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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, June 19

1530
Martin Luther writes from Coburg to his son Hans, telling him of a glorious garden to which he will be admitted if he behaves well, learns his lessons, and says his prayers.
1566
Birth of James VI of Scotland. Upon the death of Elizabeth I in 1603, he ascended the English throne as James I. He is best remembered for authorizing the publication known today as the 'King James Version' (KJV) of the Bible.
1567
Richard Fitz and several other separatists are arrested in Plumber's Hall, London, holding a meeting under guise of a wedding. This will be regarded as a red-letter day in the formation of the Congregationalist movement.
1625
Jean de Brebeuf, French Jesuit priest and missionary, arrives in Quebec, Canada. He will be martyred while ministering to Indians.
1787
Death in Haddington of John Brown, a Scottish pastor, author of the Self-Interpreting Bible - a Bible with many marginal notes and comparison of one Scripture to another. He had been a pastor who instructed his flock with a fervor that demonstrated he believed what he taught, and he had generously shared his small income.
1902
Death in Tegernsee, Bavaria, Germany, of Lord Acton, an English Catholic historian famed for his saying "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
1910
Father's Day, conceived by Mrs. John B. Dodd, is first observed in Spokane, Washington, at the proclamation of the mayor. It will later become a national holiday in the United States.
1977
Paul VI canonized John Nepomucene Neumann, the first American-born male saint. As fourth Bishop of the Philadelphia Diocese, Neumann is remembered for developing the parochial school system.
1987
The Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law requiring public schools to teach creationism if they taught evolutionism. The court ruled that the state law violated the First Amendment.
2009
The Ecuadorian Christian and Missionary Alliance celebrates with U.S. and Canadian missionaries in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Pastor David Muthre, president of the national church, gives thanks that one hundred and twelve years earlier, George Fisher, J. A. Strain, and F. W. Farnol undertook the evangelization of Ecuador, followed by other Alliance missionaries, including Homer Criswell, who, in 1922, built the first evangelical church in Quito despite fierce opposition.

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© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"