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Today in Christian History
Death of Ignatius, patriarch of Constantinople. He had held the position twice during a period of turmoil over icons. (He endorsed icons.)
In England, the main cathedral at Wells (begun c.1186) was consecrated. The most striking interior feature of the cathedral are the inverted arches (14th century) by which the piers of the tower are strengthened.
The University of Heidelberg is founded in Germany with approval of Pope Urban VI as a college of the Cistercian order.
In retaliation for numerous abuses by Protestant overlords, Irish Catholics massacre some English Protestant settlers. The result is a bitter war in which both sides will commit atrocities. The hatreds developed will smolder for centuries.
Henry Martyn, later to become a remarkable missionary, is ordained and given charge of a church at Lolworth, Cambridgeshire, England.
Hiram Bingham, Asa Thurston, and other missionaries sail for the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) to undertake what will be a successful evangelistic work.
Death at age thirty-three of Pliny Fisk, missionary pioneer in Syria. He had just begun a regular Arabic Sunday service, and had nearly completed an English-Arabic dictionary.
Delegates from eight states met in Nashville and organized the Southern Baptist Sunday School Union. The organization proved short-lived, when it was nullified by the onset of the American Civil War.
Birth of Edgar J. Goodspeed, American Greek N.T. scholar. He taught at the University of Chicago 1898-1937. In 1931, he co-authored with JMP Smith "The Bible: An American Translation," better known today as "Smith and Goodspeed."
Under the influence of his mother, Chinese leader Chiang Kai Shek converts to Christianity.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"