Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, July 21

1495
Girolamo Savonarola is summoned to Rome to answer charges, but he refuses to leave Florence, where he is undertaking reforms.
1773
Death of Welsh evangelist Howell Harris.
1829
Birth of public school teacher Priscilla Jane Owens. A Methodist who remained inBaltimore all her life, she left behind two enduring hymns: 'We Have an Anchor' and 'JesusSaves.'
1833
Death from malaria of Melville Cox, missionary to Liberia, who had said, "Let a thousand fall before Africa be given up!" He had been the first missionary sent by the Methodists of America.
1886
The cardinal's hat was conferred upon Elzear Alexandre Taschereau, 66, archbishopof Quebec. He was the first Canadian to be made a cardinal in the Catholic Church.
1889
Death at Rostock, Germany, of Michael Baumgarten, a theologian and active promoter of free church life.
1900
Albert Schweitzer, who will become a famed theologian and missionary, is licensed in theology.
1925
Following a sensational 12-day trial, high school biology teacher John T. Scopeswas found guilty of teaching evolution in his Dayton, TN classroom and was fined $100.
1967
Chief Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli is struck by a train and dies. A Congregationalist, he had been at the forefront of resistance to Apartheid in South Africa, an effort he tied to his Christian beliefs: "The road to freedom is via the cross." He had been the Nobel Peace Prize winner six years earlier.
2003
Israeli authorities arrest Oded Golan, an antiquities dealer, whom they accuse of forging the inscription on the James ossuary. The charges will later be dropped and many archaeologists will remain convinced the object is authentic because of the old patina (a surface film caused by oxidation) in its letters.

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