Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, June 24

Nero begins the first imperial persecution of Christians.
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.
King Gustavus of Sweden assembled the Diet of Wester's, for the purpose of carrying through the Protestant Reformation in Sweden.
Death at St Asaph on Midsummer Day of Bishop Isaac Barrow (uncle of the better-known Isaac Barrow whose name will be associated with Sir Isaac Newton). He was notable for his charities, which included establishing a home for impoverished widows, providing for the education of young ministers, and for endowing the fund that financed King William's College.
The Wissahickon Hermits (Pietists) land in Philadelphia.
Two young Lutheran pastors, Andreas Rudman and Erik Bjork, arrive in Maryland to the astonishment of local Swedes and Finns who had no idea they were coming.
Execution of Chinese convert and Catholic priest Joseph Yuan Zaide in China's Sichuan Province.
An imperial decree orders the killing of foreigners throughout China. The uprising is not primarily anti-Christian, but missionaries and Chinese converts will be the chief sufferers.
The two-day Constitutional Assembly of the Nippon Kirisuto Kyodan opened, during which was formed the United Church of Christ in Japan.
Metropolitan Michael of Toledo and Metropolitan Philip of New York sign articles of reunification, forming the united Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.

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