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Today in Christian History
(traditional date) Emperor Maximian allegedly puts members of the Theban Legion to the sword when they refuse to renounce their faith.
During the famous Salem Witch Trials, the last 8 "witches" were hanged in Massachusetts. When the turmoil finally settled, 13 women and 7 men had been executed, and over 150 others remained in jail through the next summer.
One hundred and eighty Schwenkfelders arrive in Philadephia. Two days later they hold a thanksgiving service in gratitude for their safe passage to the new world.
The angel Moroni reportedly revealed the golden tablets (containing the "Book of Mormon") to Joseph Smith. They were hidden near the family farm, in Palmyra, NY. Smith's English translation of their strange hieroglyphics became the literary foundation for the new Mormon religion.
Charles Carter arrives in Ceylon as a missionary for the Baptist Missionary Society. He will make such rapid progress in language study that he will be able to preach in Sinhalese in just a few months.
Adams Gertner, founder of the Baptist movement in Latvia, performs his first baptism through faith (i.e.: adult baptism) in Latvia, immersing seventy-two converts in the Ziros river.
Death of Charlotte Elliott, English devotional writer and author of the poignant hymn, "Just As I Am."
Death of Huang Naishang, who had labored as a pastor, Bible translator, YMCA director, newspaper editor, reformer, educator, and advisor to various governments. As he lies dying, he asks his wife to hold up a picture of Christ for him to see and then to place it on his chest.
Death of Ralph Adams Cram, a fervent Anglo-Catholic who had been prominent in ecclesiastical architecture, applying revived English Gothic architectural style to churches in the United States.
A quarter of a million Christians clog the streets of Hyderabad, India, to pay their final respects to evangelist Bakht Singh who is being buried. Inching along the funeral route, they hold aloft Bibles and Scripture banners, singing and praising God.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"