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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, September 18

52
Birth of Marcus Ulpius Trajan, Emperor of Rome from AD 98-117. He was the third Roman emperor to rule, after Nero (54-68) and Domitian (81-96), who persecuted the Early Church. During Trajan's reign, the apostolic father Ignatius of Antioch was martyred, in AD 117.
1634
Anne Hutchinson arrives from England to Boston, Massachusetts, where she will rouse controversy and eventually be banished.
1639
Connecticut observes its first annual thanksgiving day as a colony, following heated debate whether or not setting aside a specific day will prompt people to neglect thanking God on other days.
1765
Birth of Oliver Holden, early Puritan pastor and statesman. His love for music is demonstrated in the hymn tune CORONATION ("All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name"), which he composed in 1792 at the age of 27.
1884
Death of Jerry McAuley, founder of New York's Water Street Mission, a pioneer among American rescue missions.
1924
A complete Bible translation of the Old and New Testaments was published by American Bible scholar and historian James Moffatt, 54. Moffatt's intention was to make available to the lay reader, in simple language, a current scholarly understanding of the biblical text.
1930
Death of New England music evangelist Carrie E. Rounsefell, 69. It was Rounsefell who composed the hymn tune MANCHESTER, to which we sing today, "I'll Go Where You Want Me to Go."
1938
The Church of Constantinople accepts the formerly uniate (i.e. Catholic associated) parishes of North America as a new Orthodox diocese and consecrates Orestes Chornock to be their bishop. He will be active on many fronts, convening the diocese's first convention, supporting the formation of its youth organizaiton, and leading in the formation of an Orthodox seminary.
1950
Bishop Makarios is elected the Orthodox Archbishop and Ethnarch of Cyprus. He will quickly move to the forefront of efforts to end British rule in Cyprus and eventually will be exiled by the British government. In 1959, he will negotiate a compromise agreement for an independent Cypriot republic and will be elected the first president of the Republic of Cyprus. However his situation will prove so difficult that the Greeks will attempt to assassinate him and Turkey will eventually invade the island (in 1974), seizing 40% of its territory.
1964
Congolese rebels ransack a missionary hospital at Wasolo. They murder two of the Congolese nurses - Constant Kokembe and Boniface Bomba - and take missionary doctor Paul Carlson hostage.

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