Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, October 9

1253
Death of Robert Grosseteste, a reform-minded English bishop who influenced John Wycliffe and formulated the scientific method.
1561
The Colloquy of Poissy ends. Held near Paris, the conference between the French Roman Catholic bishops and the Protestant ministers is unsuccessful in reaching accord, but paves the way for the 1562 Edict of St. Germain that will officially recognize and give limited freedom to French Protestantism.
1776
Spanish missionaries dedicated the first mission chapel on the northern California coast at Yerba Buena. (In 1847, the city which grew up around the mission changed its name to San Francisco.)
1845
John Henry Newman, formerly an Anglican and a leader of the Oxford Movement, is received into the Roman Catholic church.
1860
Conversion of Robert Anderson, who will later head Scotland Yard.
1920
Orthodox reader Basil Ivanovich Katorgin is sentenced to death by Communists of Omsk province for "counter-revolutionary activity." The sentence will be carried out on October 23 when he is shot.
1922
Death of Stephen Nelson Haskell, a Seventh-day Adventist pioneer, several times president of the California conference and co-founder of the Australian work and an organizer of the denomination's work in Europe.
1935
Yin Renxian and his wife Faith Suyun Ding, who have been reaching out with the gospel to prison inmates and street people, baptize more than twenty prisoners.
1940
Death of Wilfred T. Grenfell, vibrant missionary to Newfoundland and Labrador.
2011
The Egyptian army ruthlessly runs over or shoots Christians who are peacefully protesting the failure of the Muslim government to bring to justice Muslims who have burned Christian churches and attacked Christians. Twenty-seven protesters die. Two days later Muslims will also assault the Christian funeral processions.

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