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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, August 22

394
Relics are installed at the Basilica of St. Thomas the Apostle in Edessa. These will be significant in establishing an upper limit on the date of Egeria's famed pilgrimage to the Mideast.
1433
Paul Craw (Pavel Kravar), Bohemian Hussite, is burned to death in Market Street before St. Andrews in Scotland, the first martyr so burned in that nation. A brass ball has been placed in his mouth so he cannot testify to the crowd.
1532
[or August 23rd] Death at Canterbury, Kent, England, of William Warham, who had been the last Catholic archbishop of Canterbury under King Henry VIII.
1555
Jeanne D'Albret, Queen of Navarre, calls for a conference of her beleaguered Huguenot ministers.
1576
After a four month march over the Alps and across Europe, the Duke of Alva and his forces arrive in Brussels to put down Dutch and Belgian revolt against the repressive Spanish government.
1670
In Massachusetts, English-born colonial missionary John Eliot, 66, founded an Indian church at Martha's Vineyard, with educated Indians Hiacoomes and Tackanash appointed pastor and teacher, respectively.
1751
Isaac Backus is re-baptized, and will become a great Baptist leader of New England.
1752
Death in Lyndon, Rutland, England, of William Whiston, who had been a priest in the Church of England, but left after becoming an Arian. He will long be remembered among English-speaking Christians because he translated the works of Josephus into English.
1831
Birth of William H. Cummings, English musicologist. In 1855 he adapted a theme from Mendelssohn's "Festgesang," which afterward became the melody of the Christmas carol, "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing."
1968
Pope Paul VI becomes the first reigning pope to visit Latin America.

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