Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, September 10

1067
Death of Lady Godgifu (Godiva) Buckingham, an Anglo-Saxon noblewoman and Christian, known for founding several monasteries. She had allegedly ridden through town naked (after requesting her people to close their doors and cover their windows) because it was the only way her husband would agree to relieve oppressive taxes on his people.
1224
The Franciscans (founded in 1209 by St. Francis of Assisi) first arrived in England. They were originally called "Grey Friars" because of their gray habits. (The habit worn by modern Franciscans is brown.)
1622
Carlo Spinola, an Italian Jesuit, is roasted alive for his faith at Nagasaki.
1718
The Collegiate School at New Haven, CT, changed its name to Yale. (Congregationalists, unhappy with an increasing religious liberalism at Harvard, had founded Yale, the third oldest college in America, in 1701.)
1734
English revivalist George Whitefield wrote in a letter: 'Pain, if patiently endured, and sanctified to us, is a great purifier of our corrupted nature.'
1794
Blount College -- the first American nondenominational institution of higher learning -- was established in Knoxville. (It later became the University of Tennessee.)
1898
Death in Red Bank, New Jersey, of Alexander Crummell, an African-American priest of the Episcopal Church who labored all his life to obtain equality for African Americans. He will be remembered in the Episcopal Church calendar.
1918
The Communists execute the Orthodox priest Nicholas Ponomarev in Verkhoturye by shooting him.
1958
Kornelius Isaak, a Mennonite missionary, is wounded in Paraguay by a Morro Indian arrow, and dies the next day.
1982
Burial of Joseph Adegbola Ishola Adekunle who had been a leader in Nigerian Baptist churches.

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