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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, September 6

1320
The remains of Saint Michael, Prince of Tver (Russia), martyred by a Khan, are placed in a church he had built in honor of the Transfiguration.
1620
The Mayflower sails from Plymouth, England, with Pilgrims aboard.
1657
The Catholic Church places Blaise Pascal's Provincial Letters on the Index of Prohibited Books. The Letters defended Jansenism, a Catholic reform movement, against Jesuit opponents.
1748
Death at Bath, England, of Bishop Edmund Gibson, who had produced a definitive and scholarly work on English ecclesiastical law, Corpus Juris Ecclesiastici Anglicani.
1812
Colonial American missionary Adoniram Judson, 24, en route to the mission field, converted from Congregationalism to become a Baptist. He later translated the Bible into Burmese and authored a Burmese dictionary (1849).
1907
Pius X issued the encyclical "Pascendi dominici gregis," in which he condemned the "modernist" movement within the various branches of Christendom. The document also established councils to combat these "modern errors."
1938
The movie "Boys Town" was first released by MGM studios. Starring Spencer Tracy, the award-winning film depicted the founding of the famous vocational institution in Nebraska in 1917 by parish priest Father Edward J. Flanagan, 31.
1955
Muslims in Instanbul riot against Christians and Greeks, gutting or sacking sixty of the city's eighty Christian churches.
1958
Anna-Greta Stjarne, thirty-two year-old missionary, is shot and killed by bandits as she rides in a car in Ethiopia. Her funeral will be held four days later.
1974
American Presbyterian missionary Francis Schaeffer wrote in a letter: 'Only the one who has been hurt can bring healing. The other person cannot. It is the one who has been hurt who has to be willing to be hurt again to show love, if there is to be hope that healing will come.'

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