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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, June 17

362
Emperor Julian "the Apostate" orders that all professors and schoolmasters must obtain a license before teaching - thus excluding Christians from educating youth.
1703
Birth of John Wesley, English founder of Methodism. The systematic disciplines of the 'Holy Club,' which John and his brother Charles founded, elicited the nickname 'Methodies' from their critics.
1714
Performance of Bach's first sacred cantata "Ich hatte viel Bek
1822
In New York City, the first elders of the newly founded African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church were ordained.
1846
Iowa College was chartered in Davenport under the joint sponsorship of the Congregational and Presbyterian churches. The school changed location in 1859 and was later renamed Grinnell College.
1855
James Theodore Augustus Holly, an African-American, is ordained as a deacon at St. Matthew's Church, Detroit. Nineteen years later, he will become the first African-American missionary-bishop of the Episcopal Church (for Haiti).
1922
Evangelist Paul Rader in Chicago makes the first of many radio broadcasts to generate publicity for his evangelistic meetings.
1981
Muslims in al-Zawya Alhamra, a Coptic district of Cairo, attempt to seize a Coptic businessman's land to build a mosque. Armed with machine guns, knives, crowbars, and other weapons they attack Christians and their property over a two day period, destroying one hundred and fifty homes and shops and murdering more than a hundred Christians, several by burning them alive. Afterward, foreign correspondents will be barred from photographing the carnage or interviewing the relatives of the victims or eyewitnesses.
2004
Jiang Zongxiu, a 34 year old mother and wife in China is arrested and beaten for distributing Christian literature in a marketplace. She will die the next day.
2012
Islamic terrorists bomb three churches in Kaduna State, Nigeria, killing dozens of Christians, including children, and injuring many more.

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