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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, September 1

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.
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.
1923
Jessie Wengler, an Assemblies of God missionary in Japan, experiences an earthquake and flees to a bamboo grove for safety.
1936
Death of Lewis E. Jones, YMCA leader. He wrote the hymn tune POWER IN THE BLOOD ( "Would You Be Free from Your Burden of Sin?" ).
1940
Death in Manila of Gregorio Aglipay, the main founder and first bishop of the Philippine Independent Church (Iglesia Filipina Independiente).
1957
At a massive rally in Times Square, Billy Graham concludes his sixteen-week New York City evangelistic crusade in New York City, attended by nearly two million people.
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.
1985
The HQ of Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry moved to its present location in Bellmawr, NJ. Founded in 1938 by Victor Buksbazen, F.I.G.M. works through evangelism and Bible distribution.

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