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Today in Christian History
Assassination of John, bishop of Bergamo, in Lombardy, where he had resisted the errors of Arianism with success.
Death of Nicolas Oresme, a French bishop who had written extensively against astrology and developed graphing techniques later used by Galileo and other scientists - among many other worthwhile contributions to knowledge.
Clement VII excommunicated Henry VIII for divorcing Catherine of Aragon, andafterward marrying Anne Boleyn. Two years later, Henry broke with Rome and established theAnglican communion as the national religion of England.
Ann Austin and Mary Fisher become the first Quakers to arrive in America but are promptly arrested. Five weeks later, they will be deported back to England.
Death of Baptist hymnwriter Joseph Stennet who produced hymnals and wrote a few hymns that are still remembered, chiefly "Another Six Day's Work Is Done."
Eric Liddell wins the Olympic 400 meter race in Paris after he had rejected an opportunity to run in the 100 meter race because its heats were on a Sunday: he believes it is a violation of God's Sabbath command to run on Sunday.
American missionary and martyr Jim Elliot wrote in his journal: 'Teach me, LordJesus,... not to be hungering for the "strange and peculiar" when the common, ordinary, andregular, rightly taken, will suffice to feed and satisfy the soul.'
Tanganyikan Catholic bishops issue a pastoral letter titled Africans and the Christian Way of Life.
American Presbyterian missionary Francis Schaeffer observed in a letter: 'No priceis too high to have a free conscience before God.'
The Vatican reported that Albania had closed its last Roman Catholic church.(Albania is a tiny Balkan country with an area only the size of Maryland.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"