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Today in Christian History
Benedict II is consecrated Pope. A humble, charitable man, he will be successful in freeing papal elections from the requirement of imperial confirmation.
Consecration of the scholar Rabanus Maurus as Archbishop of Mainz.
The Diet of Ilanz proclaims religious freedom - the right of all persons in the Grisons (a region of Switzerland), of both sexes, and of whatever condition or rank, to choose between the Catholic and the Reformed religion. Those who choose the Reformed will be subject to banishment but not to death.
Death at Exeter of John Flavel, an eminent English Puritan who suffered much of his life from laws against Nonconformists but had many loyal parishioners who would travel more than five miles one way to hear him preach after he was ejected from his pulpit, or meet in woods to hear him. He wrote many books, including one on Providence. Several future revival leaders, including George Whitefield and Robert Murray M'Cheyne, were influenced by his writings.
Birth of Philip Doddridge, an English Nonconformist clergyman. Doddridge authored 370 hymn- texts, of which 'O Happy Day That Fixed My Choice' is still sung today.
Death of Benjamin Newton at Tunbridge Wells. He had been one of the early Plymouth Brethren until differences with the others caused him to separate.
Death of Mary Anne Sanderson Gibson Deck. A hymnwriter, she had written "There Is a City Bright."
Death of Alma Bridwell White, the first female bishop in the United States (for the Pillar of Fire denomination - formerly known as the Methodist Pentecostal Union Church). A supporter of the Ku Klux Klan, she was anti-Semitic and, despite the original name of her denomination, strongly opposed to Pentecostal manifestations such as tongues-speaking.
The first Southern Baptist congregation was formally organized in Las Vegas, with 33 charter members. It was the second Southern Baptist church established in Nevada.
Pope Cyril VI of Alexandria, President Abdel Nasser, and Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia inaugurate the new Cathedral of Saint Mark in Cairo, Egypt, a prominent Coptic church building.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"