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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, September 4

422
Death of Pope St. Boniface I, who was awarded the papacy by Imperial decree. Boniface had supported Augustine of Hippo against Pelagianism.
1646
Johann Companius dedicates the first Lutheran church in America in the Swedish colonial settlement Christina, near present-day Wilmington, Delaware on Tinicum Island.
1666
The Great Fire of London destroys old St. Paul's Cathedral.
1741
Thomas Gillespie becomes the minister of Carnock in Fife. He becomes a strong advocate of allowing Presbyterian congregations to choose their own ministers, rather than having one appointed by the general assembly.
1771
Francis Asbury boards ship for America, where he will so organize and extend the Methodist church that by his death it will have grown from being one of America's smallest denominations to being its largest.
1773
Some of the priests of the Canonical Chapter of Castellena protest having to do homage and pay tithe to a woman "bishop" (abbess) in Naples.
1802
Birth of Marcus Whitman, American Presbyterian and pioneer medical missionary. In 1836 his family became the first whites to reach the Pacific coast by wagon train. Whitman and his wife Narcissa were murdered by the Cayuse Indians in present-day Washington state in 1847.
1817
The Dutch announce plans to reorganize the Protestant churches in the Dutch Indies (Indonesia).
1846
Death of David Abeel. A pioneer missionary to Batavia, he had also been instrumental in organizing the Society for Promoting Female Education in the East.
1977
Trans World Radio begins broadcasting from its newest station, a 100,000-watt shortwave transmitter in Guam.

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