Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, September 1

1558
Dutch Anabaptist reformer Menno Simons, 62, confessed in a letter: 'There is nothing upon earth my heart loves more than it does the church.'
1646
The Cambridge Synod of Congregational Churches convened in Mass. It formulated the 'Cambridge Platform,' outlining the proper polity (religious government) to be followed by the New England Congregational churches.
1648
Death of Marin Mersenne, a French priest known as a facilitator of science. He had corresponded with everyone who was anyone in science in Europe, offering shrewd suggestions and comments on their work. For example, he had suggested using a pendulum to mark time, which led Huygens to develop the first pendulum clock. Mersenne had also contributed to the theory of prime numbers and acoustics.
1680
Beheading of Angelis, a young goldsmith in Constantinople who had shown little seriousness toward his faith. However, when confronted with the choice to convert to Islam or lose his life, he had boldly confessed Christ.
1803
The Massachusetts Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge is instituted in Boston, the first tract society established in North America.
1836
When missionaries Marcus Whitman, H. H. Spalding, and their wives reach Walla Walla, Washington, Eliza Spaulding and Narcissa Whitman are the first white women to have crossed the North American continent.
1901
Death of Isabella Thoburn from Asiatic cholera. She had been a notable missionary-educator.
1940
Death in Manila of Gregorio Aglipay, the main founder and first bishop of the Philippine Independent Church (Iglesia Filipina Independiente).
1970
Mei Yibao begins serving as president of the New Asia College of the Chinese University in Hong Kong. A Christian, he had served as traveling secretary for the YMCA for a year and had led Yanching University, a Christian institution, during the difficult days of Japanese occupation.
1975
Martyrdom in Boniato Prison of Gerardo Gonzalez Alvarez, a Cuban Bible preacher.

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