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Today in Christian History
Death of Pope St. Boniface I, who was awarded the papacy by Imperial decree. Boniface had supported Augustine of Hippo against Pelagianism.
Johann Companius dedicates the first Lutheran church in America in the Swedish colonial settlement Christina, near present-day Wilmington, Delaware on Tinicum Island.
The Great Fire of London destroys old St. Paul's Cathedral.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Dutch announce plans to reorganize the Protestant churches in the Dutch Indies (Indonesia).
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.
Trans World Radio begins broadcasting from its newest station, a 100,000-watt shortwave transmitter in Guam.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"