has his roots only in his own times, and his fruits as well.'
1982
John Stott leads a memorial service for influential British evangelist Eric John Hewitson Nash at All Souls' Church in London.

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