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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, June 24

64
Nero begins the first imperial persecution of Christians.
1519
Birth of Theodore Beza, French-born Swiss theological reformer. Beza became the acknowledged leader of the Swiss Calvinists, following John Calvin's death in 1564.
1527
King Gustavus of Sweden assembled the Diet of Wester's, for the purpose of carrying through the Protestant Reformation in Sweden.
1694
The Wissahickon Hermits (Pietists) land in Philadelphia.
1797
Death of Henry Venn, the elder, an evangelical pastor and author of considerable influence in eighteenth-century England, father of John Venn (a leader in the Clapham Sect that did so much to ameliorate social conditions in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries), and grandfather of the notable mission leader Henry Venn, the younger.
1803
Birth of George J. Webb, American church organist. He compiled several collections of sacred music during his lifetime, and also composed the melody to the hymn, 'Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus.'
1817
Execution of Chinese convert and Catholic priest Joseph Yuan Zaide in China's Sichuan Province.
1860
Nikolai, future missionary from Russia to Japan, becomes a monk.
1885
Consecration in New York of Samuel David Ferguson, the first African-American Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church.
1938
Death of James C. Sheafe, a learned African-American pastor, who brought African Americans into the Seventh-day Adventist movement, but also founded independent seventh-day movements because of disagreement with the racial teachings of the main movement. "That man could preach, and pray, and sing like nobody you have ever heard," remarked another Adventist preacher who had heard most of the early Adventists.

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